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As we approach the dawn of a new millennium, it is essential that we equip our students with the necessary skills to cope with the challenges of a knowledge-based economy. In this issue of CDTL Brief on the theme of ‘Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workplace’, we present several perspectives of how various NUS departments have modified, or perhaps should modify, their curricula and teaching methods to achieve this goal.

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November 26 1999, Vol. 2 No. 5 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Need For Structural Reforms
Associate Professor Yeo Swee Ping
Deputy Head (Admin), Dept of Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
The call to inspire students to greater heights is often directed at academic staff members because they are the ones who have to stand before the class to deliver lectures, conduct tutorials or even supervise experiments. Continue reading

Teaching Pharmacy Practice
Associate Professor Chan Sui Yung
Coordinator of Pharmacy Practice Division
Department of Pharmacy
In 1995, to make sure that pharmacy practice meets the changing health needs of Singaporeans, Associate Professor Ngiam Tong Lan, then Head of the Pharmacy Department, decided to revamp the teaching of pharmacy practice. Continue reading

The Importance of Teaching Technology Subjects to Today’s Architecture Students
Assistant Professor Lim Guan Tiong
School of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture, Building & Real Estate
Early architects were able to design and run building construction projects with little or no support from other professionals. But buildings have, in recent years, become much more complicated and contain more sophisticated systems and employ ever-increasing levels of technology and engineering. Continue reading

Wither Cross-Disciplinary Classes?
Mr Edmund Kwan
Human Resource Management Unit
Faculty of Business Administration
In December 1998, I visited Philips’ design lab in Eindhoven, and came away dazzled by its Vision of the Future project. Already one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of US$ 33.9 billion in 1998, Philips wants to take a crack at the world’s corporate summit by looking to beyond-the-horizon ideas that will shift contemporary paradigms. Continue reading