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SIM University (UniSIM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) to provide free university education for up to 10 Singapore paddlers at the University.
SINGAPORE: SIM University (UniSIM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) to provide free university education for up to 10 Singapore paddlers at the University.
The MOU signing ceremony was held at the SIM campus in Clementi on Tuesday afternoon. Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan Jin was the guest of honour at the event.
The UniSIM-STTA Sports Leader Sponsorship agreement is for five years and will fully cover the tuition fees of two national players per year for the entire duration of their undergraduate programme and the Continuing Education and Training (CET) modular courses at UniSIM.
The STTA will nominate the paddlers each year based on their performances and their academic aptitude. They will not need to serve a bond with UniSIM or STTA upon completion of their studies.
This is not the first time that STTA has struck up a partnership with an educational institution. To date, the national sports association has also partnered Nanyang Technological University, Republic Polytechnic and the Singapore Sports School in its efforts to enable preferential admissions to their youth paddlers, and provide tailored programmes to help them meet both their education and national training needs.
STTA president Lee Bee Wah said that the latest sponsorship with UniSIM will benefit the table tennis players when they retire, and give them a sense of assurance that they have not lost out in educational opportunities while playing full-time.
Dr Lee said: “It is our belief that solid agreements between STTA and the educational sector will enable our players to focus on their pursuit for sporting excellence, knowing that their post-playing career is well taken care of.”
UniSIM president Professor Cheong Hee Kiat also noted that the school’s “flexible mode of delivery is ideal for up-and-coming paddlers seeking to balance studying and high level training”.