NTU and Facebook launch programme to develop data centre talents

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Facebook have announced a new programme that offers course on data centre.

Starting in August, the nine-month programme will offer four specialist certificates in design engineering, facility operations, network engineering, and site operations, and a graduate certificate is in international construction management.

Developed in conjunction with NTU College of Engineering, the courses are aimed at training local engineering talent to fill the increasing demand in the data centre industry.

“We are very proud to contribute towards growing local talent in the data centre sector through our collaboration with Facebook. With NTU’s deep expertise in emerging technologies and Facebook’s data centre expertise, participants of our new certificate programmes will be able to benefit from a world-class education and stand in good stead in the future job market,” said Ling San,, Deputy President and Provost of NTU.

Facebook announced in 2018 the construction of a S$1.4 billion data centre in Singapore, its first in Asia which will start operations in 2022.

“When we decided to build a data centre in Singapore, local talent was an important consideration for us. We are honoured to partner with NTU Singapore and CBRE to offer new certificate programmes to develop talent for the local data centre industry,” said Gavin Chua, Head of Infrastructure Engagement in Asia of Facebook.

CBRE Data Centre Solutions will offer data centre specific training and career path advice for successful applicants of the pilot initiative.

The programme is open to the public and eligible for funding and mid-career enhanced subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore.