University of Leicester eBulletin

New Leicester-Singapore Agreement

March 2003
No 81

The University of Leicester is to deliver a new programme in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management in Singapore.

Staff from the University’s renowned Scarman Centre will teach the Master’s degree course to students of the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

An agreement to deliver the new distance-learning programme will be signed in Singapore on March 17.

Director of the Scarman Centre Andrew Willis said: “We are delighted to be working with the Singaporean authorities on this exciting new programme.

“The University of Leicester has the largest number of taught postgraduates in the UK and has excellent credentials for delivery of distance learning internationally.

“For anyone with a vocational or academic interest in risk, crisis and disaster management, this programme offers an exceptional opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding across the whole subject area.

“The degree provides a wide-ranging interdisciplinary analysis of the extent, effects and explanations of crisis and disaster, and the use of risk theory. In addition to examining case studies and modelling techniques, it offers students the opportunity to undertake supervised research in an area of personal or professional interest.”

Mr Willis said the aim of the programme was to:

·        Provide students with a thorough grounding in theory and practice.

·        Enable students to engage in informed debate about major issues in security and risk management

·        Inform them about recent developments in the field.

·        Equip students to design, conduct and critically appraise research.

·        Enhance their career by achieving a postgraduate degree from a prestigious university.

In addition, the MSc is designed to enable students to develop new and improved skills. These include the ability to:

·        Evaluate information critically.

·        Communicate ideas clearly.

·        Undertake advanced conceptual analysis.

·        Understand and apply theories and models.

·        Use information sources effectively.

·        Report and interpret research critically.

·        Develop new approaches to problem solving.

Deputy Director of the International Office Tricia Norman said: “The University has a number of links with Singapore, and attracts many students from that country to this campus.

“Our links extends across faculties and include Law, Labour Market Studies and Mass Communications amongst others. This new agreement represents another milestone in the working relationship between the University of Leicester and Singaporean institutions and authorities.”

NOTE TO NEWSDESK:  For more information call Tricia Norman (International Office) on 0116 252 2296, Dr Jim Broderick, the course director 0116 252 5780 or Andrew Willis 0116 252 5781 .

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