General Assembly arrives in Singapore

By Zafar Anjum
Computerworld Singapore
April 28, 2015

In January this year, New York-headquartered General Assembly, a global educational institution offering instruction in technology, business and design, and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) had announced an agreement to collaborate in Singapore.

Now, that announcement is becoming a reality. According to an official statement, General Assembly has begun its pre-launch "sneak peek" programming at GA Singapore at 113 Somerset Road. The official launch will be on May 15.

In Singapore, its initial offerings will include classes and workshops focused on practical business, tech and design instruction, with part-time courses to follow in July. From April 20, for example, GA is offering a slate of pre-launch classes and workshops such as: What is data science? Intro to user experience design, Coding for beginners, Digital marketing for everyone, Introduction to ruby on rails, Intro to the Singapore design community, How to make an iPhone app, Introduction to Google analytics, Understanding mobile UX.

These evening sessions range from free to $35.

"We're seeing tremendous interest here for General Assembly's practical and pragmatic business, tech and design programmes," said Riley Batchelor, Senior Regional Director, Asia Pacific at General Assembly. "We have built a vibrant, global student, entrepreneur and alumni community and we expect to play a leading role in the startup and tech ecosystem in Singapore. The nation is a hub of innovation and we're looking forward to helping foster its growth."

"As Singapore builds itself into a Smart Nation, there is a fast-growing need for more citizens who want to build tech with confidence," said Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman IDA. "At IDA, we want to provide even more opportunities for anyone interested in getting involved in the vibrant tech sector. Working with Classes in Singapore GA, people can quickly learn exciting tech skills that will open new career opportunities for them."

General Assembly works from 14 locations in the US, UK, Hong Kong and Australia, and has more than 12,000 alumni from its full- and part-time courses worldwide.

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