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Singapore Polytechnic

Singapore Polytechnic (Abbreviation: SP) is an institution of higher learning in Singapore. It is also the first polytechnic established in Singapore. It was founded on 27 October 1954 to provide studies, training and research in technology, science, commerce and the arts. The former campus was originally located at Prince Edward Road and was relocated to its present-day location at Dover next to Dover MRT station in 1978. As an industry-oriented alternative to a broader based junior college education, polytechnic graduates in Singapore are sought after for work or many continue to complete university degrees. In contrast to polytechnics in the United States and UK, polytechnics in Singapore admit majority of its students after secondary school which is after 10 years of formal education. Diplomas in a specialised area of study, for example Biomedical Science, are awarded after completing 3 or 2 years of studies.

Singapore Polytechnic
Politeknik Singapura  (Malay)
新加坡理工学院 (Chinese)
சிங்கப்பூர் பாலிடெக்னிக் (Tamil)
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MottoBerkhidmat Dengan Keahlian
Established27 October 1954; 65 years ago (1954-10-27)
ChairpersonMr Bill Chang York Chye
PrincipalMr Soh Wai Wah[1]
Administrative staff
Approx. 1,500
StudentsApprox 15,900
Campus38 hectares
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Agency executive
  • Bill Chang York Chye, Chairman
Parent agencyMinistry of Education
Location of SP

2010 saw Singapore Polytechnic's 50th graduation ceremony and 150,000th graduate.[2] In 2018, Singapore Polytechnic became the first polytechnic to achieve a milestone of 200,000 graduates.

Academic Schools and DepartmentsEdit

Singapore Polytechnic offers full-time diploma courses[3] and a range of continuing education programmes.[4] It has eleven academic schools[5]:

  • School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE)
  • SP Business School (SB)
  • School of Chemical and Life Sciences (CLS)
  • School of Computing (SoC)
  • School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  • School of Life Skills and Communication (LSC)
  • School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (MAE)
  • School of Mathematics and Science (MS)
  • Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy
  • Media, Arts and Design School (MAD)
  • Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)

The Professional & Adult Continuing Education Academy or PACE Academy, is a multidisciplinary Continuing Education and Training (CET) Academy offering CET programmes for adults, both online and classroom based.


Dover MRT Station provides rapid transit to Singapore Polytechnic

Retail and DiningEdit

Food outlets

  • 6 foodcourts (including Koufu Food Court)
  • McDonald's
  • KFC
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Subway
  • Cafe @ Moberly
  • Long John Silver's
  • Bang Deli
  • Old Chang Kee

Retail Outlets

  • Dover Mart
  • Popular Bookstore


  • Sports Complex, with a full-length football pitch and running track
  • Swimming complex
  • 4 Tennis Courts
  • 3 Badminton Courts
  • 1 Gym
  • 3 Basketball Courts

The Sports Arena, completed in 2015 has 12 badminton courts, 2 Basketball courts, 4 Squash Courts, 1 Multipurpose Hall and 2 Volleyball Courts. Other facilities include an external rock climbing wall and 2 rooftop Basketball Courts.

Moberly is the oldest block of SP. Once a British army barracks, the building has been refurbished into a recreational hub. It contains seven pool tables (3 on level 1, four on level 2), jamming studios, karaoke rooms, a café and a mini museum.

Other facilitiesEdit

  • The alumni clubhouse, Singapore Polytechnic Graduates Guild (SPGG), is next to the campus, and contains a bowling alley, swimming pool, pool room, a gym and a restaurant.[6]
  • Two libraries: the Main Library and Hilltop Library. The Main Library houses the first Makerspace in a Singapore library.[7]
  • Aerohub: A four-storey building that houses an aircraft hangar, laboratories and a Research & Development centre. There are 4 aircraft in the hangar: Hawker HS125-700A, King Air B90, A4SU Super Skyhawk and Bell UH-1H Helicopter.[8]

Awards and certificationsEdit

The Polytechnic has been awarded the Singapore Quality Class as well as the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. It has also won the Singapore Public Service Award for Organisational Excellence and the People Developer and Family Friendly Awards.

SP received the President's Award for the Environment in 2010.[9] Some of the key green initiatives by SP over the years included spearheading the adoption of Marina Reservoir to keep it clean and organising the Singapore International Water Festival to engage youths on environmental and water issues.

In 2011, SP won the South West Environment and Community (ECo) Award (Community Category). The award recognises exemplar efforts of organisations that have contributed to environmental and community sustainability in the district.

SP also clinched the inaugural ASEAN People’s Award in 2015 for its contributions toward the region’s community-building efforts.

Scholarships and Outstanding Talent ProgrammeEdit

Currently, SP offers the following scholarships

  • SP Scholarship
  • SP Engineering Scholarship
  • SP Sports and Arts Scholarship

Singapore Polytechnic Outstanding Talent (SPOT) Programme

SPOT is a talent development and enrichment programme. All SP Scholars will automatically be placed under this programme. Other eligible students will be invited to join SPOT based on their year 1 semester 1 academic results or lecturers' recommendation.

Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)Edit

EAE is an admissions exercise that allows students to apply and receive conditional offers for admission to polytechnic based on their aptitudes and interests before taking their O-Level exams. This exercise replaced the Direct Polytechnic Admissions (DPA) Exercise and Joint Admission Exercise (JAE).

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "MHA announces appointment of new Commissioner of Prisons from Oct 1". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Oldest poly celebrates its 150,000th grad". 19 May 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Full time Diplomas of Singapore Polytechnic". Singapore Polytechnic.
  4. ^ "Continuing Education Programmes of Singapore Polytechnic". Singapore Polytechnic.
  5. ^ "Academic Schools Singapore Polytechnic". Singapore Polytechnic.
  6. ^ "Singapore Polytechnic Graduates' Guild".
  7. ^ Fang, Sin Guek (17 August 2014). "LAS visit to Makerspace@Singapore Polytechnic",Singapore Libraries Bulletin. Library Association of Singapore. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Singapore Polytechnic – Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering Facilities".
  9. ^ "President's Award for the Environment". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014.

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