YMCA Education Centre Limited (the “company”) was incorporated in the Republic of Singapore on 21 September 2010 under the Companies Act, Chapter 50 as a company limited by guarantee. Under Article 9 of its Memorandum of Association, each member of the company guarantees to contribute a sum not exceeding S$100 to the assets of the company in the event of the same being wound up.
The principal activities of the company are the provision of non-higher (YMCA School) and higher education (YMCA Higher Education) programmes. The company has been registered under the Enhanced Registration Framework with the Committee for Private Education (CPE)* for a period of 4 years and is valid from 12 October 2014 to 11 October 2018. The company has been awarded the EduTrust certificate for a period of 4 years, which is valid from 16 December 2015 to 15 December 2019.
The company is also a subsidiary of Young Men’s Christian Association of Singapore (the “parent”), which is registered in Singapore under the Societies Act and the Charities Act.
The address of the registered office and principal place of operation of the company is at 1 Orchard Road, Singapore 238824.
* The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). For more information about CPE, please refer to their website https://www.cpe.gov.sg.
Education service has always been an integral part of the YMCA movement worldwide. In each of the 1,700 YMCAs around the world, there are assorted education courses, enrichment programmes and professional workshops.
YMCA Education Centre began in 1913 as the YMCA Technical Education unit. Courses in Building Construction, Architecture, Mathematics, Theoretical Mechanics, Surveying, Electrical Engineering, Machine Construction and Drawing were arranged to train recruits for the Government’s Engineering Department and Post and Telegraphs.
Six years later in 1919, the YMCA Commercial Education unit started with courses in Shorthand, Typewriting, Book-keeping and Accountancy. In 1931, both units were merged to form the YMCA Classes. Standard V to School Leaving Certificate classes and London Chamber of Commerce Examinations preparatory courses were also introduced as part of new education initiatives. By the time war broke out in 1941, enrolment was well over 800.
With the end of the war, demand for office administration skills rose and pushed annual intake to 1500 students in 1950. With technical classes no longer organised, the school was renamed as the YMCA Commercial Classes. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the school was at the forefront of education innovation. It expanded its education offerings with professional and management seminars and talks, foreign language courses, and self-improvement courses, such as Starting a Business, Public Speaking, and Import and Export Procedures.
In 1985, YMCA Commercial Classes changed its name to YMCA Education Centre and was officially registered with the Ministry of Education of Singapore. An IT education unit, Computer Training Centre, was added to the school in 1988 to provide Singaporeans a good foundation programme for IT learning. The school started the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘A’ Level classes with an enrolment of 155 students in 1989, followed by GCE ‘O’ Level classes in 1990, and GCE ‘N’ Level classes in 1993. A Master of Arts in International Relations Degree programme was introduced in 2000. A year later, Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate and Diploma programmes jointly accredited by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports commenced. Student enrolment in GCE courses exceeded 495 in 2002.
YMCA worked out plans in late 2003 to integrate the student care services and child development services with the Education Centre. At the end of 2004, the YMCA Education Centre, Student Care Centres and Child Development Centres amalgamated under the umbrella of YMCA Education, which aims to offer every child that passes through programmes and activities at YMCA a holistic education experience from early-years to post-graduation. With a view to further expansion, the YMCA Education Centre changed its name to YMCA School in 2005. At the same time, YMCA School was also in-principle approved to conduct Edexcel (London) GCE courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Year Programme (IBMYP) and Diploma Programme (IBDP) (on trial implementation basis).
In 2010, YMCA School changed its name to YMCA Education Centre to encompass the Higher Education Arm. It is a not-for-profit education service of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Singapore.
To be a Centre of excellence providing a holistic education based on Christian values to nurture leaders of distinction.
To provide a holistic education based on Christian values to nurture individuals who are caring, honest, respectful and responsible.
At YMCA Education Centre we believe in a culture of Compassion, Servant Leadership, Honesty, Accountability, Respect and Excellence – our shared values. We are passionate about what we do and we continually improve the way we do things to add value to our customers and stakeholders. Our success is based on our shared values and commitment of our staff who believe in developing individuals for the future; in building strong relationships with our stakeholders and in seeking excellence in everything we do. We share our expectations with each other and we strive to maintain a workplace built on our core values, trust and goodwill.
To recognize the needs of others especially the last and the least, then take action to help.
To desire to serve first, then to make the conscious choice to take the lead to act.
To tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity; making sure your choices match your values.
To be accountable for our behaviour and our actions in meeting our obligations.
To treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself.
To strive for best practices.
YMCA Education Centre (YEC), subsidiary of YMCA of Singapore, is located at Level 2 of the YMCA Building. It is strategically located in the heart of Orchard Road and a 5-minute walk to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station. The Singapore Management University, the Singapore National Museum and Fort Canning Park are a stone’s throw away from YEC. YEC is also 10 – 15 minutes away from Plaza Singapura, POMO, the Singapore Art Museum and the Singapore Philatelic Museum.
The education centre has a total gross floor area of 989.195m² and can accommodate up to 306 students. All our classrooms are fully air-conditioned and equipped with tables and chairs. Learning equipment such as whiteboard, projector, projection screen and wireless internet connection are also available. Arrangements can also be made for refreshments to be provided outside the classrooms.
We have 9 classrooms of different sizes, catering to different needs.
|Room||Floor Area (m²)||Capacity||Room Type|
|Learning Cube||20.09 m²||13||Classroom|