Singapore students get game dev backing

A university in Asia has started a new games master's degree following a S$3m (£1m) investment from a local games company.
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A university in Asia has started a new games master's degree following a S$3m (£1m) investment from a local games company.

The degree at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University promises collaboration with games developers and the eventual development of a full game.

There's another way to tempt in students as well: thanks to a collaboration with local games company TQ Global the NTU course fees are fully paid for, Channel News Asia reports. TQ Global is investing S$3m in the course and will offer jobs to the students once they graduate.

Gabriyel Wong a lecturer at School of Computer Engineering, commented: "It's really exciting because the students are involved in pushing technology in the next generation consoles so what they research on is the different aspects of the game application such as animation, real-time physics, computer graphics and computation in general."

Parimal Aswani, director, TQ Singapore, added: "Game development is a very high-tech industry, it needs not only good programming skills, but also a good mathematics background, good physics background. And I, formerly from NTU, know it's easy to get good students here."

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