As the premier institution for regional geopolitics, strategic studies and the study of war, RSIS conducts various executive programmes.
The Military Studies Programme (MSP), a component of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), is the centre of excellence for the education of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), as well as a number of other institutions. This partnership covers the entire continuum of officer education, from the SAF Warrant Officer School (SAFWOS), Officer Cadet School (OCS), the SAF Advanced Schools (SAS), to the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College (GKS CSC), housed within SAFTI Military Institute (SAFTI MI), the Home of the Officer Corps. Spanning accredited (post-graduate and undergraduate) and non-accredited modules and courses, this education of the SAF’s leaders are broadly covered by two educational frameworks.
Under the SAF-NTU Strategic Partnership, which supports the SAF’s Continuing Education Programme in partnership with the SAF-NTU Academy (SNA), MSP conducts accredited Master’s and undergraduate courses in two SAF programmes. For the first, MSP delivers two Master’s modules at the GKS CSC, designed to educate the senior SAF officer with the necessary skills to understand the dynamic and complex nature of international relations and the study of war, providing CSC students an opportunity to complete a Master’s degree in RSIS. The latter accredited Undergraduate Professional Military Education and Training (UGPMET) Course is designed to give the SAF’s young officers an essential foundational knowledge in military studies and regional geopolitics necessary for their careers.
The second framework, known as the Military Studies and Geopolitics (MSGP), is a series of courses focused on providing relevant and incisive learning in regional geopolitics, strategic studies and the study of war, conducted at OCS, SAS and SAFWOS. These courses are designed to help prepare the SAF officers for their profession at arms at various stages of their careers.
The Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO) and the GKS CSC Seminar, both held annually, are two other key programmes focused on Executive Education, conceptualised and organised by MSP on behalf of RSIS. These are key networking and educational seminars and conferences, bringing academics, military professionals and other stakeholders together, in order to engage in areas of mutual interests.
Other than the courses for the SAF, MSP conducts lectures at the Unit Commander Course at the Civil Defence Academy as well. This programme aims to give SCDF officers a historical and comparative perspective of Singapore’s Civil Defence and the emerging threats to Singapore’s security. In addition, RSIS also conducts a Regional Security Module for the Home Team Academy, culminating in an RSIS Certificate in Regional Security. The intent of this module is to enhance senior officers’ understanding of the regional and global dimensions of threats to Singapore’s security.
On top of this, the SRP Executive Programme, organised by the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies Programme, aims to advance the oft-overlooked, but indispensable discipline of religious peacebuilding in plural societies. Annually, international experts and RSIS faculty engage programme participants in a series of lectures, group discussions, and case studies over five days. Targeted at professionals in the areas of community development, defence, education, humanitarian relief work, international relations, religious leadership, and security, this seminar-style course offers an immersive, hands-on learning experience in examining situations of inter-religious and ethno-religious conflict and tension. Participants not only gain practical knowledge, but also acquire skills around establishing models of good practices in the promotion of religious harmony and co-existence for a peaceful and cohesive Singapore.
Last updated on 03/07/2018