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Stirling signs new transnational partnership agreements in Singapore

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The University of Stirling will sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding on 8 September with the Singapore Institute of Management and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to deliver a BA (Hons) Retail Marketing degree to students in Singapore.

The University of Stirling, in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Management, will offer the degree to suitably qualified applicants wishing to pursue, or further, their career in the retail sector. The programme is generously supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, which is providing 90 scholarships over a three year period.

The high profile signing ceremony will take place in Singapore, at the start of a Retail Branding and Innovation seminar attended by Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry. After the ceremony, the seminar will begin with a keynote address by Senior Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling, Professor Steve Burt.

Professor Paul Freathy, Director of Stirling’s Institute for Retail Studies, says: “This collaboration represents a significant step in the University’s transnational education strategy and highlights the important contribution Scottish academic institutions can play in the global education market.

“The BA (Hons) Retail Marketing degree and the retail scholarships will further contribute to the professionalisation of the retail workforce in Singapore. The programme will appeal to those about to embark upon a career in retailing, as well as representing an important development pathway for those already working in the industry.”

Later that day, Stirling will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Singapore Institute of Management, detailing the contractual arrangements to deliver the degree course to students there.

Paul Freathy says: “This Agreement builds upon the long association we have had with Singapore and its retail sector. Singapore Institute of Management is one of the leading providers of higher education and professional training in Singapore and we look forward to developing our partnership with them.”

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