NUS introduces Master’s degree in landscape architecture

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has launched the first Master of Landscape Architecture Programme which will start this August.

According to the Singapore Landscape Industry Survey 2006 conducted by Synovate Business Consulting, the sector is expected to grow to $153 million by 2014.

Students taking the course will be trained in architectural design, site planning, estate development and environmental restoration, among others. They will also be taught town or urban planning and historic preservation.

The two-year Master’s degree programme is launched by the NUS Department of Architecture and is supported and endorsed by the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA).

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and industry partners will also introduce a Landscape Industry Scholarship Programme. It will issue 24 scholarships worth S$800,000 over the next three years.

Upon completion of the Master’s programme, candidates under the scholarship will be on a two-year service bond to the landscape industry.

Applications to the Master’s programme and the scholarships close on March 20, and shortlisted applicants will be invited for a selection interview.

To find out more about the scholarships, call WDA at 6883-5885. – CNA/de

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 13 Mar 2008

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