Training colleges in Singapore are prioritising data analytics this year to improve their teaching.

With the Smart Nation agenda and SkillsFuture programme, more training will be available online, and learning will be more flexible with shorter courses. This is useful both for young people, and also for those seeking a career-change in middle years.

We caught up with Lee Foo Wah, Divisional Director of Information Technology, Institute of Technical Education to find out his priorities for the year ahead.

What technology are you most excited about in 2016?

I am most excited about Analytics and Big Data.

How does Smart Nation affect your agency?

We are currently in the experimentation stage – trialling out new approaches.

What is the biggest challenge that you had to overcome in 2015?

Governance, compliance and increased security measures are the top three.

What is your key priority in 2016?

My key priority is modernising and using digital technology.

As a lighter question, how do you like to unwind after a long week at work?

I enjoy going to the gym and swimming.

This is an ongoing series of interviews with Singapore CIOs, outlining their top priorities over the coming year.

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