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Early birds get breakfast! – Sponsored by UOB


9.00am Welcome Address
  Mr Vivia SInniah, President, SAPE


9.10am Opening Address
  Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education




Signing of Memorandum of Understanding


 9.35am Keynote Address
  Mr Remy ChooDirector, Private Education Regulation Division, Regulation, Fraud & Enforcement Group, SkillsFuture Singapore


 9.55am Plenary 1
  Mr Khor Chern Chuen, Managing Director, SAP Asia Pte Ltd



Intelligent Enterprise – Transformation for process automation, innovation, and optimal experiences In Intelligent Enterprises, data feeds intelligence which in turn feeds process automation and innovation. At SAP, we believe best-run businesses are data and process driven and hence SAP’s intelligent, next-generation Cloud ERP business suite – SAP S/4HANA Cloud – integrates every business process, turns real-time data into actions, and increases employee productivity for innovation, company’s digital transformation and run ahead. It helps to close the experience gap which allows us to listen to real-time sentiment and combine it with operational data to understand how to improve customer, employee, product, and brand experiences so as to connect with customers on a deeper level.  It also unlocks new sources of growth which embeds intelligence across processes, anticipate customer needs, and rapidly design, manufacture, and deliver to demand. Create new business models, products and services to delight customers and engage your total workforce to fuel new growth.  Lastly, it sets the pace for your industry which allows you to innovate with technologies like AI, machine learning, blockchain, and the Internet of Things to lead your industry and define its future. Automate processes, predict outcomes, and reach new levels of efficiency and agility.




Tea Break I – Sponsored by Amazon Wed Services, Inc 


 10.50am Plenary 2
  Mr Alvin Liew, Senior Economist, Senior Vice President, Global Economics and Markets Research, United Overseas Bank (UOB)



Global Market Outlook: Uncertainties, Volatilities, and Prospects Let Alvin walk us through the trade tensions such as driving markets and its uncertainty, how to divert and diversify to stay competitive while dealing with the challenges and opportunities in this increasingly digital world.


11.15am Plenary 3
  Ms Jasmine Tang, Co-Founder, Empire Code



Empowering our next generation with the language of the future What Empire Code is doing to prepare students for anticipated market demands and worker skills? How the private sector is assessing and the way jobs are changing and anticipating the skills needed to adapt to them. This includes specific activities organizations have created to develop future ready skills. How Empire Code has created programs to help organisations on the new skills that are required, created specific programs for women, the poor and the disabled, and preparing workers for future job markets by working with ASEAN member states.


11.40am Plenary 4
  Mr Robert Smith, Higher Education & Research Industry Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific
SynopsisA Vision for Institutional Transformation During this session we will explore the waves of change in Industry, the Workforce, Technology and Education with a view to understand how this is driving the transformation of Education Institutions and our Roles in society.
 12.05pm Plenary 5
  Mr Steven Koh, Director, Government Digital Services, GovTech


OpenCerts is a blockchain-based platform offers an easy and reliable way to issue and validate academic certificates that are tamper-resistant. In this presentation hear not only about how it works, but the benefits to organisations, students and even employers who use it – and how you can come on-board.




Lunch – Sponsored by Netpoleon Solutions
Please refer to the programme for a list of lunchtime talks at the PAT Foyer.
2.00pm – 3.30pm


Workshop I & II (please download the programme for details on the workshops)


2.00pm Plenary 5
  Dr Ng Jo-Han, Associate Professor, Director of Foundation Programme & Head of Quality Assurance, University of Southampton (Malaysia Campus)



Escape Room: A New Paradigm in Education Using the Creative and Playful Learning Pedagogical Model In recent years, the number of students studying the four major disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is declining. The reputation of science being difficult and its reality of being taught in an uninteresting manner, contributes to the declining trend. As such, reigniting interests in STEM becomes pertinent among educators. In this plenary session, we will look at how a nascent pedagogical model, namely the Creative and Playful Learning (CPL) method through the use of an Escape Room can help students to rejuvenate the love of STEM, from school to universities. We will demonstrate how the use of Escape Room which is an Asian cultural phenomenon can transform education. The session will also illustrate how students could collaborate with educators to develop education-themed physical escape rooms. Additionally, the benefits of using a digital native-friendly Digital Escape Room for education will also be demonstrated. The session ends with the sharing of a framework and guidelines to transform your own classroom into an escape room.


2.30pm Plenary 6
  Ms Anisa Zulfiqar, Business Development Manager, Asia, Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment, Pearson Education South Asia Pte Ltd



The Science Behind Predicting Performance Student and employee selection can be a game of risk, where the chances of identifying an applicant who will be a good fit and motivated for a study course or a job needs to be balanced.  There are a wide variety of tools and processes to help manage the risks associated with selection decisions.  In response to this challenge, there is now over 100 years of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of different methods that can be used in the selection process where the right fit applicants can be identified for each study course or job role.  This talk summarises the scientific research on the effectiveness of different selection methods, explains key concepts and identifies considerations to be taken when using each method.


2.50pm Plenary 7
  Ms Goh Lih Ing, Efficacy and Research Manager, Pearson Education South Asia Pte Ltd



Motivating and Engaging Learners: A Perspective in Online and Blended Learning Learning technologies have been used in different types of interaction – between learner and instructor, between learner and learner, and between learner and content. In this session, we explore the challenges of delivering positive and meaningful learning experiences in online and blended learning models. How can we improve student engagement in environments or contexts that have elements of online and blended learning? How do we groom motivated learners through the use of learning technologies?


3.10pm Plenary 8
  Mr Russ Neu, Founder & CEO, Social Collider



How and why private education institutions as well as their graduates should and can be socially responsible There are about 300 private education institutions in Singapore, with about 100,000 students enrolled. This is a significant number of people that can be mobilised to enact real change in the community, only if we make an intentional effort to. The flexibility of private education system in fact does offer many avenues to do so, from courses on social responsibility to involving the Students in Social Entrepreneurship projects. This talk will address the potential of such efforts, as well as touch on the importance of individual efforts in social responsibility for the students.




Tea Break II – Sponsored by Amazon Web Services, Inc




Fire-Side Chat Hosted by SkillsFuture Singapore Industry Development Division


4.40pm Plenary 10
  Dr Ivy Chia, Head of Programme (Education), Singapore University of Social Sciences



Learning Analytics Demystified We are placed at the dawn of the 4th industrial revolution which is characterised by automation, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and big data analytics. This presentation examines the various uses of learning analytics to support Education 4.0. More crucially, this presentation will present learning analytics approaches, along with institutional strategies used currently to obtain actionable insights to improve student learning. The presentation will also attempt to debunk common myths concerning big data and analytics.


5.05pm Plenary 11
  Mr Kannan Chettiar, Co-founder and Managing Director, Avvanz



IR4.0 and the skills and competencies companies are looking for. Digitalization journey to adopt new technologies in businesses and HR perspective on the importance of having thorough background check on CVs to prevent discrepancy.


5.30pm Lucky Draw – Sponsored by UOB
Closing Address
Assoc Prof Rhys Johnson, 1st Vice President, SAPE