Students have been inspired to create a safer and healthier world of work during the MDIS-Leeds Beckett University (LBU) Graduation Ceremony 2019 in Singapore on 2 February by international diving safety expert Darren Brunton.
Over 90 graduands (BSc (Hons) Safety, Health and Environmental Management) and around 150 guests attended the event, including VIPs and faculty members of LBU.
The ceremony was organised by the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) and Leeds Beckett University, who have established a strategic partnership to provide quality higher learning opportunities for safety and health professionals.
The qualifications are also accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and recognised by the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore.
Darren Brunton, Chair of IOSH’s Singapore Branch, was invited to attend the event as the Guest of Honour, where he delivered an inspiring speech and presented the Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards.
During Darren’s speech, he said: “In your search for success, continue to strive to be the best you can be in life, building a strong, safety and health culture to elevate your organisation and employees’ well-being. You can make the difference, by making Singapore a safe and healthy workplace for everyone and a centre of excellence in the field of workplace safety and health’’.
“I commend MDIS and Leeds Beckett University and wish them greater success in cultivating graduates that will contribute to industrial safety, health and environmental management to make the workplace safer and healthier.
“IOSH is the Chartered body and the largest membership organisation for safety and health professionals, and our members in Singapore are becoming increasingly influential in businesses here thanks to that increased focus, shaped by the Ministry of Manpower, on the many benefits good health and safety at work can bring.”
In advancing the ‘workplace safety and health’ (WSH) of Singapore, the nation’s Ministry of Manpower has played a pivotal visionary role in its journey towards establishing WSH excellence in that country.
Guided by its national strategies developed in 2005 and 2008, and with a new one due to be announced this year, the Ministry has strengthened the regulatory framework, built capabilities and competencies, and established a heightened awareness of safety and health issues, with a focus on reducing and preventing injuries and risks at the workplace.
Singapore hosted the four-day XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017, presenting a ‘Vision Zero’ theme, asserting that zero fatalities and zero harm at work are achievable aims. A new generation of safety and health professionals and IOSH members have important roles in enabling that vision to become reality.
Both MDIS and Leeds Beckett University will continue to cultivate graduates that will contribute to industrial safety, health and environmental management to make the workplace safer and healthier.
The Graduation Ceremony took place on 2 February 2019 at the Stamford Ballroom (Level 4), Raffles City Convention Centre, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560.
More information about IOSH’s Singapore Branch is available here: