Millennia Institute

Coordinates: 1°21′2.6″N 103°44′26.5″E / 1.350722°N 103.740694°E / 1.350722; 103.740694

Millennia Institute (simplified Chinese: 励仁高级中学; traditional Chinese: 勵仁高級中學; pinyin: Lì rén gāojí zhōngxué) is a centralised institute in Singapore offering three-year pre-university education. It is currently the only pre-university centre to offer the Commerce stream apart from the traditional arts and science streams offered by pre-university institutions.[1][2]

Millennia Institute
励仁高级中学
Institut Millennia
மிலெனியா கல்வி நிலையம்
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Address
60 Bukit Batok West Ave 8
Singapore 658965

Information
TypeGovernment
Established3 January 2004,
(incorporating Outram Institute (est. 1987) & Jurong Institute (est. 1989))
SessionSingle Session
School code0908
PrincipalMrs Tan Wan Yu
Staff100
Colour(s) Red   Blue 
MissionNurture Talents, Achieve Success
Websitemillenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg

HistoryEdit

Outram Institute (1987 - 2004)Edit

Outram Institute was the first centralised institute open in 1987, and the oldest before her annexation into the Millennia Institute. Outram Institute occupied the former premises of the Chung Hwa Girls' High School and led by her first school principal, Mrs Lim Han Soon.[3]

In 1989, Outram Institute was the first pre-university centre in Singapore to offer the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry examination, on top of the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. The first batch of its students achieved an 80 percent pass rate in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry examination, as reflected on a local article on 18 October 1989.[4]

Jurong Institute (1989 - 2004)Edit

Jurong Institute was the third centralised institute when it was established in 1989 and was initially located at Jurong West Street 91. The Institute moved to 2 Toh Tuck Terrace on 18 November 1994.

Jurong Institute was known for its stringent examination standards, which hit the news in 1990. The uproar involved the institute's policy that all advancing students of the promotional examination are required to re-take all subjects in the supplementary exam, including the ones cleared by the students in the promotional examination.[5]

Merger as Millennia InstituteEdit

 
Millennia Institute campus at Bukit Batok, taken in 2007.

On 26 July 2003, decision was made public by the Ministry of Education on the merger of Outram Institute and Jurong Institute to conglomerate the sparsely organised three-year pre-university institutions into a single entity.[2] This move was to allow consolidation of expertise and teaching resources of the two institutes, and provide students with more customised programmes and facilities, thereby enhancing the delivery of the three-year pre-university education programme. As a result, Millennia Institute was established on 3 January 2004.[6] A new campus was announced on 2 December 2003 to be ready in 2007.[7]

Continuing educational excellenceEdit

On 12 December 2006, the institution relocated to its permanent campus at 60 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8. The permanent campus was officially declared open in May 2009 by former Minister for Education Dr. Ng Eng Hen as the guest of honour.[8]

In May 2012, the Millennia Institute chaired the annual pre-University seminar at Nanyang Technological University. Held in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the event was the first to include a theme song since the inception of the seminar.[9]

PrincipalsEdit

Name of Principal Years Served
Mrs Ong-Ooi Giok Tin[10] 2004 - 2005
Mr Tan Chor Pang[10] 2006 - 2013
Mrs Tan Wan Yu 2014–Present

AdmissionEdit

Millennia institute accepts its students based on academic merit through the annual joint admission exercise, which allows non-integrated programme students to apply to post-secondary institutions via their Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination results. The net aggregate L1R4 result, which encompasses the results of a first language and four relevant content-based subjects (of which mathematics and a humanities subject is mandatory), is considered for the admission to Millennia Institute.[11]

CampusEdit

 
MIndSpace, the library of Millennia Institute.

Millennia Institute's campus along Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 covers an area of approximately 16 hectares. Constructed at a cost of around S$24 million, the purpose-built campus catering to pre-university education is completed with Junior College equivalent facilities, including two air-conditioned lecture theatres designed to accommodate the entire cohort.[12]

Tutorial rooms are built into a single block, streamlined to connect the tutorial rooms conveniently to the lecture rooms, canteen and the laboratories. Other facilities include an auditorium, a fully air conditioned multi-purpose hall and a sports complex with running track, AstroTurf hockey pitch, as well as 2 tennis, 2 basketball, badminton and volleyball courts.[13]

The library, stylised as "MIndSpace", is located at the heart of the campus. The MIndSpace feature five discussion rooms located at the upper level for small-group study, discussions or project work, as well as two instructional rooms that can accommodate 36 students each for teaching and learning.[13]

Academic informationEdit

 
Auditorium in Millennia Institute, taken on 29 December 2006

The three-years course offered at Millennia Institute leads to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. As opposed to two year courses offered at junior colleges, students at the Millennia Institute have an additional year to prepare for the national examinations, with Project Work and H1 level Mother Tongue Languages examined in the second year.[14] Millennia Institute is the only public pre-university centre in Singapore to offer Commerce for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination, with Management of Business and Principles of Accounts offered the two Commerce stream academic subjects.[14]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zhuang, Justin (2013). Singapore School Crests - The Stories Behind the Symbols (PDF). Singapore: National Library Board, Singapore. p. 45. ISBN 978-981-07-6524-8.
  2. ^ a b "About MI". millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 2017-12-24. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  3. ^ The Outram Institute yearbook. Singapore: Outram Institute. 1989. p. 4.
  4. ^ Chua, Chong Jin (1989-10-18). "Outram Institute's extra exams for students pay off". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. p. 18. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  5. ^ Chua, Chong Jin (1990-10-26). "Jurong Institute's exam policies too strict, say students". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. p. 27. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  6. ^ "Independent Junior Colleges, Merger of Centralised Institutes and Enhancements to Edusave Scholarships Framework - MOE Press Releases (26 July 2003)". www.moe.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  7. ^ Koh, Yvonne (2003-12-03). "New campus for merging centralised institutes". The Straits Times.
  8. ^ "2 schools celebrate landmark events". news.asiaone.com. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  9. ^ Chew, Matthias; Chia, Stacey (2012-05-30). "Unemployment, recession top concerns of students". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  10. ^ a b "former-principals-of-mi-ji-oi". millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 2016-12-25. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  11. ^ "2018-JAE-Information-Booklet-(Section-6) - Entry Requirements of Courses to Junior Colleges & Millennia Institute" (PDF). Ministry of Education, Republic of Singapore (moe.gov.sg). 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  12. ^ About MI - About MI Archived 2011-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ a b "Millennia Prospectus" (PDF). Millennia Institute - millenniainstitute.moe.edu.sg. Millennia Institute. 2016-12-12. p. 9. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  14. ^ a b "2018 JAE Information Booklet - Information for candidates seeking admission to: Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Polytechnics, Institute of Technical Education". moe.gov.sg. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-12-01.