Education has never been more important than today, especially in the global knowledge economy. Being able to pick up new skills makes one adaptable to economic headwinds and transformative technologies. For many, such as Khairilanwar Baharudin, a recipient of the Scheme, it was not only beneficial – it reaffirmed his belief in lifelong learning.
Khairilanwar, who is currently working at Gojek Singapore, had chosen to take up a Master of Science in International Management and Human Resource Management at Aventis School of Management. He shared how the scheme was helpful to him at a personal and professional level.
“Through the sponsorship, I was able to meet like-minded classmates and forge great friendships. In terms of work, I managed to progress from a purely consulting role to that of an internal role in human resource, which has been a lifelong dream,” he said.
“My current employer recognises my career aspiration, which includes my desire to upgrade myself through the SAFRA Education Scheme, and has given me the opportunity these past months to be involved in strategic and regional projects.”
The scheme was introduced in 1994 with the aim of providing opportunities for SAFRA Members to upgrade themselves on the education front. Over the years, SAFRA has partnered with various educational institutions to offer diploma, advanced diploma and degree sponsorships to its members. Some of the institutions participating in the scheme include the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), SIM Global Education, PSB Academy, Kaplan Higher Education Institute, as well as Aventis School of Management.
For Jet Tay, who took up a part-time degree in Information Technology and Business at UniSIM (now SUSS) in 2016, the scheme brought about a big, positive change in his life. On top of learning new skills, he said it is also an endorsement for him at the professional level.