Futures thinking is mainly taught in universities in the west, from undergraduate to PhD level. In Asia-Pacific, Australia and Taiwan have some program and short courses. Some of the universities and program include:
– US: The University of Houston offers the world’s longest-running foresight program since 1974, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Regent University.
– UK: Oxford University
– Finland: University of Turku
– Taiwan: Tamkang University (Masters program in Mandarin)
– Australia: University of Technology Sydney (Masters to Doctoral research), University of Melbourne, Swinburne University (short courses)
In Singapore, the Centre for Strategic Futures organises FutureCraft courses, which are for civil servants only, at the Civil Service College. Members of the public can learn futures thinking at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore, which conducts 4-day workshop for middle managers starting from S$4820.00 per person.
The training need
The Foresight Society feels there is a training need for futures thinking for the public sector in Singapore, to equip leaders in MNCs and SMEs; and individuals to develop foresight competencies. There is also a need to conduct training for Chinese leaders. If courses can be conducted at an affordable rate, many Singaporeans will benefit from the increased capability, for the greater good of Singapore as a whole. Since 2017, we strive to address these needs.