Monday, July 31, 2023

upGrad Forms Advisory Board With Seven Global Leaders To Scale upGrad Institute (UI) In Singapore

upGrad, Asia’s largest integrated learning, skilling, and workforce Development Company announces the appointment of seven industry leaders to the Advisory Board of upGrad Institute (UI) - a government-approved PEI (Private Education Institution) in Singapore. 

Joining the Advisory board as Chairman, Prof. Arnoud De Meyer, Ex-President of Singapore Management University. Along with him, Prof S Sadagopan, Chairman, BoG, IIITDM-Kancheepuram and Founder Director, IIIT-Bangalore, brings extensive experience in academia and education. 

With the increasing focus on skilling and job outcomes, upGrad Institute has also on-boarded accomplished industry leaders from diverse backgrounds: Magdalene Ew, Head of Content – Entertainment, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Warner Bros. Discovery, contributes expertise in global media and marketing, Jeremy Williams, Managing Director of PropertyGuru Marketplaces, brings insights from the largest property technology company in Southeast Asia, Laura Parsons, Vice President, Human Resources, BBC Studios, contributes her people and culture experience at a globally recognised brand, Larry Bradley, CEO of SolasAI, Inc, brings expertise on responsible AI, and finally, Mohit Nayyar, Vice President – Human Resources, Global Skin and Personal Care, P&G, adds insights from driving HR development at a multinational consumer goods corporation. Together, this diverse and accomplished board will play a crucial role in upGrad's endeavours to shape and grow Asia’s higher education and skilling landscape.

The Advisory Board will provide insights to help accelerate upGrad’s mission of building a robust government-approved learning institute that will empower the global workforce with an industry-ready experiential curriculum backed by top university credentials. “The opportunity to provide job-ready education delivered flexibly and affordably through upGrad Institute’s proprietary content and accomplished faculty is exciting and I am pleased to support this endeavour”, commented Prof. Arnoud De Meyer, Chair of the Advisory Board at upGrad Institute.

The skilling giant has invested $5 million to establish and scale upGrad Institute and is inviting active enrolments for its debut Doctorate programmes along with select skilling courses in Data Science and Management with top global universities. The first batch is expected to commence in the next 60 days. 

Designed carefully to suit the learning needs of Singapore and the region’s workforce, upGrad Institute will be launching innovative programmes and pathways in the coming months. “With such thought leadership on our Advisory Board, we are confident of building on our insights to make world-class higher education more accessible and mainstream. This strategic expansion not only benefits the future focussed market of Singapore but also provides learners from everywhere with government-approved formal education and modern-day skill competencies to ensure enhanced employability,” commented Myleeta AgaWilliams, CEO - International, upGrad.

“We are on a mission to make Lifelong learning a global mindset and with such profound leadership onboard, we've just got a few more steps closer. Fuelled by the success of our domestic operations and continued business momentum, we see this as an opportune time to strengthen our international footprints and build a stronger camaraderie between academia and industry. These latest appointments not just reassure our commitment but also power our ambition of rewriting the global skilling landscape,” concluded Ronnie Screwvala, Co-founder & Chairperson, upGrad. 

More details on the programs could be found here:

About UI

upGrad Institute (UI) located in Singapore, is a premier Private Education Institution (PEI), built to accelerate the global delivery and adoption of world-class career skilling programs powered by innovation. UI holds a 4-year EduTrust certificate which is the Singapore government standard for PEIs and distinguishes schools that are able to consistently maintain a high standard of quality. UI programs are developed with a strong outcome-focus that will empower learners with industry-ready formal education and skills. UI will offer a range of Post Graduate Diplomas, Masters and Doctorate programs in partnership with top global universities along with skill-based Bootcamps.

UI is a subsidiary of upGrad - Asia’s largest integrated learning, skilling and career development company that has touched over 7 million total registered learners across more than 100 countries, to date. It further boasts an alumni base of over 500 in Singapore alone, while also enjoying a strong network of 300 direct global university partners, over 20,000 recruitment partners, and an enterprise arm with a clientele of 3,000 corporate partners worldwide.

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