February 21, 2024

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Adaptability and Innovation: Singaporean Youth in the Digital Era

In contemplating the complexities of contemporary youth, Minister Ong Ye Kung engages in a reflective journey, drawing parallels between historical junctures and the pivotal role of today’s young generation in Singapore and China. Addressing a spectrum of challenges, he emphasises the need for adaptive attributes and cultural resonance in steering a promising course toward the future.

Spotlighting the ubiquitous connectivity of modern youth, regardless of geographical boundaries. Minister Ong underlines their profound concern for global issues like mental health, climate change, and social disparities, transcending national confines. Amidst this global awareness, he underscores the practical preoccupations of Asian youth, particularly in Singapore and China, echoing their concerns about job competition, rising living costs, and aspirations for stability, symbolising resilience and adaptability.

Reflecting on historical milestones in the United States, Singapore, and China, Minister Ong delineates the monumental tasks faced by earlier generations of youth. From rebuilding post-war economies to navigating independence and economic reforms, these examples illustrate the transformative potential of youthful vigour and leadership in shaping nations. Education, innovation, and societal cohesion emerge as crucial pillars during these epochs.

A poignant emphasis is placed on the essential attributes needed for the current youth cohort to thrive. Minister Ong advocates for an insatiable curiosity, emphasising continuous learning in the face of rapid technological evolution. He champions the significance of retaining cultural identities amid globalisation while simultaneously assimilating foreign influences, fostering a dynamic cultural landscape. Furthermore, aligning with the imperatives of their generation, youth are urged to embrace pragmatism, collaboration, and global action to address pressing issues like climate change.

Acknowledging the current uncertainties and complexities faced by today’s youth, Minister Ong encourages resilience amidst choice paralysis. Drawing inspiration from young trailblazers and their pursuits, he advocates for proactive endeavours and a sense of purpose, irrespective of the challenges posed by geopolitical tensions or economic shifts. Embracing opportunities for personal growth, language proficiency, global experiences, and cultural exchanges emerge as pivotal strategies for navigating the evolving landscape.

Concluding on an optimistic note, Minister Ong positions today’s youth as pivotal architects of the future. Acknowledging that while he may not qualify as a youth per se, his sentiments align with the youthful spirit characterised by optimism, courage, and a relentless pursuit of positive influence and change. Encouraging a blend of realism and optimism, he urges the young generation to embrace their unique roles in steering societies toward a promising future.

Minister Ong encourages the youth to confront uncertainty, make choices, and pursue passions. The emphasis on strengthening bilingual skills and engaging in global experiences acknowledges the interconnected nature of the modern world, recognising that the potential of the youth transcends borders.

From digital arts to online cultural exchanges, digital platforms offer avenues for preserving and sharing cultural heritage. The younger generation has the potential to seamlessly integrate their cultural identity into the digital realm, contributing to a vibrant and inclusive cultural landscape.

Minister Ong Ye Kung’s comprehensive discourse underscores the intricate web of challenges and opportunities faced by today’s youth. From historical analogies to contemporary realities, his narrative serves as a compelling call to action, emphasising the role of youth in steering societies toward progress, unity, and resilience.

Singapore recognises the need to have comprehensive and inclusive development that engages all segments of its society.  In alignment with its focus on adapting to rapid transformations, Minister Chan Chun Sing, echoing sentiments on the evolving landscape, emphasises the need for the business community to discard assumptions about entrenched global systems. His call for a mindset shift resonates with the challenges faced globally, urging adaptation to future uncertainties.

The government is committed to cultivating a globally competitive workforce. This involves significant investment in Singaporeans, coupled with collaborative efforts with trade associations, chambers, business leaders, and academic institutions to expedite the knowledge cycle.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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