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Singapore Institute of Technology

The Singapore Institute of Technology (also SIT, SIT/Singaporetech) is an autonomous university in Singapore.[4] SIT is Singapore's first university of applied learning before the Singapore University of Social Sciences.[5] The university offers industry-focused, applied degree programmes; it confers its own degree programmes as well as specialised degree programmes with overseas universities.[6]

Singapore Institute of Technology
Institut Teknologi Singapura  (Malay)
新加坡理工大学 (Chinese)
சிங்கப்பூர் தொழில்நுட்ப கல்வி நிறுவனம் (Tamil)
Singapore Institute of Technology logo.svg
TypeAutonomous university[1]
Established2009
EndowmentS$447.78 Million [2]
PresidentTan Thiam Soon
ProvostLoh Han Tong
Academic staff
146 (Programmes 43)[2][3]
Students6,000
Location
Dover (Main Campus)
,
Singapore

1°17′25″N 103°50′58″E / 1.29028°N 103.84944°E / 1.29028; 103.84944Coordinates: 1°17′25″N 103°50′58″E / 1.29028°N 103.84944°E / 1.29028; 103.84944
CampusDistributed Campus
ColoursRed, black, white             
Websitewww.singaporetech.edu.sg

The university's degree programmes are grouped into five clusters: Engineering (ENG), Chemical Engineering and Food Technology (CEFT), Infocomm Technology (ICT), Health and Social Sciences (HSS), and Design and Specialised Businesses (DSB).[7]

The University's main campus is located at 10 Dover Drive, Dover. The other 5 campuses are located in the 5 local Polytechnics.[8] In 2023, SIT is planned tp have a new centralised campus in Punggol. The university will be integrated with a creative industry cluster built by JTC Corporation in Punggol Downtown and Northshore district.[9][10][11][12]

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History

Beginnings

In 2005, the Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institutions (Poly-FSI) initiative was introduced by the Ministry of Education. Its aim was to encourage polytechnics to partner with overseas universities to offer degree programmes in niche areas that also supported Singapore’s economic development.[13] Their findings supported the establishment of a dedicated publicly funded institute that would bring in overseas university partners to Singapore.[14]

Establishment

In 2009, the university was founded by then SIT president Tan Chin Tiong. He was previously a deputy president at the Singapore Management University. In 2013, Tan stepped down as SIT president and returned to the Singapore Management University as an advisor and Professor. Tan Thiam Soon took over the reins from him.[15]

Singapore Institute of Technology Bill

In 2014, a bill was passed in the Parliament of Singapore conferring the university autonomous status and allowing it to confer its own degrees. SIT will partner overseas universities to build upon their capabilities while offering new applied degrees in SIT's name. SIT is also required to constantly refresh its programmes in accordance to Singapore's developments, economy and society.[16][17]

Admission

SIT accepts applicants with diplomas from the 5 local Polytechnics, NUS High School, 2 local Arts Institutions[18][19], A levels and International Baccalaureate (IB) Qualifications. Adult learners may also apply for admission. Beside grades, applicants are admitted based on experiences, co-curricula activities and passion for the degree programmes.[20]

In 2017, 14,000 applications competed for 2,600 places in 41 degree programmes. 80 per cent of applicants were polytechnic diploma holders and 17 per cent were A-level holders.[21]

Degree programme

Since 2014, SIT started offering their honours degree programmes in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (SIE), Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Accountancy (ACC).[22]

Research

Enterprise & Innovation Hub (E&I Hub) was launched to help industries to work with SIT students, faculty and professional officers to manage industry projects and projects developed through the Integrated Work Study Programme.[23]

Campus buildings

SIT's main campus is located at the SIT@Dover, 10 Dover Drive, Singapore 138683. The main office deals with student matters, undergraduate admission matters, financial aid, scholarships and pre-matriculated students.

The degrees directly offered by the institute are conducted at SIT@Dover. For degrees with overseas university partners (OU), students study in any of the five satellite campuses island-wide, which are based at the polytechnics.

On August 23, 2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in his National Day Rally that SIT will have a new centralised campus in Punggol[24], which is slated to be completed by 2023.[25]

Besides SIT@Dover, SIT has campuses at the various polytechnics in Singapore.[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Post-secondary education". Ministry of Education, Singapore. Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b SIT Annual Report 2018 | https://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/sites/default/files/SIT%20Annual%20Report%202018_0.pdf Archived 26 January 2019 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ SIT Annual Report 2017 | https://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/sites/default/files/Annual_Report_2017.pdf Archived 27 January 2019 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Autonomous Universities in Singapore". Ministry of Education Singapore. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Who We Are". Singapore Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  6. ^ "SIT Is Officially Singapore's New Autonomous University". Singapore Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on 19 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
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  12. ^ "'Urgent' need for SIT to move to new campus amid space crunch, says university president". TodayOnline. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Annex A : Factsheet : Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institution (poly-FSI) Initiative" (PDF). Moe.gov.sg. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Report of the Committee on the Expansion of the University Sector" (PDF). Moe.gov.sg. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Prof Tan Thiam Soon to be new SIT president" (PDF). smu.edu.sg. Archived (PDF) from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Singapore Institute of Technology Bill" (PDF). parliament.gov.sg. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Second Reading Speech on the Singapore Institute of Technology Bill". moe.gov.sg. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Digital Art and Animation, BFA". www.singaporetech.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 20 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  19. ^ "FAQs". www.singaporetech.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 20 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  20. ^ "HOLISTIC EVALUATION". www.sit.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  21. ^ "SIT and SUSS draw growing number of applications". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  22. ^ "SIT TO LAUNCH ITS OWN APPLIED DEGREES IN 2014 TO DEVELOP 'BEST-IN-CLASS' INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS". Singapore Institute of Technology Press Centre. Archived from the original on 19 January 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  23. ^ "ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW DEGREE PROGRAMMES AND INDUSTRY INITIATIVES". Singaporetech.edu.sg. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016.
  24. ^ "SIT to have new centralised campus in Punggol". Archived from the original on 10 October 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  25. ^ "'Urgent' need for SIT to move to new campus amid space crunch, says university president". Today. 21 January 2018. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Campus Guide". Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore. Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore. Archived from the original on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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