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Better prospects are in store for graduates of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy's new Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) degree programme.
SINGAPORE: Better prospects are in store for graduates of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy's new Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) degree programme.
The programme is jointly offered by the BCA and the University of Newcastle, Australia (UoN).
It will equip graduates with strong grounding in management and building information modelling (BIM). The programme offers diploma holders in the built environment a pathway to further enhance their academic and career prospects with new skills and expertise.
Under the four-year degree programme, students will gain construction management knowledge and skills with an emphasis on using BIM.
BIM is a three-dimensional technology that allows building professionals to explore a building project digitally, before it is even built.
The programme is conducted at the BCA Academy.
Its first intake of full-time students started lessons on Monday.
BCA said its part-time programme will be offered in subsequent intakes.
BIM has been identified as one of the game-changing tools to improve construction productivity. The impetus for the built environment sector to embrace this technology is driven by mandatory requirements for the use of BIM for regulatory approval of building projects greater than 5,000 square metres by 2015.
BCA Academy's managing director, William Tan, said: "BCA is proud to partner the University of Newcastle -- one of the most progressive universities in Australia -- for this programme. The strong academic and research capabilities of University of Newcastle complements BCA Academy's effort in delivering quality education and practical training in Singapore's built environment sector.
"The Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) programme with strong emphasis in BIM will produce students with specialised competencies to serve the needs of the industry for an excellent built environment in Singapore."
University of Newcastle, Australia Pro Vice-Chancellor (Singapore) and CEO of UON Singapore, Professor Amir Mahmood, said: "Celebrating the launch of the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) with BCA Academy is the university's way to create value to the evolving construction industry.
"With Building Information Modelling embedded in these courses, we see the alignment with Singapore's emphasis on increasing productivity and innovation."