Students from the University of Stirling’s Singapore Retailing degrees celebrated their successes at the Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE), today Thursday 6 October.
Professor John Gardner, Senior Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling, conferred degrees upon 47 graduates of the highly popular BA hons in Retail Marketing.
The course is supported by the Singaporean Government’s Workforce Development Agency and taught at SIM GE by lecturers from Stirling Management School’s Institute of Retail Studies.
13 graduates also completed the MBA in Retailing, a two-year distance learning course in partnership with the Retail Academy of Singapore.
The partnership in Singapore has been further extended with two new programmes set to launch in 2017: BA Sport Business Management and BA Sustainable Events Management.
Students and graduates’ prospects will be bolstered by Stirling’s excellent job credentials- the University is ranked first in Scotland and third in the UK for employability, with 97 per cent of graduates in employment or further study within six months of completing their degrees.
Professor John Gardner, Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling, said: "Congratulations to all our Retail graduates on their achievements and I wish them every success in the future as they help to shape one of the world’s biggest industries. Our partnership with the Singapore Institute of Management Global Education continues to go from strength to strength and is a key part of Stirling’s global outlook.
"Our students and staff come from across the globe – creating a rich and diverse learning environment; our researchers work with partners worldwide to solve global challenges and our graduates are making a difference around the world – in business, industry, healthcare, education, sciences and the arts. Today’s graduates will add to that legacy of success."
Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Institute of Management Global Education, said: "The retail sector has been disrupted in a big way and we are not seeing the end of it as yet. New technologies are rapidly changing and redefining retail store operations, customer experiences and business models. All these developments necessitate a new breed of professionals who possess multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle existing as well as upcoming challenges.
"Our graduates have laid for themselves a good foundation for a career in retail, having benefitted from the University of Stirling’s strong industry links and SIM Global Education’s brand of holistic education."