Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Just found out that UniSIM will be the first university in Singapore to offer a Master of Gerontology in July this year. This is truly exciting news for those of us who have a passion for this area of study.

Here's the full report from ChannelNewsAsia.

SINGAPORE: From July this year, SIM University will offer a Master of Gerontology, the first of its kind in Singapore.

UniSIM said the multi-disciplinary programme will allow individuals to seek specialised training and upgrade their skills and qualifications.

It said the programme will also prepare graduates for leadership roles in the eldercare industry.

At the programme's launch, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr Lim Boon Heng, said the programme is a timely one.

He said it comes as Singapore faces a rapidly ageing population, with a projected one in five residents being over 65 years old in 2030.

The programme is already widely offered in countries like Australia, the United States and in the United Kingdom.

UniSIM said while the programme is targeted at those with a background in areas like psychology, social work and nursing, it is also suitable for those wanting to make a mid-career switch into the eldercare sector.

UniSIM said scholarships will also be offered for the programme.

The Master programme, which takes between one and a half and three years to complete, is also offered as a Graduate Diploma.

For more details, visit SIM University website.

Closing date is 31 March 2011. Applicants aged 60 and above are eligible for a 20% discount. Even so, many would find the tuition fees beyond what they can afford.

1 comment:

Gadfly said...

It is quite a pathetic sight to look at the photo showing the persons with old age staring into the empty space. They must have devoted the best of their life to something or some cause or someone. When growing old, they are merely waiting for their time.

Old folks home, whatever grades they are, often do not provide anything beyond the material needs.When life is institutionalised or "industrialised"(elderly care becoming an industry), emptiness sets in.