NTU Singapore and Facebook join forces to develop data center talent

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Facebook are set to join forces to develop local data center talent with new certificate programmes and a major data investment hub.

Five courses are on offer to train and upskill local engineering talent to meet increasing demand for specialists in the data center industry.

Professor Ling San, NTU Deputy President and Provost, said: “We are very proud to contribute towards growing local talent in the data center sector through our collaboration with Facebook.”

The nine-month pilot programme will offer four specialist certificates in design engineering, network engineering, site operations and facility operations as well as one graduate certificate in international construction management.

Professor Ling San added: “With NTU’s deep expertise in emerging technologies and Facebook’s data center expertise, participants of our new certificate programmes will be able to benefit from a world-class education and stand in good stead in the future job market.”

The programme will be open to the public with funding and mid-career subsidy options provided by SkillsFuture Singapore.

NTU graduates could be part of Facebook’s data center future in Singapore

Facebook is expected to complete the construction of their huge 11 storey, 170,000 square-meter Singapore data center worth more than US$1 billion in 2022.

One of Singapore’s leading data center facilities management providers and collaborator with Facebook, CBRE Data Centre Solutions, will offer data center training and career advice for students on NTU’s new programme.

Gavin Chua, Facebook’s Head of Infrastructure Engagement in Asia, said: “When we decided to build a data center in Singapore, local talent was an important consideration for us.”

Students will learn how to build and operate efficient data centers in Singapore.

“Singapore is a global hub for data centers services, and we are pleased to help develop local talent in this increasingly critical industry,” celebrated Andy Hobbs, CBRE APAC’s Executive Director of Data Centre Solutions.

NTU engineering graduates will have the opportunity to take up these programmes to help them pivot their career into a growing industry.

NTU Vice President of Alumni and International Affairs, Professor Jimmy Hsia, said: “NTU has an alumni population of more than 247,000 graduates employed in various fields. Through the new certificate programmes … we are confident in helping equip our alumni with the industry-relevant skills necessary for their continued success in this evolving economy.”

Future courses could involve more data center players

Following the nine-month programme starting this August, the pilot by the Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU) will look to introduce more courses that could involve other data center players.

Associate Professor Shirley Lim, Executive Director of PaCE@NTU, said: “This will support the country’s drive towards becoming a smart nation as it strengthens its role in data storage and related fields like data protection, intellectual property and data security.”

NTU will consult with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and industry stakeholders to make sure the programmes meet the specific needs of business owners and working professionals in the sector.

“IMDA would like to thank NTU Singapore and Facebook for this partnership to train and groom more local talent for the data center segment of our ICT sector,” said Kiren Kumar, Assistant Chief Executive of Digital Industry and Talent Group at the IMDA.

Under the TechSkills Accelerator initiative by the IMDA, Singaporeans are able to build their industry-relevant skills with confidence and contribute to the digital economy through strong partnerships between industry leaders and academic institutions like Facebook and NTU.

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