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BLOG: Evolving Polytechnics: A Conversation with Our Group CEO, Kenji Naito

In a recent article by TODAY Online, the evolution of polytechnic education in Singapore took centre stage. The publication explores the changing perceptions of polytechnics, the challenges they face, and their crucial role in emphasizing skills over grades. Notably, our Group CEO, Mr. Kenji Naito, shared valuable insights on the growing significance of practical abilities and hands-on experience in today’s dynamic job market.


Mr. Kenji Naito’s Perspective

Mr. Kenji Naito, our esteemed Group CEO, emphasized the shift in industries, particularly in financial technology and technology, towards valuing practical abilities. In his words, “This shift is driven by the need for employees who can adapt quickly to technological advancements and contribute effectively to the evolving demands of their roles.” He pointed out polytechnic education in producing skilled professionals who can meet the changing needs of the workforce.


Key Discussion Points

  1. Changing Perceptions: The article highlights the transformation of polytechnics from institutions considered inferior to becoming a preferred choice for many secondary school students. The focus on outreach programs, diversified courses, and industry collaboration has played a pivotal role in altering these perceptions.

  2. Skills Over Grades: Polytechnics in Singapore are contributing significantly to the paradigm shift towards placing more emphasis on skills rather than grades. Mr. Kenji Naito underscored the growing recognition of polytechnic education in producing skilled professionals and contributing to a resilient and adaptable workforce.

  3. Challenges Faced: Despite the positive changes, challenges persist, such as the widening salary gap between university and polytechnic graduates. Mr. Naito acknowledged the historical biases towards traditional educational pathways but expressed optimism about the ongoing trend towards recognizing skills irrespective of educational background.

  4. The Future of Work: Will Paper Qualifications Matter? The crucial question addressed in the article is whether paper qualifications will continue to hold the same significance in the future job market. With industries placing a growing emphasis on skills, the discussion leans towards a trend where practical abilities and hands-on experience might outweigh traditional academic credentials.


Our Group CEO, Mr. Kenji Naito, stands at the forefront of this conversation, advocating for a workforce that values skills and adapts to technological advancements. As polytechnics continue to evolve, Mr. Naito’s insights shed light on the importance of preparing students for the changing landscape of work, where continuous learning and practical skills take precedence.


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