A key focus of the Retail Academy is to develop leaders at middle and senior levels of the retail organisation. In a highly competitive global marketplace, retailers need leaders with higher education, deeper insights of the business and wider accessibility to networks. In collaboration with the University of Stirling in the UK, we offer the MBA in Retailing by distance learning and the Diploma in Retail Management as our flagship programmes to develop retail leaders at middle and senior levels respectively. I am pleased that the MBA in Retailing is designated the “course of study” for the Singapore National Retail Scholarships since 2008. For deeper insights, we offer seminars on trends and leading practices; as well as short courses on specialist retail areas, and relevant soft skills. Wider network opportunities are offered through our close ties with the Singapore Retailers Association and our programmes that have also attracted retail professionals in the region.