25 Oct 2018 SAPE Annual Conference






Theme 1 – Shaping learning outcomes to produce graduates with the right-fit for future employment

Theme 2 – The impact of Industry 4.0 and Web 3.0

Theme 3 – Leveraging new technology to improve teaching delivery and enhance learning outcomes

Theme 4 – Enhancing resilience of private educators and securing quality outcomes




Time Agenda Venue
0815 Registration C4-14
0850 Arrival of Guest of Honour
Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan, Member of Parliament, West Coast GRC & Assistant Secretary-General NTUC
0900 Welcome Address
Mr Viva Sinniah, President, SAPE
0910 Opening Address
Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan, Member of Parliament, West Coast GRC & Assistant Secretary-General NTUC
0925 Keynote Address
Mr Brandon Lee, Director-General (Private Education), SkillsFuture SingaporeBrandon will talk about key statistics and trends on the private education sector. He will also share his thoughts on how the education landscape and CPE’s approach have evolved over the years and whether the sector is heading in the right direction.
0945 Plenary 1

Next Stage of Economic Evolution: Asianisation

How the Private Education industry can take advantage of it

Mr Francis Tan, Economist, UOB Group

The 19th century was a period where the Great Britain prospered on the back of the industrial revolution. The US took over that role in the 20th century as it became the world’s largest economy. Now, the economic tide has arrived in Asia in the 21st century – thus the term “Asianisation”. With the unstoppable shift in economic prowess to Asia, it was no doubt that Western economies are taking up a protectionist stance, in a bid to maintain their market share. What’s the fate of Asia and ASEAN and should the private education industry still focus on this economic pie? UOB economist Francis Tan puts out the facts, highlights the biggest challenges for Singapore, and points out the opportunities underneath.


 Tea Break I

Level 3 & 4
1040 Plenary 2

Trends shaping the industry and commerce. Change is NOT the only constant! Preparing the minds to weather the disruptions and thrive on them.

Mr Ajit Aras, Executive Vice President, Sharp Electronics Singapore

The industry, as well as the world around us faces the greatest changes in history. Both the intensity and spread of change are higher today than any time before. Pretty much every sector of the industry, is disrupted by this wave of innovations. Are our young minds ready for the opportunities and threats posed by the technological innovations and the knowledge economy? What would be the “must have” skills to survive and thrive in this unpredictable but exciting future?

1110 Plenary 3

4th Industry Revolution, Higher Education, and the Future of Skills

Dr Nancy Gleason, Director for Teaching and Learning, Yale-NUS

We are now in a new global economy where the fusion of several technologies is not only automating production, but also knowledge. Artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, blockchain, and biotechnology are all coming together to change how we work and live. Fast paced disruptions require that higher education institutions respond to help develop lifelong learners in new ways. Providing robust experiential learning, liberal arts pedagogy, and micro-credentialing of adult learners are essential first steps. While new job categories are hard to conceive, creative thinking, negotiation, and cognitive agility are anticipated to be essential future skills in the automation economy. The so-called, ‘robot revolution’ is upon us, and this talk provides an overview of key characteristics.

1140 Panel Discussion

Shaping learning outcomes to produce graduates with the right-fit for future economy and sustainable employment

Moderator: Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, SIM Holdings Pte Ltd

Panellist: Mr Brandon Lee, Mr Francis Tan, Mr Ajit Aras & Dr Nancy Gleason

1210 Networking Lunch Level 1 Cafeteria





Track 1 

Raising The Bar Through Quality Framework

Venue: C4-04

Track 2

 Gearing Up for The VUCA Era

Venue: C4-14

Track 3

 Holistic Approach to Future Learning Behaviour

Venue: C4-13

1325 Developing Self-Scoring Toolkit for the EduTrust Certification Scheme

Mr Ramasamy Somasundaram 

Deputy Chief Assessor

Committee for Private Education

Rama will be sharing on how PEIs could develop an EduTrust Self Evaluation Questionnaire (SEQ). The SEQ could be used as an instrument to review the systems and process of the PEI and identify strengths and areas for continual improvements resulting in better administrative and academic outcomes.

Cyber Resilience for Private Education Institutions

Mr Hoi Wai Khin

Director, Risk Advisory, RSM

Ms Sylvia Loh

Director, Accounting, RSM

We can no longer keep YOU out. No matter how high we build our walls, there is always a way for cyber criminals to infiltrate our network. The sobering reality today is that cyber attackers are adapting at a much faster pace than security solutions are being developed to protect us. From the many recent data breach headlines, it is evident that traditional security measures such as firewalls and anti-virus solutions are no longer adequate. It is now not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ a cyberattack will happen. Businesses must be prepared for the eventuality of breaches and attacks. Instead of just blocking attackers, forward thinking leaders should look at building cyber resilience to mitigate the impact and to ensure business continuity. A strong cybersecurity posture is critical to an organisation’s financial stability and profitability because it protects the company’s assets, fosters a vibrant workspace where growth and innovation can prosper.

The Design of Motivation

Ms Goh Lih Ing

Efficacy & Research Manager, Asia, Pearson Education

Motivation is one of the most universal concerns of educators. How do we motivate students to learn more, deeper and better? What is “The Growth Mindset”? What is “Motivation Design”? In this workshop, we explore different theories of motivation and discuss ideas that are likely to influence students to be proactive and self-regulated learners.


1355 Employability for the New Generation: Practices and Perspectives

Mr Guy Perring

Regional Director, i-graduate Asia

This interactive workshop is designed to ensure that institutions review employer input as well as higher education practices to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. Of major focus and concern for institutions, government and regulatory authorities is ensuring successful employment outcomes for their students and the workshop will explore how to embed employability in all your learning and teaching activities. We will look at benchmarked data across Singapore as well as some global and regional comparisons. Drawing across best practice within the SAPE membership as well as globally, participants will gain an understanding of how crucial this area is to student satisfaction/ recommendation and will have clear examples to draw on to implement these practises within their institutions.


1425 Better Business by Design

Mr Andrew Pang


Design Business Chamber Singapore

The emergence of new technologies in the last decades has led to disruptions in many traditional business sectors. Organisations like Airbnb, Grab and Netflix are prime examples of how new businesses have successfully used technology to disrupt existing businesses. But companies that merely adopt technology thinking that it is the answer to all existing issues have been left disappointed. In this era of VUCA, how do we ensure that our work remains relevant and viable? Come and discover what plays a very important role in shaping the future of businesses?

Promoting Mental Wellness of Students to Achieve Desirable Learning Outcomes

Ms Porsche Poh

Executive Director

Silver Ribbon (Singapore)

As studies have shown that student resilience and wellbeing are essential for both academi and social development, Porsche will highlight how school institutions could play a part in promoting mental wellness of students to achieve learning outcomes and share a list of effective mental health initiatives launched by local and overseas universities. She would also share on the mental health resources to support students with emotional issues.


1455 Tea Break II Level 3 & 4




Plenary 4

Mission Possible: Future Ready Teachers

Dr Trivina Kang, Associate Dean, Professional and Leadership Development (Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning), National Institute of Education, Singapore

Much has been said about how students today need skills and knowledge to thrive in the global economic and technological environment. There has also been much discussion about whether one needs a degree to be equipped for this role or if skills can be learnt on the job. This session will share how National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, programmes are designed to prepare future ready teachers. The NIE learning experience, with various modes of technology integration, nurtures future ready teachers to shape future ready learners of tomorrow.  


1550 Plenary 5

Predictive Learning Analytics

Mr Marcel Creed, Director, Market Development, Tribal Group APA

Defining, measuring and then predicting learning outcomes, as well as the conditions necessary to develop and sustain desirable outcomes, is the substance of exemplary teaching practice.

The ‘Predictive Learning Analytics’ session sets out how the educational institution can refine its teaching practice through understanding a range of factors that influence learner outcomes. We review predictive learning practices in conjunction with educational technology products and services to strengthen learner outcomes and practitioner insight. Fundamental to this is the effective use of student data that is readily available for maximising outcomes in individual student and organisational performance.


1620 Plenary 6

Learning Technologies as the Future of Learning: Understand, Implement & Evaluate

Ms Goh Lih Ing, Efficacy And Research Manager, Asia, Pearson Education

As the future of work unfolds, what makes us human is what will make us employable. The increasing importance of learning technologies is directly related to an increasingly technology-driven job market. Fundamental skills in using technology to teach and learn are required for effective delivery of content, knowledge and skills, as well as engaging students in deep, meaningful learning. “Any learning technology must be understood as just one part of an instructional system, not as a learning intervention unto itself.” Understanding the tool, selecting the tool, implementing it and evaluating it would be critical in enhancing the teaching and learning experiences.

1650 Panel Discussion

Roles of education institutions in the current era and how to leverage on new technologies to improve teaching delivery and enhance learning

Moderator: Dr John Fong, CEO, SP Jain School of Global Management

Panellist: Dr Trivina Kang, Mr Marcel Creed, Ms Goh Lih Ing & Mr Andrew Pang

1720 Closing Address

Dr Dale Anderson, 1st Vice President, SAPE