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Executive Insight Corner

Accelerating Intelligence: Harnessing Singapore Strength

By Chen Kok Sing - 2019-08-12

Singapore, the second smallest country in Asia, is a global giant when it comes to technology infrastructure, innovation and adoption. This tiny island city-state, with a population of 5.6 million, exceeds economically and entrepreneurially what it lacks in land mass. Singapore is like a microchip powering and orchestrating an entire network of smart devices.

For six years now, Singapore has earned second place in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). For 2019, Singapore came in just behind Switzerland and ahead of the U.S. and several other European countries.

Compiled by INSEAD, the Adecco Group and Tata Communications, the GTCI is a comprehensive approach for assessing entrepreneurial talent and global competitiveness. It also identifies ways in which a nation, city or company can foster entrepreneurial talent in the era of the digital transformation.

GTCI measures four pillars: Enable, Attract, Grow and Retain. Singapore earned the equivalent of an Olympic silver medal, compared with 125 competing countries. Those familiar with Singapore’s ambitions know that the country will not be content with earning top positions in the Enable and Attract pillars but 11th and 26th in the Grow and Retain rankings respectively. You can bet they are working hard for the gold medal — right now.

Since the early 1990s, Micron in Singapore has partnered with Singapore’s Economic Development Board, government agencies, educational institutions, professional associates and unions to grow and maintain a talent pool with high-level technical skills to meet our evolving industry needs.

As a strong advocate of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, we collaborate closely with local universities like the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to shape the curriculum while providing scholarships and internships for future industry leaders.

Over the past four years, we hired between 600 and 1,200 team members annually into the Micron family: 75% of these are new college graduates, with most coming from top institutions like NUS and NTU. This is yet another example of the partnership between Micron and Singapore to power the long-term success of the country as a STEM hub.

Recently, the Micron Foundation and Micron Fab 10 in Singapore sponsored a collaborative project with NUS ARC (Advanced Robotics Center) that enabled four NUS engineering faculty interns to design and build an autonomous vehicle that used Micron memory and storage devices. With guidance and coaching from Micron engineers and management, as well as from NUS professors and staff, the interns completed this autonomous vehicle in just 24 weeks. The vehicle will be deployed in our expanded Fab 10 campus.

As the students and Micron engineers integrate these intelligent systems, their curiosity and innovation instincts are stimulated, creating more opportunities to discover how Intelligence AcceleratedTM can come alive.

Today, Singapore ranks in the top 10% of 125 countries in terms of the Grow pillar and tops the world in the enablement of technology. At Micron, we have created a culture that values growth and enablement by offering opportunities for our team members worldwide to continue learning and expanding their skill sets. Not only does this commitment keep us relevant in an evolving industry, it allows us to nurture our people intellectually via advanced academic support and our post-graduate sponsor program.

We are proud to be an integral part of this highly dynamic, top-tier location. Just plug in and harness the power!

Chen Kok Sing

Chen Kok Sing is a Micron Vice President and the Singapore Country Manager.