Two new language and speech therapy programs, and digital communications and integrated media were started by the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).
In September, both will begin. The first of its kind is the programmer of speech therapy. SIT said yesterday that in Singapore there is a growing demand for speech therapists, early intervention children and older adults with problems such as a stroke.
Singapore National University is the only institution with a master’s degree in speech therapy, and local students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree must turn to countries like Australia and Britain. Fees are typically starting from $100,000 for these programs at universities in those countries, and the SIT programmer will cost nearly $37,000.
She added that the supply of locally trained speech therapists will expand to meet the needs of the aging population and developments such as children living with developmental problems like autism.
In consultation with therapists from all three major health clusters in Singapore–the National University Health System, the Sing Health and the National Health Group–and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, the new four-year speech therapy programmer has been developed.
Often consulted were private practitioners.
Thirty Weeks of clinical practice will be undertaken by students in the programmer with different institutions of public and private health.
The pipeline of locally educated speech therapists should grow, said Ms. Melissa Chua, Heads of Language Therapy at Sengkang General Hospital, to meet the demands of an aging population and trends such that children are diagnosed with developing problems such as autism.
In response to industry demand, the university has also launched the other undergraduate programmer on digital communications and integrated media. It has a highly digital emphasis that separates it from other universities and private educational institutions with similar programs, he said.
The aim is to train students in web analytics, media integration, and digital media production. Three-year graduates will work in areas such as advertisement, media, corporate communications, and public relations.
Mr. Howie Lau, Head of Industrial Development at IFDA said that such courses would help foster the pipeline of ready-to-use media professionals.