Singapore launches Asia's first traineeship in technology transfer management

Singapore launches Asia's first traineeship in technology transfer management


Singapore launched on Tuesday a professional program to train manpower in the field of technology transfer management.

The program is said to be the first of its kind in Asia, and it will help Singapore translate research and development into commercial outcomes, according to a joint statement by Exploit Technologies, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

The two year course will build a pool of savvy technopreneurs proficient in managing intellectual property and commercializing technology and research. Besides helping fresh graduates and mid-career professionals widen their career options, it aims to support the manpower needs of specialized growth sectors in Singapore.

The program is open to university or polytechnic graduates, who are fresh out of school or experienced professionals who are keen to pursue a career involving management of technology transfer.

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It is lucky for Chen Jun to began his career in the IP industry 14 years ago when the first group of IP managers for businesses appeared on the stage in China and he has been in the industry.

It was this “Whampoa Military Academy” for IP that educated China’s first batch of corporate IP management personnel. Many of these engineers left Foxconn in the years since.