Better Prospects for Graduates of The BCA Academy’s New Construction Management (Building) Programme

Singapore, 17 September 2013 – The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia are offering the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) Programme (BCM), which equips graduates with strong grounding in management and building information modelling (BIM).

2  The Programme offers diploma holders in the built environment a pathway to further enhance their academic as well as improve their career prospects with new skills and expertise.

3  Under the four-year degree Programme, students will gain construction management knowledge and skills with an emphasis on using BIM, a threedimensional technology that allows building professionals to explore a building project digitally before it is even built.

4  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.

5  Students from the Programme will learn the application of BIM in construction technology and services, project planning, building measurement, cost planning and estimating, contract administration, building law and economics. In their final year, students will apply what they have learnt by working on construction projects using BIM or embark on research topics involving construction management in the built environment.

6  BCA Academy Managing Director Mr. 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.

7  “We invite diploma holders and practising professionals looking to improve their career prospects to consider the dual specialisation in BIM and construction management that the Programme offers,” Mr. Tan added.

8  University of Newcastle Australia Pro Vice-Chancellor (Singapore) and CEO, 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 Modeling embedded in these courses, we see the alignment with Singapore’s emphasis on increasing productivity and innovation.”

9  Because of the Programme’s curriculum – designed to cover all aspects of construction management – its graduates will be eligible for accreditation by various international bodies for professionals such as the Chartered Institute of Building and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. They will also be recognised under the Public Sector Panel of Consultants for Quantity Surveying services. Graduates may practise as construction professionals in Australia and Singapore as they are also eligible for accreditation with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveying and the Australian Institute of Building.

10  Conducted at the BCA Academy, the Programme’s first intake of full-time students started their lessons on 16 September 2013. Its part-time programme will be offered in subsequent intakes.

11  Diploma holders from the BCA Academy and graduates from local polytechnics in relevant disciplines can earn advanced standings which will allow them to complete the Programme within minimum 2.5 years (Full-time study) and 3.5 years (Part-time study). The bachelor degree is conferred by the University of Newcastle, Australia. For more information about the Programme, please visit www.bcaa.edu.sg.

12  Scholarship and sponsorship for this Programme are available for interested students under the BCA-Industry Built Environment Scholarship and Sponsorship Scheme. For more information, visit www.buildingcareers.sg.

About the Building and Construction Authority
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore champions the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. BCA’s mission is to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment, as these are four key elements where BCA has a significant influence. In doing so, it aims to differentiate Singapore’s built environment from those of other cities and contribute to a better quality of life for everyone in Singapore. Hence, its vision is to have “the best built environment for Singapore, our distinctive global city”. Together with its education arm, the BCA Academy of the Built Environment, BCA works closely with
its industry partners to develop skills and expertise that help shape the best built environment for Singapore. For more information, visit www.bca.gov.sg

About the University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle is a research-intensive institution with an exceptional record of achievement. We are ranked among the top three per cent of the world’s universities, according to both the Times Higher Education (THE) World University
and QS World University Rankings. We are equally proud to be a young university competing among the world’s best with a current ranking of 26th on the QS Top 50 under 50 years. Times Higher Education ranked us 40th in their top ‘100 under 50’
list in 2013 – a list that acknowledges the achievements of the world’s newer institutions. We recorded the biggest improvement for an Australian university on the list in 2013. For more information, visit www.newcastle.edu.au.

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