8th May 2023
New undergraduates at Singapore Management University will be required to attain an intermediate mastery of sustainability before graduation by completing at least one course in the field. This is part of an effort to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist but could enter the growing field.
Since the green economy is set to grow very significantly over the coming years, both in Singapore and the rest of the world, there will be many new job opportunities for students as well as new skills that they need to develop in order to be able to take advantage of them. A report released by SkillsFuture Singapore in 2022 found that demand for workers with skills in the digital, green and caregiving spheres has surged over the past four years.
Another 2022 report by consultancy Bain Company and investment firm Temasek found that green investment has picked up regionally, with South-east Asia getting US$15 billion (S$20 billion) in cumulative investments since 2020, with the majority going to renewables and the built environment. The report also found that entrepreneurial efforts are focusing on building and scaling sustainable solutions, especially in the energy and agri-food sectors.