SUSS and Alibaba Cloud to Spur Entrepreneurship With New Accredited Certification Programme

SUSS and Alibaba Cloud to Spur Entrepreneurship With New Accredited Certification Programme

The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced today the launch of an entrepreneurship certification programme to help local tertiary students scale up their startups. This is the first partnership between Alibaba Cloud and a local tertiary institution to jointly offer a universityaccredited programme.

The programme comprises three compulsory components: participation in the twoday Alibaba Cloud Certified Professional ("ACP") certification course, participation in pitching sessions to investors organised by Alibaba Cloud and SUSS, and successful securing of funding. To complete the programme, participants must successfully meet all three requirements.

Participants also have the option to read, for free and without having to take examinations, any of the over 500 SUSS modular courses that they deem relevant for their businesses during the period of participation. However, no credits will be awarded. For the duration of the programme, participants will have free access to Alibaba Cloud services. They will also enjoy mentorship by Alibaba executives as well as Clevel industry experts who have extensive experiences relating to entrepreneurship.

Upon successful completion, participants who are SUSS students will be awarded a Minor in Entrepreneurship worth 40 credit units. NonSUSS participants will graduate with a certificate and have their credit units recognised should they enroll in an SUSS degree programme subsequently. Participants who are unable to secure funding at the end of the maximum duration[1] will obtain a certificate of participation with no credit units. As long as participants have not exceeded the maximum duration of the programme, they may keep trying to seek funding.

“SUSS has a suite of modular courses that can help participants to pick up functional knowledge and skills that they need in running and growing their businesses. However, to be a successful entrepreneur requires more than theoretical knowledge. Awarding credit units to successful programme participants is the university’s way of recognising that effective learning can take place outside the classroom,” said Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, Singapore University of Social Sciences.

“We are very excited to work with SUSS, which shares our vision of developing the next generation of outstanding entrepreneurs. This programme is another example of our commitment to provide the exciting drivers of change to startups with Alibaba Cloud’s advanced technology as well as Alibaba Group’s global resources,” said Joey Tan, Head of Global Strategic Initiatives, Alibaba Cloud.

The entrepreneurship programme is Alibaba Cloud’s latest initiative to enable startups and foster talent development in the ASEAN region. In July, 15 startups from across the ASEAN region competed in the final of the ASEAN division of the Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest, which is dedicated to empowering startups with bestinclass cloud technology as well as access to a global cloud network.

For this entrepreneurship programme, there will be two intakes a year and up to 20 teams comprising a maximum of three members will be recruited each time. Preference will be given to existing start ups which are scalable, show potential for growth beyond Singapore, or meet pressing societal needs. To underscore their commitment to encouraging and recognising entrepreneurship, SUSS and Alibaba Cloud will not charge a course fee for this programme.

About Singapore University of Social Sciences

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is one of Singapore's six national universities and its mission is to provide lifelong education that equips learners to serve society. Home to more than 14,000 students, SUSS provides an applied education that targets both fresh school leavers and adult learners, with a focus on the social sciences. It adopts a flexible and practicefocused learning approach and offers more than 60 degree programmes in various disciplines. Eligible students taking SUSS's undergraduate programmes enjoy government subsidies and access to government bursaries, tuition fee loans and study loans. For more information on Singapore University of Social Sciences, please visit www.suss.edu.sg.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is China’s largest provider of public cloud services in 2016 by revenue, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, startups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.



[1] Participants can either take this programme as a Continuing Education and Training (CET) certificate programme,  or a Minor as part of their SUSS degree programme. The maximum duration for completing this programme as a CET certificate is 2.5 years. The maximum candidature period for taking this as a Minor will conform to the requirements of the Major SUSS degree programme that the student is taking.



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