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Republic Polytechnic (Abbreviation: RP) is a tertiary institution located in Singapore. Founded in 2002, it was the first school system in Singapore to use Problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy for all its diploma programmes.[1][2]

Republic Polytechnic
Politeknik Republik  (Malay)
共和理工学院 (Chinese)
Republic Polytechnic Logo.jpg
Motto Discover, Transform, Achieve
Type Public
Established 2002
Academic staff
1099 (2015/2016)
Students 14,826 (2015/2016)
Location Woodlands, Singapore
Campus 20 hectares
Colours Green, White and Black
Nickname RP
Website http://www.rp.edu.sg/
Republic Polytechnic
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
Agency executive
  • Mr David Wong, Chairman, RP Board of Governors
Parent agency Ministry of Education

In contrast to polytechnics in the United States and the United Kingdom, polytechnics in Singapore admit majority of their students after middle school (secondary school), which is after 10 years of formal education. Diplomas in a specialized area of study, Biomedical Sciences for example, are generally awarded after completing 3 years of studies.

Republic Polytechnic's project team began operating in the premises of Data Storage Institute,[3] National University of Singapore in January 2002. On 1 July 2002, it moved into Tanglin Campus which was previously occupied by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. The polytechnic opened its doors to the first intake of students in 2003 before moving to the current Woodlands campus in 2007. The polytechnic will see its twelve batch of students graduating in 2017, also the fifteenth anniversary of the polytechnic.

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Schools and CentresEdit

 
The Republic Polytechnic campus

Every diploma awarded by Republic Polytechnic is recognized for articulation into a bachelor's degree at a university in Singapore or a top university across the world.[4]

As of 2017, RP has 7 schools and 1 academic centre which offers 41 full-time diplomas:[5][6]

Full Time Courses
School Course Course Code
School of Management and Communication (SMC) Diploma in Mass Communication R32
Diploma in Consumer Behaviour and Research R48
Diploma in Social Enterprise Management R51
Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology R52
School of Applied Science (SAS) Diploma in Biomedical Sciences R14
Diploma in Biotechnology R16
Diploma in Materials Science R17
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences R22
Diploma in Environmental Science R29
Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture R53
School of Engineering (SEG) Diploma in Industrial And Operations Management R11
Diploma in Aerospace Avionics R20
Diploma in Supply Chain Management R21
Diploma in Aviation Management R39
Diploma in Aerospace Engineering R40
Diploma in Green Building Energy Management R41
Common Engineering Programme R42
Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering R50
Diploma in Engineering Systems and Management R54
Diploma in Engineering Design with Business R56
School of Sports, Health and Leisure (SHL) Diploma in Sports And Exercise Sciences R26
Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management R27
Diploma in Outdoor And Adventure Learning R33
Diploma in Health Management And Promotion R43
Diploma in Health Services Management R45
Diploma in Sports Coaching R49
School of Hospitality (SOH) Diploma in Integrated Events Management R28
Diploma in Customer Experience Management with Business R34
Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management R37
Diploma in Wellness and Hospitality Business R44
Diploma in Restaurant and Culinary Operations R46
School of Infocomm (SOI) Diploma in Information Technology R12
Diploma in Business Information Systems R13
Diploma in Business Applications R18
Diploma in Interactive And Digital Media R31
Diploma in Mobile Software Development R47
Diploma in Infocomm Security Management R55
School of Technology for the Arts (STA) Diploma in Media Production and Design R19
Diploma in Sonic Arts R24
Diploma in Arts and Theatre Management R25
Diploma in Game Design R35
Diploma in Design for User Experience R36

RP’s Industry Immersion Programme (IIP), or internship, is designed to give students a first-hand experience of the work environment and lets them apply the knowledge they have gained from the classroom. Each year, final-year students are placed on internship with over 1,200 industry partners. The duration ranges from 20 to 24 weeks and is an integral part of the diploma programme. Some students have also pursued their internships overseas during their 3rd year of study at RP. The countries include the United States, Australia and New Zealand, to destinations closer to home such as Indonesia, China and Myanmar.[7]

The polytechnic also has a Continuing Education and Training (CET) learning arm for upskilling and lifelong learning. In line with Singapore’s SkillsFuture movement, these part-time programmes - short courses and certificates offered by the Academy for Continuing Education known as ACE@RP – allow learners to stay relevant in the current knowledge-based global economy.[8] They include:

  • Part-time Diploma Programmes
  • Specialist Diploma Programmes
  • SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programmes
  • Short courses/ Workshops
  • National Silver Academy Courses
  • Modular Courses

Following the launch of the Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for Logistics in 2015, the ELP for the Hotel Sector was rolled out in June 2016 with a record number of sign-ups. This work-study programme allows learners to pursue a Specialist Diploma while working at the same time – providing them opportunities to deepen sector-specific skills through classroom learning and real-world application.

To meet the growing demand for social media professionals, RP also introduced the Specialist Diploma in Communication Strategies for Social Media in late 2016[9], the first such programme of its kind offered by a polytechnic in Singapore. This one-year programme aims to increase the pool of digital/social media strategists who are able to harness social media effectively in engaging customers and achieving business outcomes.

 
A building within the Republic Polytechnic campus

CampusEdit

On 31 July 2007, RP's Woodlands campus was officially opened by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.[10] The campus was designed by Japanese architect, Fumihiko Maki[11] and DP Architects. Completed in 2006, the new campus is able to cater 13,000 students. It is conceived as a campus with a central nucleus which contains 11 learning Pods (8-9 storeys high) which are unified by 2 elliptical decks of common facilities, namely The Lawn and The Agora.[12]

Also known as a Paperless Campus, RP's Woodlands campus is backed by IT-supported network for both academic and administrative functions.[13][14] It employs the latest technology, through a wireless IT infrastructure supported by a comprehensive hardware-software system. In line with its green approach, environmentally friendly features such as fritted glasses, flooring made from recycled nylon and tyres, and sunshade louvres were integrated in the building design.[15] Instead of the conventional air-conditioning system, the campus is equipped with tanks containing chilled water, which are recharged at night using low tariff electricity. This significantly reduces overall electric consumption.[16]

In 2008, RP earned the ASEAN Best Practices for Energy Efficient Buildings Competition under the New and Existing Buildings category.[17] RP was also honoured with the President*s Design Award in 2009.[18] The campus was also the first to win the First-ever Singapore Green Mark Plantinum award for its eco friendly design.[19]

FacilitiesEdit

  • Republic Polytechnic Industry Centre (RPIC) – The RPIC is a six-storey building that houses state-of-the-art laboratories and learning facilities to support research, innovation and enterprise. With a gross floor area of over 11,000 square metres, it is a learning hub for students and staff with joint laboratories that provide opportunities to work on real-life innovative projects across a range of industries that include food manufacturing, hospitality, advance manufacturing and logistics, among others.
  • The Republic Cultural Centre (TRCC) – TRCC is the focal point for the artistic development of students, and also a cultural space that facilitates the integration of the community through the common appreciation of the arts. Designed by Maki & Associates, TRCC has three main performing arts venues: a) 1,000-seat Theatre, b) 300-seat Studio and, c) 120-seat Lab. In addition to these performing spaces, TRCC also houses rooms and studios for practice, rehearsal and recordings that support curriculum, student development.
  • Career Centre – As part of Education and Career Guidance (ECG) efforts, the RP Career Centre, which commenced operations in October 2015, provides career advisory services to help students discover their passions, strength and interests. The Career Centre lets them explore various career pathways and acquire the skills and abilities to make informed career decisions.
  • Library – With a range of learning resources available, the 2100-seater RP library is open from 8.00am - 9.00pm from Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am - 1.00pm on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Sports[20]Edit

  • Indoor competition hall ideal for sporting games such as basketball, volleyball and netball
  • Multi-purpose outdoor courts which can be used either as three basketball courts, three volleyball courts or one futsal court
  • Multi-purpose indoor hall for holding any type of indoor competition or event including the games of floorball, frisbee or captain’s ball
  • Swimming complex with an Olympic-size swimming pool, a warm-up pool and a baby wading pool
  • Badminton hall comprising 6 badminton courts
  • 4 tennis courts
  • Martial arts room
  • Aerobics studio
  • Football/rugby field
  • Indoor & outdoor rock wall and an outdoor adventure learning centre

Notable alumniEdit

Key MilestonesEdit

  • July 2002 – Start of operations at the temporary Tanglin campus, Republic Polytechnic was official established a month later
  • July 2003 – Start of classes for pioneer batch of students in RP’s three schools: School of Applied Science, School of Engineering and School of Information and Communications (now known as School of Infocomm)
  • January 2005 – Launch of School of Technology for the Arts
  • November 2005 – The Republic Polytechnic Centre building was officially opened
  • December 2005 – Launch of School of Sports, Health and Leisure
  • March 2006 – Official move to Woodlands campus
  • July 2007 – Official opening of The Republic Cultural Centre
  • March 2008 – Launch of School of Hospitality
  • November 2009 – Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with Singapore Sports School
  • September 2010 – Opening of Centre for Continuing Education and Training
  • May 2012 – Re-launch of Centre for Professional Development as the Academy for Continuing Education @RP and launch of the first part-time diploma
  • October 2012 – Launch of the Centre for Enterprise and Communication
  • April 2013 – Official launch of the Centre for Innovation for Supply Chain Management
  • April 2016 – Centre for Enterprise and Communication was renamed School of Management and Communication
  • August 2016 – Launch of Republic Polytechnic Industry Centre (RPIC)

Industry collaborationsEdit

Republic Polytechnic collaborates with industry partners to establish and maintain close industrial linkages, ensuring a mutually beneficial arrangement between the polytechnic and the industry.

Some examples include:

  • On 4 November 2016, RP signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with key MICE partners in a three-year collaboration providing industry-relevant learning experiences for 600 students from the School of Hospitality. Two new MOUs were signed with SingEx Holdings Pte Ltd (SingEx) and Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, and a MoU was renewed with Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS)[21]
  • The RP-Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (HMI) Joint Laboratory was launched on 29 June 2016. Students studying for the Diploma in Industrial and Operations Management (DIOM) from the School of Engineering at RP are able to enhance their capabilities and skills in the field of engineering through this new lab[22]
  • On 9 June 2016, RP’s new customer experience laboratories were launched. The facility will cater to around 1,000 students, mainly from the School of Hospitality's Diploma in Customer Experience Management with Business (DCXB). An inaugural collaboration between RP and partners ASICS, Cumulus Nimbus, ZA and Ma Cherie, the facility includes a retail lab stocked with lifestyle products. It also includes a contact centre that trains students in responding to customer queries, and a customer relationship management lab where students can interact with different consumer market segments[23]
  • In May 2016, RP’s School of Infocomm and Samsung launched a new Android training and development laboratory to equip its infocomm students with the skills to develop Android software applications. The RP-Samsung Mobile Lab is a first among the institutes of higher learning in Singapore
  • In September 2016, RP’s School of Applied Science inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rolls-Royce, allowing students from the Diploma in Materials Science opportunities to work on aircraft component failure inspection and non-destructive testing R&D projects with the company. Rolls-Royce will also lend its aerospace and technological expertise to co-develop and enhance RP’s curriculum in the areas of advanced materials and composites
  • In December 2015, RP’s School of Management and Communication jointly launched the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) with World Vision Singapore. Students from the Diploma in Social Enterprise Management will partner with youth counterparts from Cambodia to exchange entrepreneurial and business skills for sustainable livelihood. Through the collaboration, RP students are allowed the opportunity to apply classroom concepts in social entrepreneurship and business to real communities
  • In September 2014, RP’s School of Technology for the Arts signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with digital music instrument manufacturer CME. Students from the Diploma in Sonic Arts will benefit from internship and R&D opportunities in the development of web-based music and music technology education
  • In March 2014, RP’s School of Sports Health and Leisure partnered the Football Association of Singapore to provide students from the Diploma in Sports Coaching with the opportunity to attain the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘C’ coaching licence upon graduating from the polytechnic. The partnership will give students an early head-start in sports coaching careers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Sunday Times: Education, Republic Polytechnic Singapore
  2. ^ Channel News Asia: Republic Polytechnic Sees its Fifth and Largest Batch of Graduates
  3. ^ Ministry of Education: Speech by Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, at the 1st Session of the 5th Graduation Ceremony of Republic Polytechnic
  4. ^ "OIR Further Studies". www.rp.edu.sg. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  5. ^ Ministry of Education, Singapore: Post-secondary Education
  6. ^ GovMonitor: Singapore Outlines Importance Of Polytechnic Education Archived 14 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Overseas Internships". www.rp.edu.sg. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Academy for Continuing Education @ RP". www.rp.edu.sg. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  9. ^ "RP launches specialist diploma for social media professionals". Channel NewsAsia. 24 Nov 2016. 
  10. ^ Official Opening Ceremony of Republic Polytechnic
  11. ^ Maki and Associates: Architecture and Planning Archived 3 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ BECA: Republic Polyechnic, Teaching Environment with Added Energy Efficiency Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ WOW Vision: Republic Polytechnic Singapore, A Campus-wide Wireless Solution
  14. ^ HardwareZone.xom: SingNet launches Wireless Campus Trial for Republic Polytechnic
  15. ^ Green Journey without End
  16. ^ BECA: Republic Polyechnic, Teaching Environment with Added Energy Efficiency Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Singapore Bags 5 ASEAN Energy Awards BCA.gov.sg: Singapore Bags 5 ASEAN Energy Awards Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ DesignSingapore.org: President*s Design Award 2009
  19. ^ World Architecture News: First ever Singapore Green Mark Platinum Award Awarded to Innovative Green Campus
  20. ^ "Default". www.rp.edu.sg. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  21. ^ "SACEOS". www.saceos.org.sg. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  22. ^ "共和工院生产实验室 提供业界标准科技培训". 联合早报网. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  23. ^ hermes (2016-06-10). "Schooling students in science, sense of shopping". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-06-15.