MOU PAVES THE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF JOINT PROJECTS IN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY EDUCATION

– WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE JOINS FORCES WITH REPUBLIC POLYTECHNIC
– YOUTHS TO GET HANDS-ON CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE WITH INKING OF AGREEMENT

Singapore, 9 November 2012Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, paving the way for RP students to hone their technical and service skills at some of Singapore’s finest attractions – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari.

The three-year partnership will provide training and work opportunities at WRS’ parks for RP students in applied science for environmental, conservation, veterinary and animal husbandry fields, information and communications technology, hospitality and health and leisure.

RP will also work with WRS on continual learning programmes for WRS employees through knowledge-based training, professional development and qualifications upgrading opportunities at the polytechnic.

Both parties will also explore the possibility of involving the students as ambassadors and facilitators for public learning and enrichment activities such as talks and workshops on environmental and conservation awareness.

The MOU formalises the professional relationship between the two institutions that have been collaborating on a series of projects since 2009. These include the production of educational documentary videos on the year of the bats, common palm civets, and rainforest conservation; as well as developing of interactive flash games and quiz kiosk in Jurong Bird Park to enhance visitors’ experience and knowledge to the exhibits and subject matters.

In the conservation effort of endangered animals, RP students had previously assisted in analysis work relating to mating habits and estruses cycles of the red-shanked Douc langur and sunda pangolin in captivity through internships and final year projects with WRS.

“The signing of the MOU strengthens the close partnership between WRS and RP; and is part of Republic Polytechnic’s continued efforts to enhance students’ overall learning with industry attachments. The two organisations will enhance cooperation in areas such as developing manpower for themed-attraction and hospitality management, joint projects in wildlife conservation, and ecology education. Republic Polytechnic students will have a chance to be deployed as interns for various roles at the four WRS attractions,” said Mr Yeo Li Pheow, Principal/CEO, Republic Polytechnic.

Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said, “As one of the leading wildlife institutions in the world, we seek to continually inspire an appreciation of nature through exciting and meaningful wildlife experiences. The collaboration with RP allows us to engage youths in conservation efforts, and through this we hope they will in turn spread the message. In addition, we are confident that the practical, hands-on working experience in our parks will better prepare participating RP students for their future career paths.”

ITE PARTNERS WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE ON GREEN INITIATIVES

MOU PAVES THE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

ITE students will soon have the opportunity to hone their technical and service skills at some of Singapore’s finest, award-winning park attractions – the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, and the upcoming River Safari.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), inked this morning, will pave the way for both parties to collaborate on environmental sustainability and conservation initiatives, such as the development of innovative technologies and solutions for conservation, and the conduct of joint community events, projects and competitions to raise awareness for the green cause.

The five-year partnership also provides for training and work opportunities at WRS’ park attractions for ITE students in hospitality, tourism, events-management and service- related courses. ITE will also work with WRS on continual learning programmes for WRS employees, through short courses, modules or enrichment programmes conducted by ITE.

Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE said: “At ITE, our commitment to the community and environment is encapsulated in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Ethos. We are committed to using our resources and skills to care for the community and to build a sustainable environment. We hope to develop generations of graduates who are not only environmentally conscious but will engender practices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable at their places of work. Our partnership with WRS is invaluable in providing us with the context where our staff and students can use our skills to contribute meaningfully to a cause we fully believe in.”

Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO, WRS, added: “One of our core objectives is to educate visitors on the importance of wildlife and conservation. This partnership with ITE will allow us to spread the message of environmental awareness beyond our parks. At the same time, we hope this collaboration will better prepare trainees for future jobs in hospitality and tourism, and ensure that our own employees continually upgrade their skills through the excellent courses provided by ITE.”