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SoC Launches Specialisation in Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME)


From Academic Year 2008/9, students in NUS School of Computing (SoC) majoring in Information Systems may opt for the new Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME) specialisation.

SSME is a new multidisciplinary research area and academic discipline, integrating aspects of information systems, computer science, operations research, engineering, management sciences, business strategy, social and cognitive sciences, and legal sciences.


  Professor Ooi Beng Chin, Dean of NUS School of Computing (centre seated) at the launch of the SSME initiative. Others in the front row are: Ms Teresa Lim, Managing Director of IBM Singapore (first from left); Professor Steven Miller, Dean of SMU School of Information Systems (second from left); Mr Lim Swee Cheang, Director, NUS Institute of Systems Science (second from right) and Professor Pan Tso-Chien, Dean of NTU College of Engineering. IDA CEO RAdm (NS) Ronnie Tay (centre, second row) and industry leaders were also at the launch.  


Spearheaded by IBM, the aim of the new discipline is to develop infocomm professionals who are technically competent and who possess a broad knowledge of domain areas as well as a strong service orientation.

Graduates from the SSME specialisation may look forward to good employment opportunities that transcend geographical borders: IBM estimates hiring over 50,000 university graduates worldwide, skilled in the field of SSME.

The SSME specialisation offered by NUS School of Computing is possible with the collaboration between IBM and the School, with the support of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

On 28 November 2007, IBM signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the three universities in Singapore to introduce SSME into their undergraduate curricula.

In support of the initiative, IDA together has garnered the partnership of industry players to offer 38 National Infocomm Scholarships (NIS) to students enrolled in SSME-related degree programmes. SoC students (new and existing) enrolling in the SSME specialisation will be eligible to apply for NIS Scholarship.

Students in the School who opt to specialise in SSME must complete 24 modular credits (MCs) for the specialisation chosen from a list of modules which include CS3361 Service Science (4 MCs) and CS4361 Service Systems (4 MCs). Both modules are essential for the SSME specialisation.


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