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Singapore Institute of Technology

The Singapore Institute of Technology (or SIT/Singaporetech;[3] abbreviation: SIT) is an autonomous university in Singapore.[4] SIT's vision is to be a leader in innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community.[5]

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
Type Autonomous university[1]
Established 2009
Endowment S$386.5 million [2]
President Professor Tan Thiam Soon
Provost Professor Loh Han Tong
Undergraduates 2800
Location Singapore 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
Campus Distributed Campus
Colours Red, black, white             
Website www.singaporetech.edu.sg

Established in 2009, SIT is Singapore's first university of applied learning.[6] 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] A bill was passed in the Parliament of Singapore on February 17, 2014, conferring the university autonomous status, allowing it to confer its own degrees.[8][9]

The university offers degree programmes conferred by themselves and also those by its overseas university partners. The university began enrolling its inaugural cohort of students for its own degree programmes in academic year 2014–2015 after becoming the official fifth university of Singapore.[10]

On 23 August 2015, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in his National Day Rally that SIT will have a new centralised campus in Punggol. The university will be integrated with a creative industry cluster to be built by JTC Corporation, and into Punggol Downtown and the Housing Board's upcoming Northshore district.[11][12][13]

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HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

The Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institutions (Poly-FSI) initiative was introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2005. 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.[14]

In 2007, a key recommendation of the Committee on the Expansion of the University Sector (CEUS) called for an expansion of the Poly-FSI initiative. The aim was to increase opportunities for students to obtain industry-relevant, reputable degrees and also ensure the continued relevance of polytechnic education.[citation needed]

A task force was formed, comprising polytechnic principals and representatives from Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) to explore the feasibility of a new model that built upon the Poly-FSI initiative. The task force visited selected universities and specialised institutions in USA, UK and Australia. It also held focus group discussions with various stakeholders such as polytechnic students and alumni, their parents, economic agencies and relevant industry players.[citation needed]

Their findings supported the establishment of a dedicated publicly funded institute that would bring in overseas university partners to Singapore.[15] In April 2009, the concept of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) was officially launched by the Ministry of Education (MOE) .

EstablishmentEdit

The establishment of SIT was announced in May 2009 by Dr Ng Eng Hen, then Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence. SIT at that time was tasked with planning, managing and implementing degree programmes offered by reputable overseas universities into Singapore. This collaboration will offer many more choices of study.

After SIT was conferred Autonomous University status in 2014, The university begin to offer its own degree programmes in Engineering, Food Technology, Infocomm Technology, Health & Social Sciences and Specialised Business.

The university’s founding president was Professor Tan Chin Tiong, who stepped down as deputy president at Singapore Management University. Under his watch, the university grew from 500 students in 10 programmes in 2009 to 1000 students in 17 programmes in 2013. In 2013, Professor Tan Chin Tiong returned to Singapore Management University as an advisor after stepping down as SIT president. His replacement is Professor Tan Thiam Soon, who at that time was vice-provost of education at the National University of Singapore.[16]

On 26 August 2012, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong formally announced that SIT will be Singapore's fifth Autonomous University (AU).

AcademicsEdit

Degree programmeEdit

On 24 October 2013, SIT announced in a press conference that they would offer their own honours degree programmes in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (SIE), Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Accountancy (ACC) starting in AY2014.[17] SIT also announced its first Master of Engineering Technology in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering as a post-degree option for students who perform well.

Industry partnersEdit

SIT's own degree programs are conferred in collaboration with a panel of Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), which comprises industry heavyweights to shape the curriculum. SIT students will be deployed to this companies for an 8–12-month Integrated Work-Study Program (IWSP), which students will experience real work in the industry.

SIT partnered with accounting and auditing firms for the Accountancy programme. The chairman for the Industry Advisory Committee of SIT’s Accountancy degree program is Quek See Tiat, chairman, Building & Construction Authority, former partner and deputy chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Singapore.[18] The programme is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), CPA Australia (CPAA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC).

The industry advisory committee for sustainable infrastructure engineering (SIE) (Land/Building Services) program consists of senior management from private and government organizations such as LTA, SBST, SMRT, Sembcorp and ST Engineering. The Chairman of SIT’s Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) for Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering is helmed by Mr Tan Cheng Guan, Executive Vice President & Head Group Business Development & Commercial at Sembcorp Industries.[19]

For its information and communications technology (ICT) (Information Security/Software Engineering) program, its industry advisory committee includes key private and government agencies such as Cloud Security Alliance APAC, APAC Public Sector Microsoft, IMDA, EDB, SPH, Amazon Web Services Global Public Sector – APAC and A*STAR. The chairman for SIT's Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) for Information and Communications Technology is CHANG Yew Kong, president (Software Systems Group) at ST Electronics[20]

Programme durationEdit

The duration for its undergraduate program is approximately 3.5 to 4 years depending on various modules exemptions for students with relevant polytechnic diploma. The SIT's own degree programmes will have an academic calendar based on a trimester system:

  • Trimester 1: September to December
  • Trimester 2: January to April
  • Trimester 3: May to August

Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP)Edit

SIT will feature the Integrated Work-Study Programme or IWSP, which are longer and more structured internship with a stronger assimilation between classroom learning and practical experience at work. Such features will enable SIT graduates to seize new and diverse job opportunities. Held over the span of 8 to 12 months, the structure of the IWSP will be unique and distinct for each degree programme to cater to differing needs of the industry.[21]

Benefits of IWSPEdit

Students will undertake paid employment within companies relevant to their programmes. Students will be able to develop specific professional competencies in their chosen field, which may lead towards professional advancement. IWSP will also give students the opportunity to develop professional networks and interpersonal skills.[22]

Scholarships and industry sponsorshipsEdit

SIT also award types of scholarships: SIT Scholarship and SIT Final Year Scholarship, to deserving local and international students. There are in a total of 41 government scholarships and industry partners' sponsorships.[23]

SIT Overseas University (OU) ProgrammeEdit

Overseas University partnersEdit

Currently, SIT's overseas university (OU) partners include:

University Country
Full name Abbrev.
Technical University of Munich TUM Germany
Newcastle University NU UK
The University of Manchester UOM UK
University of Liverpool UoL UK
University of Glasgow UOG UK
The Glasgow School of Art GSA UK
Trinity College Dublin TCD Ireland
DigiPen Institute of Technology DigiPen USA
Wheelock College WLC USA
The Culinary Institute of America CIA USA
Massey University MU NZ

Programme durationEdit

Students will receive advanced standing from the SIT overseas university (OU) partners as most of the applicants have received prior relevant education in polytechnic. This allows full-time students to finish a full-length degree programme in a span of 2 or 2.5 years instead of between 3 and 4 years.

Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP)Edit

Student from SIT overseas university (OU) programme must complete an on-campus immersion programme (spanning 3 to 12 weeks depending on the overseas university degree) at the home university – an overseas study experience that offers an invaluable opportunity for cultural exchanges with international students.[24]

ResearchEdit

SIT will support industries in Singapore by establishing Technology and Innovation Centres (TIC). The TICs will conduct applied research and leverage on the strengths of the overseas universities and SIT.[citation needed] SIT also aims to nurture a pool of local research talent.[citation needed]

A 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.[25]

Campus BuildingsEdit

The University's main complex is located at the Dover campus location, 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 the Dover location. For degrees with overseas university partners (OU), students study in any of the five university satellite campuses island-wide, which are based at the polytechnics. All six SIT campuses feature teaching facilities such as seminar rooms, lecture theatres, laboratories and lounge areas which are accessible to all staff and students.

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[26], which is slated to be completed by 2023.[27]

SIT@DoverEdit

 
SIT Dover Building

SIT will house its own degree programmes in SIT@Dover, together with its main administrative office complex.

  • MEngTech and BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services)
  • MEngTech and BEng (Hons) Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land)
  • BEng (Hons) Telematics Intelligent Transportation System Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems)[28]
  • BSc Diagnostic Radiography[29]
  • B (Hons) Accountancy

SIT@NYPEdit

 
SIT NYP Building
  • Newcastle University – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering[30]
  • Newcastle University – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical Power Engineering[31]
  • Singapore Institute of Technology and the University of Glasgow. – Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing
  • Trinity College of Dublin – Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy)[32]
  • Trinity College of Dublin - Bachelor of Science with Honours in Radiation Therapy
  • Trinity College of Dublin – Bachelor of Science with Honours in Diagnostic Radiography
  • Trinity College of Dublin – Bachelor in Science (Physiotheraphy)[33]
  • BEng (Hons) Information and Communications Technology (Information Security)
  • BEng (Hons) Information and Communications Technology (Software Engineering)

SIT@NPEdit

 
SIT NP Building
  • Newcastle University – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering[34]
  • Newcastle University – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine Engineering[35]
  • Newcastle University – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval Architecture[36]
  • Newcastle University – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Offshore Engineering[37]
  • University of Glasgow – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering[38]
  • University of Glasgow – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics[39]

SIT@SPEdit

 
SIT SP Building
  • Technical University Munich – Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering[40]
  • Technical University Munich – Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Information Technology[41]
  • University of Glasgow – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering[42]
  • University of Glasgow – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems[43]
  • Digipen Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science in Game Design[44]
  • Digipen Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation[45]
  • Digipen Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation[46]
  • Digipen Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Arts in Game Design[47]

SIT@TPEdit

 
SIT TP Building
  • The Glasgow School of Art – Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design[48]
  • The Glasgow School of Art – Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design [49]
  • University of Liverpool – Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Security[50]
  • The Culinary Institute of America – Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management[51]

SIT@RPEdit

 
SIT RP Building

SIT@RP will span a total site area of almost 1,800 square metres and a total gross floor area of over 9,000 square metres. At nine storeys, SIT@RP is the tallest SIT building. It will be located next to RP’s sports field adjacent to Admiralty Park.

  • University of Glasgow – Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science[52]
  • B (Hons) Hospitality Business

See alsoEdit

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