Professional Development

To live is to learn. Remaining relevant in a knowledge economy entails keeping abreast of developments in your field.

In Singapore, the opportunities for self-renewal and education are plentiful – as part of a national culture that values learning.

Career Development

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has launched the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) as part of its efforts to provide comprehensive, sector-specific training. In particular, the Professional Skills Programme is targeted at professionals, managers, executives and technicians who wish to upgrade their skills in a wide spectrum of industries or in generic skills such as Leadership and People Management.

Often, companies provide career training but for many individuals, personal interests and objectives form the motivation for embarking on self-registered training stints. The private sector offers an abundance of professional development programmes, from executive training to life coaching.

Further Education

Upgrading your qualifications not only enhances proficiency and knowledge, it is still an invaluable tool in climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. Some world-class private universities have set up campuses in Singapore, including the INSEAD, ESSEC Business SchoolDigipen Institute of Technology, SP Jain Center of Management and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. These make excellent avenues through which to garner your Masters degree or other qualifications.

SIM University is the only local tertiary education that caters exclusively to working adults and professionals. It offers a comprehensive buffet of programmes, from Masters and PhD programmes to short courses. Its sister institution, Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), offers degree and professional programmes in conjunction with premier overseas universities, such as RMIT, University at Buffalo, University of London and University of Sydney.

Although the four local autonomous universities - National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) - cater primarily to undergraduate education, you will find some high-quality post-graduate programmes here, which live up to the sterling reputation of these institutions. Research and scholarship opportunities are also available to post-graduate students.

Networking Platforms

Learning often extends beyond the classroom, especially from networking with industry experts. The most targeted networking platforms tend to be those offered by professional associations, as they offer opportunities to meet leaders and peers in specific professions or industries.

These associations cater to a wide variety of interests and needs:

By Nationality

Singapore International Foundation (SIF)
American Association, Singapore
American Women’s Association of Singapore
Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA)
Belgian & Luxembourg Association of Singapore
British Association of Singapore
Circulo Latino (Latin Circle)
French Association of Singapore
German Club-Deutsches Haus
Indian Women’s Association
Japanese Association
Korean Association of Singapore
Kowloon Club
Netherlands Charity Organisation -
Scandinavian Women’s Association
Singapore American Community Action Council
Swedish Women Education Association (SWEA)
Singapore St Andrew’s Society (Scotland)
Spanish Speaking Women’s Association
St David’s Society of Singapore (Welsh)
St Patrick’s Society of Singapore (Irish)

Key Chambers of Commerce and Other Business Networks

American Chamber of Commerce
Australian Chamber of Commerce
Belgium and Luxembourg Business Group
British Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham)
Danish Business Association (DABS)
European Chamber of Commerce Singapore
French Chamber of Commerce Singapore
Association of Dutch Businessmen in Singapore
Dutch Chamber of Commerce
Irish Business Association (IBA)
Italian Chamber of Commerce Singapore (ICSS)
Swedish Business Association Singapore (SBAS)
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce
Primetime Business and Professional Women Association
Singapore Business & Professional Women's Association
Swiss Business Hub ASEAN

Career Resources

Career Resource Centre For Expatriates (CRCE) 

Professional Associations

Accounting and Audit

Association of International Accountants, Singapore Branch 
ACCA Singapore ACCA Young Professionals Network
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
CPA Australia, Singapore Chapter
CPA Singapore


Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore (AAIS)
Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE)


Board of Architects (BOA)
Singapore Institute of Architects
Singapore Institute of Planners

Banking, Financial and Insurance Services

ASEAN Bankers Association
Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS)
Institute of Banking and Finance
Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore (IFPAS)
Risk and Insurance Management Association of Singapore
Society of Financial Service Professionals ( Singapore)


Singapore Precision Engineering and Tooling Association (SPETA )
Biomedical Engineering Society

Healthcare/Medical Services

Singapore Medical Council (SMC)
Singapore Medical Association
Singapore Nurses Association
Singapore Institute of Occupational Therapist (SIOT)
Singapore Psychological Society
Singapore Society of Oncology Society (SSO)
Singapore Society of Radiographers
The Chiropractic Association ( Singapore)


Information Technology Management Association (Singapore)
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
Institute of System Science (ISS)
Singapore Animators Connection
Singapore Computer Society
Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation
Society for Technical Communication, Singapore Chapter


Law Society
Singapore Academy of Law

In addition, the Singapore Professional Centre also maintains a list of professional associations in Singapore.

Alumni Associations

Universities, too, provide first-rate networking opportunities, usually via alumni events – staying involved with your alma mater or the university that you’re furthering your education with may be the best avenue for networking.

DUAL Alumni of Singapore
Alumni of Taiwan Universities and Colleges (ATUC)
Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS)
British Alumni ( Singapore)
Canadian Alumni Singapore (CAS)
The French Alumni Singapore (FA)
HongKong University Alumni Association (HKUAA)
Irish Graduates Association of Singapore (IGAS)
Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS)
Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore
Monash University Alumni Association of Singapore
Columbia University Club ( Singapore)
MBA Alumni NUS
INSEAD Club of Singapore
Cornell University
MIT Club of Singapore
Princeton Alumni Association of Singapore
Stanford Club of Singapore
The University of Chicago Alumni Club
University of Michigan Alumni of Singapore
Yale Club of Singapore
Murdoch University Alumni
Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Alumni Association

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