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UFI and SACEOS announce joint security education modules for Asia

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UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and SACEOS, the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers, are launching a new educational initiative for MICE professionals on physical and cyber-security.

The first modules are set to run in May 2019 in Singapore - a certified programme that is part of the ‘Asia Pacific Executive Development Programme’ framework developed by SACEOS and supported by UFI.

Both associations presented the new activity at the recent UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

The programme will be an add-on for UFI’s existing educational offers, such as the Exhibition Management Degree (EMD), the Venue Management School (VMS), and the International Summer University.

“Educational priorities around the world are as diverse as the exhibition industry. As the global association for our industry, we are happy to collaborate with our partner associations around the world to bring just the right mix of programmes into specific regions. With SACEOS, we share the same values and objectives for education. Together, we will roll out a new collaboration model to support the excellence of the industry in South East Asia”, said Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO, UFI.

Building on UFI’s core programmes, SACEOS and UFI will jointly offer topical modules to raise the industry’s professional standards and enhance the mastery of skills. Joining forces will allow both associations to harness the collective strengths of both associations.

The Asia-Pacific Executive Development Programme was a specific initiative derived from the Asia-Pacific Community Building Manifesto that was formulated at the Singapore MICE Forum 2018. The manifesto is a bold commitment to harness the new forces of change in transforming the business events industry into a powerful platform for socio-economic, intellectual and commercial benefits for stakeholders and participants.

SACEOS President Aloysius Arlando added: “SACEOS believes in the power of communities as a driving force in today’s digital era that will enhance the business events industry to bring about meaningful cross-industry collaborations and connections in the global marketplace. The online platform is becoming integral in any business event make-up as participants demand data and insights at their fingertips while engaging in face-to-face meetings so that impactful collaborations can take place.

"Accordingly, a trusted and secured environment, both onsite and online, must exist to facilitate such exchanges and the proven ability of MICE organisers and professionals to provide such an environment will become an imperative.”

The collaboration will begin with the ‘MICE Events Security’ and ‘MICE Events Cybersecurity and Data Privacy’ modules in Singapore in May 2019. These modules have been developed in partnership with key public and private sector agencies and learning partners bearing in mind the needs of busy executives and managers of the business events industry.

This modular education programme is designed as bite-sized where students will make use of a mix of online case studies shared by industry experts and practical tests and after action tips to accommodate the typical work schedule of an adult learner.

Full programme and registration details are available on SACEOS website.

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