Informatics is more than an IT school

NEW VISION: Informatics' chief executive, Mr Loi Hai Poh, who has been in the private-education industry for 12 years, said it is imperative to move forward in the increasingly competitive industry.


    Sep 18, 2013

    Informatics is more than an IT school

    Written by Samantha Boh

    PRIVATE institution Informatics is all set to break the mould of being just an information-technology (IT) school, and at the helm is its new chief executive officer, Mr Loi Hai Poh.

    Having branched out into business courses, the school is now, in one of its latest moves, paving the way for students to secure internships in the tourism and hospitality industry.

    "Basically in education you have to move with the times," said Mr Loi, 57.

    Internships were previously available only to students under the IT track.

    Mr Loi noted that business graduates are highly sought after nowadays, both locally and internationally, and he wants to help students at Informatics tap on that market.

    "We are not here just to produce students who are academically qualified but to produce students that are needed by industry," he added.

    Students at Informatics can now choose from 10 business courses, ranging from diplomas to post-graduate programmes.

    These include an undergraduate degree in human resource from the University of Portsmouth and a master's degree from the University of Wales in business administration.

    Mr Loi, who has been in the private-education industry for the past 12 years, said it is imperative to "move forward" in the increasingly competitive private-education industry.

    Therefore, Informatics will also be in talks to increase the number of its university partners, possibly universities from the United States and Australia, and to extend its global reach, moving into countries like Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

    But while Informatics is now more diverse in its range of programmes, the school does not want to stray from its roots either, having started off 30 years ago with computer courses as one of the pioneers in private education.

    "We have not lost our niche but we have expanded into business courses," said Mr Loi.

    To keep its foothold in IT education, it will build on its course choices, as well as extend internship opportunities.

    While Mr Loi admits that Informatics "did not move as fast" as it would have liked over the years, he said "Informatics is here to stay" and called on potential students to join the Informatics family.

    "Let us groom you to be a good holistic student who can contribute to society," said Mr Loi.

    What is Informatics' position in the education landscape?

    We not only have this Singapore school but also schools in places like Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.

    We also own the NCC group, which is the National Computing Centre based in the United Kingdom, and it has offices worldwide.

    I will also be working on the wide network of its parent company Berjaya to introduce more industry-related courses.

    What sets Informatics apart from other private schools?

    Our faculty. We don't just employ them here to teach and go; in fact, we have some lecturers who have been here for more than 10 years.

    When the lecturers feel that they belong to the school, they will be passionate in teaching and imparting values to the students.

    What values does the school want to impart to students?

    We want to inculcate integrity. This can be inculcated daily, like coming to school punctually and respecting your lecturers.

    These are values that the student must carry forward when he or she leaves the school. If you cannot practise good behaviour, how can you apply it when you enter the workforce?

    For more information on the courses offered at Informatics Academy, visit www.informatics.edu.sg