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  • SAMTAS, the Supervisory and Management Training Association of Singapore was formed in April 1956. Dato' Loke Wan Tho was SAMTAS' first President.
    The primary focus was to address industrial relations of the Singapore workforce and in training supervisors on subjects ranging from job relations to industrial safety.
  • SAMTAS' long-term objective of forming the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) was undertaken by the Management Training Committee comprising SAMTAS, Economic Development Board, University of Singapore, Nanyang University, Singapore Polytechnic, Adult Education Board, Joint Chambers of Commerce and the Singapore Manufacturers Association.

    Upon SIM's formation in 1964, Mr Tan Hoay Gie, former SAMTAS Patron and Trustee was appointed by the Board of Governors as a representative from SAMTAS.

    Throughout the early years of SIM, SAMTAS was represented by its Executive Committee, and was actively involved in the joint organisation of seminars and other activities.

    In 1964, SAMTAS received recognition from the government as a training body and was tasked to host with six other organisations a national seminar on Management Development and Performance.

  • In 1970, the second national management seminar, the Strategy for the Development of Managers was officially launched by the Minister for Finance, Mr Hon Sui Sen and jointly organised by seven organisations.

    In 1975, SAMTAS conducted the Certificate in Industrial Management course in collaboration with the Institution of Works Managers (IWM), UK.

    In 1976, SAMTAS partnered the Lancastrian School of Management (LSM), UK in offering the Certificate in Supervisory Management course to meet the great demand of Singaporeans to upgrade themselves.

  • In conjunction with the Lancastrian School of Management (LSM), UK, SAMTAS launched the Certificate in Management Studies awarded by both SAMTAS and LSM.

    On 8 February 1984, SAMTAS was officially renamed the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). The new MDIS logo was launched at the inaugural ceremony held in 1985.

    From 1986 to 1989, MDIS collaborated with prestigious universities from UK, USA and Australia to offer certified courses. In line with adult learners’ training needs, business management courses were launched in 1987.

    In 1989, the MBA and postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies with the University of East London, UK, was launched. For the first time, the British Technician Council (BTEC) gave approval for the Certificate in Management Studies course to be conducted in Asia.

  • MDIS initiated several mass communications programmes with the Oklahoma City University, including the Masters of Arts in Mass Communications, the first of its kind in Singapore in 1992.

    MDIS also launched the several business management programmes with the University of Bradford, UK.

    The MDIS Education Trust Fund was initiated in 1996 and MDIS scholarships and bursaries were awarded from the Trust Fund. The scholarships were awarded to members of the four self-help groups and the HomeTeamNS to pursue pre-degree programmes whilst bursaries were offered to students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Institutes of Technical Education and Polytechnics.

  • The decade starting 2000 saw significant developments in numerous areas. Bringing education to students' doorsteps, seven lifelong training centres were strategically located across Singapore offering programmes in various disciplines.

    In 2001, the six-storey MDIS Headquarters building at 190 Changi Road was purchased and the corporate HQ shifted to Changi from PSB Building at Bukit Merah. In 2004, MDIS moved to the MDIS Campus at 501 Stirling Road.

    MDIS became the first in Singapore to offer the Entrepreneurship with Management programme from the University of Wales, UK.

    First private education provider to offer biomedical sciences.
    S$2 million was invested to set up the Centre for Biomedical Sciences at Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard Road.

    MDIS offered courses in Information Technology ranging from one day programmes to diplomas and degrees.

    In 2006, MDIS celebrated its 50th Anniversary to mark its Golden Jubilee.

    Gearing up for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, the MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality and a specialised hospitality training centre was officially launched in 2007.

    The School of Psychology was set up in 2008.

    Spreading its wings overseas, MDIS Tashkent, the first overseas campus in Tashkent, Uzbekistan was officially opened in 2008. The four hectare campus with state-of-the-art facilities marked the first venture of a Singapore education provider into Central Asia.

    The School of Media and Communications and the MDIS Media Hub fully equipped with TV control room, TV and radio suite as well as full HD video editing suites was officially launched in July 2009.

    MDIS established its first regional representative office in Thailand.

  • MDIS and MDIS College was awarded the four-year EduTrust Certification by the Council for Private Education in May 2010 attesting to the institute’s exemplary education and quality standards.

    MDIS Tashkent celebrated its first batch of graduates from the University of Wales in October 2011.

    2011 marked a 20-year successful partnership between MDIS and the Oklahoma City University, USA.

    MDIS Residences@Stirling, a S$80 million 15-storey student hostel, the largest built by a private education institution was officially opened in July 2011. The additional S$40 million upgrading project to increase the capacity of its existing campus saw the completion of the 6-storey main building in December 2012 with its iconic rooftop garden.

    In July 2012, the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia approved the establishment of an MDIS campus with the approved college name, MDIS Malaysia. Set to open its doors in 2015, MDIS’s second overseas campus, a RM300 million self-funded investment project is the first by a Singaporean group in Johor, Iskandar.

    In September 2013, Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, YAB Tan Sri Dato' Hj. Muhyiddin bin Hj. Mohd Yassin officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 30-acre freehold MDIS Malaysia campus site in EduCity@Iskandar, Johor. The ceremony was witnessed by the Menteri Besar of of Johor, YAB Dato' Seri Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin together with the President and Secretary-General of MDIS, dignitaries and guests from Malaysia and Singapore.

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