THE JOURNEY SO FAR AND THE WAY FORWARD - Singapore Institute of Technology

 
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                                                  FY2019 was a significant year for SIT. We celebrated our ‘5+5’
                                                  milestone, reflecting on significant dates in our 10 years as an
                                                  institute of higher learning, and the last five years as an
                                                                                                                                                   WE
                                                                                                                                                  ARE
                                                  autonomous university. We also took time to review our plans for
                                                  the next five years, establishing new strategic goals that will take us
                                                  into the future.

                                                  The theme for this annual report signifies the SIT journey – looking
                   THE JOURNEY SO FAR             back on our past achievements, appreciating the present situation                                                                   OUR UNIQUE PEDAGOGY:
                                                                                                                                                                                      APPLIED LEARNING
                   A N D T H E WAY F O R WA R D

                                                  we are in, while being mindful of a future that is uncertain.

                                                                                                                                                   SIT
                                                                                                                                                                                      Since its incorporation in 2009, SIT has been offering
                                                                                                                                                                                      applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors
                                                                                                                                                                                      of the economy with a unique pedagogy that integrates
                                                                                                                                                                                      work and study. SIT aims to provide diverse pathways and
                                                                                                                                                                                      skillsets to prepare students for the disruptive future. Its

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Singapore Institute of Technology / Annual Report 2020 / About SIT
                                                                                                                                                                                      applied learning model allows students to spend part of
                                                                                                                                                                                      their curriculum in work-study or industry placements.

                                                                                     CONTENTS
                                                                                                                                                                                      Built upon a solid foundation of industry collaborations,
                                                                                                                                                                                      SIT’s curriculum is designed to enhance students’ industry-
                                                                                                                                                                                      readiness. Its signature Integrated Work Study Programme
                                                                                                                                                                                      (IWSP) exemplifies the best of the university-industry
                                                                                                                                                                                      collaboration. Students are immersed in the real working
                                                                                                                                                                                      world for up to 12 months, allowing them to gain practical
01   About SIT                                                       42           Industry                                                                                            job skills and be work-ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                      APPLIED RESEARCH
02   SIT at a Glance                                                 46           Community                                                                                           Applied research is weaved into students’ applied learning
                                                                                                                                                                                      experiences, where they work on real industry problems

04   Chairman’s Message                                              52           Support for Students
                                                                                                                                                                                      and create solutions to meet industry needs. By working
                                                                                                                                                                                      closely with the industry, students gain insights and emerge
                                                                                                                                                                                      as deep specialists in their chosen fields.

06   President’s Message                                             54           Donor                                                                                               SIT’s degree programmes are grouped into five clusters

                                                                                  Acknowledgement                                                                                     – Engineering (ENG), Chemical Engineering and Food
                                                                                                                                                                                      Technology (CEFT), Infocomm Technology (ICT), Health and
08   Senior Management                                                                                                                                                                Social Sciences (HSS), as well as Design and Specialised

                                                                     56           Corporate
                                                                                                                                                                                      Businesses (DSB).

09   Board of Trustees                                                            Governance                                                                                          WORK-LEARN CONTINUUM
                                                                                                                            Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s    SIT strives to strengthen its applied learning focus to
                                                                                                                            University of Applied Learning. SIT’s vision is to be a   prepare students to not only be work-ready, but also
12   Highlights of the Year                                          60           Board Committees                          leader in innovative learning by integrating learning,    understand the importance of learning throughout their

                                                                                  & Internal Audit                          industry and community.                                   working lives. By blurring the boundary between formal
                                                                                                                                                                                      and lifelong education, SIT is moving towards a work-
22   Key Moments in the                                                                                                     Its mission is to nurture and develop individuals who     learn continuum for life and a greater emphasis on skills

     SIT Journey                                                     62           Financial Statements                      build on their interests and talents to impact society    needed by industry.
                                                                                                                            in meaningful ways.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Once students enter SIT, they embark on their lifelong
                                                                                                                                                                                      journey to learn, unlearn and relearn, so that they are
34   Academic Year in Review 67                                                   SIT – The Next Lap                                                                                  equipped with skills to prepare for the future.

36   Applied Learning

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SIT AT A GLANCE                                    9 OVERSEAS UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

                                                                           6
                                                                           CAMPUSES

                                                                                                                                                                 SIT@DOVER
                                                                                                                                                                 SIT@NP BUILDING
                                                                                                                                                                 SIT@NYP BUILDING
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Newcastle       Technical University   University of          Massey            DigiPen Institute
                                                                                                                                                                 SIT@RP BUILDING                          University          of Munich           Glasgow              University          of Technology
                                                                                                                                                                 SIT@SP BUILDING

                                                                                                                                                                 SIT@TP BUILDING
Singapore Institute of Technology / Annual Report 2020 / SIT at a Glance

                                                                           5
                                                                           PROGRAMME CLUSTERS*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trinity College      University of        The Culinary        The Glasgow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dublin           Liverpool       Institute of America    School of Art

                                                                             18 Undergraduate
                                                                                Programmes
                                                                                                     4 Undergraduate
                                                                                                       Programmes
                                                                                                                             9 Undergraduate
                                                                                                                               Programmes
                                                                                                                                                    8 Undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                      Programmes
                                                                                                                                                                             8 Undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                                               Programmes

                                                                                                   Chemical Engineering         Infocomm               Health and            Design and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE SIT-DNA
                                                                                Engineering
                                                                                                   and Food Technology         Technology            Social Sciences    Specialised Businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                           THINKING
                                                                                                                                                                                                           TINKERERS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SIT aims to produce work-ready graduates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         armed with more than just paper qualifications,
                                                                           GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT                                          46 UNDERGRADUATE + 9 POSTGRADUATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ABLE TO LEARN,                    but with skills that can energise industries and
                                                                           SURVEY 2018                                                  PROGRAMMES                                                                                  UNLEARN AND RELEARN                  the wider community.

                                                                                                                                                            SIT Programmes                                                                                               The SIT-DNA serves as necessary guiding

                                                                                 92.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         principles that steer our curriculum design,
                                                                                                                                          16 Undergraduate                   9 Postgraduate
                                                                                                          Overall                                                                                                                                                        pedagogical approach, student interaction and
                                                                                                          Employment                                                                                CATALYSTS FOR                                                        SIT culture. These, in turn, nurture students to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRANSFORMATION                                                         embody the SIT-DNA.
                                                                                                                                          SIT-OU Joint Degree             Overseas University
                                                                                                                                              Programmes                    Programmes

                                                                                 82.9%
                                                                                                          Fulltime

                                                                                                                                          18 Undergraduate                12 Undergraduate
                                                                                                          Permanent
                                                                                                          Employment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GROUNDED IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE COMMUNITY
                                                                           *BEng (Hons) Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering) undergraduate programme is included in both
                                                                            Engineering and Infocomm Technology Clusters.

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

                                                                              FY2019 was an extraordinary and momentous year for SIT as we celebrated our ‘5+5’ milestone, which culminated in the               EMBRACING CHALLENGES, STAYING UNITED
                                                                              Groundbreaking Ceremony for our Punggol Campus last September. That event marked a significant point in a journey
                                                                              which began as a concept, just over 10 years ago. Today, SIT has carved out a credible niche for itself, championing                                                                               examinations. We will continue to render support to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented
                                                                              applied learning in Singapore. Coupled with a strong culture and ‘can do’ work ethic, the current leadership has started                                                                           students who are facing financial hardship, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 disruption. Adapting to the new normal is going to
                                                                              to redefine the meaning and purpose of higher education in Singapore – that obtaining a degree is not necessarily the                                                                              assist graduating students in their job searches and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be challenging. The disruption to our economy has
                                                                              end, but merely the start of a lifelong learning journey.                                                                                                                                          upskilling. We will need the same agility to conduct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 resulted in the need for everyone to rethink what a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 career means in a post-COVID-19 world. For SIT, this            our programmes and meet the needs of our students
                                                                              With construction having commenced on our new home in Punggol, faculty members and staff have begun to test-bed                                                                                    as Singapore emerges progressively from the circuit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 means having to rethink how we continue to deliver
                                                                              initiatives and projects so that we will hit the ground running by the time we move in. Our SIT@NYP Building has been                                                                              breaker measures.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 applied learning through the use of technology,
                                                                              repurposed into a living lab, where various projects involving Internet of Things (IoT), and Industry 4.0 keep faculty and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 without losing that all-important human element
                                                                              students on the forefront of developments. It is this pioneering spirit and ethos of always wanting to learn that will                                                                             We have come through a challenging period. With
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that comes from the mentoring experience between
                                                                              enable us to achieve what we are beginning to set out in the next chapter of our journey.                                                                                                          the support of our strategic partners – the Ministry of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 faculty and students. It calls for all of us to be versatile,
Singapore Institute of Technology / Annual Report 2020 / Chairman’s Message

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 adaptable and resilient.                                        Education, polytechnics, overseas university partners,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 industry partners, government agencies and community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SIT has responded swiftly to the COVID-19 circuit               leaders – we will continue to forge ahead to establish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 breaker measures. We came together quickly and                  SIT as a premier University of Applied Learning in the
                                                                              APPLIED LEARNING – SIT’S NEXT LAP                                                                                                  efficiently as one to support our students, especially          years to come.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in mounting full home-based learning and online
                                                                              Our Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) disrupted
                                                                              the traditional internship model when it was launched and
                                                                              remains a salient feature of the SIT experience. Through the
                                                                              IWSP, our students are able to take a deeper dive into their
                                                                              specialised professions and are empowered to make decisions
                                                                              in a real work setting. Moving forward, we believe that the
                                                                              next area of focus in higher education requires an innovation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “
                                                                              mindset – one that embraces disruption and generates
                                                                              solutions that fuel progress. Our increasing engagements
                                                                              with industry partners continue to provide opportunities for                                                                          OUR INCREASING ENGAGEMENTS
                                                                              faculty and students to innovate and transform the lives of
                                                                              the community around us. This is evident in the strategic                                                                          WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS CONTINUE TO
                                                                              collaborations we established during the year, in various fields
                                                                              including accounting, energy, food technology, healthcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FACULTY
                                                                              and telecommunications.                                                                                                            AND STUDENTS TO INNOVATE AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF THE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ”
                                                                              I am heartened to note that demand for our programmes
                                                                              continues to remain high, with an overall application rate
                                                                              of 4.5 times. Today, our staff and faculty work hard to help                                                                       COMMUNITY AROUND US.
                                                                              nearly 8,000 enrolled students achieve their dreams as they
                                                                              look forward to joining more than 9,500 alumni who have
                                                                              received degrees from SIT or one of our overseas university
                                                                              partners. I am especially proud of the recent cohort of                                                                            MR NG YAT CHUNG
                                                                              graduates from the Health and Social Sciences cluster, who         forge collaborations with various government agencies and       CHAIRMAN
                                                                              were deployed immediately upon graduation to the various           close industry partners, to ensure that as we move forward,
                                                                              healthcare institutions and community care facilities to help      our students’ learning journeys are constantly enriched and
                                                                              at the frontlines during the circuit breaker period.               empowering. While striving to sharpen our competitive
                                                                                                                                                 edge, we will remain focused on educating our SITizens to be
                                                                              One of the main tenets of the work-learn continuum is that         nimble, adaptable and able to thrive in their chosen careers.
                                                                              learning should be continuous and for life. As a growing           As SIT continues to grow, we will have to adroitly navigate
                                                                              organisation, we continue to explore new ground and                the ever-changing and fluid economic landscape.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

                                                                               FY2019 has been a year like no other. The first part of the year marked the climax of SIT’s ‘5+5’ celebrations, where                 be infused back into their teaching. Applied research   Take, for instance, the end of FY2019, which took an
                                                                               we commemorated SIT’s five years as an Institute of Higher Learning and five years as an Autonomous University.                       will also allow students a first-hand experience in     unexpected turn due to the COVID-19 outbreak. SIT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     solving industry problems.                              staff, students and partners displayed unity and resilience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             through this unprecedented time, often going above
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     To support applied research and deepen linkages         and beyond their regular work to ensure that business
                                                                               THE LAST 10 YEARS – CELEBRATING OUR MILESTONES                                                                                        with industry, SIT has set up a number of Technology    went on as usual. After the Circuit Breaker measures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Innovation Centres in the past year. They include the   were implemented, staff from various divisions worked
                                                                               Since our inception in 2009, we have achieved many things         employment rate respectively. This is a clear sign that we          Accounting Technology & Innovation Centre, a joint      tirelessly to implement full home-based learning and
                                                                               we can rightly be proud of. We have graduated over 9,500          are on the right track.                                             initiative between SIT and the Singapore Accountancy    conduct examinations online – the first time that online
                                                                               students since 2012, established a successful Integrated Work                                                                         Commission; Energy Efficiency Technology Centre, a      examinations were conducted on such a large scale.
                                                                               Study Programme (IWSP) that now has over 500 local and            At the turn of the decade, it seemed fitting that the ‘5+5’         collaboration with the National Environment Agency;     In addition, with the support from our philanthropic
                                                                               foreign companies offering full-time work attachments to our      festivities culminated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for           and Food Technology Innovation Centre, a shared         partners and donors, the Student Relief Fund at SIT
                                                                               students, and our graduates are well-received by industry.        SIT’s future campus in Punggol, held on 10 September 2019.
Singapore Institute of Technology / Annual Report 2020 / President’s Message

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     food production facility for small batch production,    (COVID-19) raised more than $800,000 in less than
                                                                                                                                                 We were honoured to have Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong             in partnership with Enterprise Singapore and JTC        two months, in aid of students who were impacted by
                                                                               We will continue to grow by launching quality degree              officiating this ceremony and attendance from numerous              Corporation. These Centres are pivotal in paving        the pandemic. In the face of these challenges, I am
                                                                               programmes that are valued by industry, after close               ministers. We have the opportunity to build a campus                the way for exchange of knowledge, sharing of           heartened to see how our people here at SIT have
                                                                               consultation with them and attracting talented applicants         that is approachable and aspirational, fostering a vibrant          manpower and resources in applied research, training    risen up to the challenge.
                                                                               who see the value in our applied learning pedagogy. In            environment that is both inviting and inspiring. It is indeed       and education.
                                                                               2020, we launched two new degree programmes in Speech             a rare opportunity to re-imagine what a university campus                                                                   The next five years of SIT’s journey will certainly have
                                                                               and Language Therapy, and Digital Communications and              of the future will be and work towards realising it.                SIT has come a long way. In our next chapter towards    its ups and downs, but it is these values that will keep
                                                                               Integrated Media. Both programmes are the first to be                                                                                 Punggol, it is timely that we are taking steps to       us grounded and take us through any challenges that
                                                                               offered by an autonomous university in Singapore, and             Our co-location with JTC’s Punggol Digital District will            strengthen our position as Singapore’s premier          may come our way.
                                                                               developed by our dedicated faculty, many of whom come             facilitate the cross fertilisation of knowledge and collaboration   University of Applied Learning, especially given how
                                                                               from industry to impart their valuable knowledge to the           opportunities among students, faculty and industry                  increasingly volatile the world has become.
                                                                               next generation of practitioners.                                 professionals. It will also be a ‘living lab’ that integrates
                                                                                                                                                 applied research and innovation for SIT and its partners.
                                                                               SIT graduates continue to be highly sought-after by industry.     The borderless, highly integrated learning environment will

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “
                                                                               Our GES results continue to validate our approach to              strengthen SIT’s position as an industry-focused university of
                                                                               learning – thanks, in no small part, to our supportive industry   applied learning with a close nexus to the community. The
                                                                               partners. We continue to set new benchmarks each year in          campus can accommodate up to 12,000 students, and will                  GIVEN OUR CLOSE TIES WITH INDUSTRY,
                                                                               spite of a tough economy. In the 2017 and 2018 Graduate           serve to support Singapore in becoming a regional hub for
                                                                               Employment Survey, we achieved a 92.3% and 92.5% overall          digital advancements and talent development.                        SIT IS WELL-POSITIONED TO PIONEER THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WORK-LEARN CONTINUUM – TO BECOME
                                                                               THE NEXT FIVE YEARS – DEEPENING APPLIED LEARNING                                                                                      A UNIVERSITY THAT CAN PROVIDE
                                                                               As we looked back on SIT’s 10-year journey, we also had the       Given our close ties with industry, SIT is well-positioned to       RE-SKILLING AND KNOWLEDGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ENHANCEMENT FOR THOSE WHO ARE
                                                                               future in mind. At the annual Strategic Planning Workshop         pioneer the work-learn continuum – to become a university
                                                                               held in August 2019, SIT updated its 5-Year Strategic Plan        that can provide re-skilling and knowledge enhancement
                                                                               after many months of lively debates and brainstorming
                                                                               to lay out the roadmap for the next five years till FY2024.
                                                                                                                                                 for those who are already in the workforce, through the
                                                                                                                                                 facilitation of authentic learning at the workplace. To do this,    ALREADY IN THE WORKFORCE, THROUGH
                                                                                                                                                 a National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     THE FACILITATION OF AUTHENTIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ”
                                                                               Over the years, SIT has established itself as a thought-          NACE@SIT, has been set up in collaboration with SkillsFuture
                                                                               leader in applied learning. Moving forward, we will deepen
                                                                               applied learning by pioneering the work-learn continuum
                                                                                                                                                 Singapore to develop workplace learning capabilities for
                                                                                                                                                 leading companies. In the near future, SITizens as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     LEARNING AT THE WORKPLACE.
                                                                               and strengthening applied research. The concept of a work-        Singaporeans will have many opportunities to enhance their
                                                                               learn continuum resonated at the second Applied Learning          lifelong learning journeys. As we say here at SIT: “Once a
                                                                               Conference, hosted by SIT in January 2020. The discussions        SITizen, always a SITizen.”
                                                                               revolved around developing future-ready talents in an era of                                                                          PROFESSOR TAN THIAM SOON
                                                                               disruptive changes. One key takeaway was the importance of        At the same time, strengthening applied research will also          PRESIDENT
                                                                               learning, unlearning and relearning throughout our working        be our key focus in the next five years as this will enable SIT
                                                                               lives in order to keep up with uncertainties and changes          faculty and academic staff to anticipate changes in industry,
                                                                               in today’s world.                                                 and the experience and best practices gained will, in turn,

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SENIOR MANAGEMENT                                                                                  BOARD OF TRUSTEES
                                                                                             FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020                                                  FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr Ng Yat Chung - Chairman
                                                                                    Professor Tan Thiam Soon                                                                           (appointed on 23 September 2009)

                                                                                               President                                                                                     Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                     (appointed on 1 February 2013)                                                                       Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

                                                                                                                                                                                Dr Chia Tai Tee - Trustee
                                                                                                 Professor Chua Kee Chaing                                                     (appointed on 16 September 2018)
                                                                                               Deputy President (Academic) & Provost                                                    Chief Risk Officer
                                                                                                 (appointed on 1 September 2019)                                                       GIC Private Limited
Singapore Institute of Technology / Annual Report 2020 / Senior Management

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Singapore Institute of Technology / Annual Report 2020 / Board of Trustees
                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr Richard Charles Helfer - Trustee
                                                                                            Mr Ronnie Tay
                                                                                                                                                                                            (appointed on 23 September 2009)
                                                                                    Deputy President (Administration)
                                                                                         & Chief Financial Officer                                                                                     Chairman
                                                                                       (appointed on 1 July 2019)                                                                               RCH International Pte Ltd

                                                                                                    Mr Chan Wing Leong                                                  Prof Heng Chye Kiang - Trustee
                                                                                                                                                                            (appointed on 16 September 2015)
                                                                                              Deputy President (Campus Development)
                                                                                                    & Chief Investment Officer                                                 Lum Chang Chair Professor,
                                                                                                    (appointed on 1 July 2019)                                              School of Design and Environment
                                                                                                                                                                             National University of Singapore

                                                                                  Professor Loh Han Tong                                                                              Ms Melissa Khoo - Trustee
                                                                             Deputy President (Technical Development)                                                                  (appointed on 1 December 2019)
                                                                                (appointed on 1 September 2019)
                                                                                                                                                                                           Deputy Secretary (Policy)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Ministry of Education

                                                                                              Associate Professor Ivan B.H. Lee                                                Dr Benjamin Koh - Trustee
                                                                                                 Vice President (Industry & Community)                                         (appointed on 16 September 2018)
                                                                                                     (appointed on 1 October 2015)
                                                                                                                                                                                Deputy Secretary (Development)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Ministry of Health

                                                                                             Mr Tsoi Mun Heng
                                                                                              Vice President (Planning)                   The Board of Trustees includes 3 Trustees who have served for more than 10 years. These Trustees have broad experience
                                                                                            (appointed on 1 April 2015)                   and are eminent leaders in their respective fields and their active engagement continues to contribute significantly
                                                                                                                                          to SIT’s growth and strategic direction, offering continuity through critical periods. All appointments of Trustees were
                                                                                                                                          endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

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Mr Kwee Liong Keng - Trustee                                Mr Nagaraj Sivaram - Trustee
       (appointed on 1 November 2017)                              (appointed on 16 September 2015)

              Managing Director
             Pontiac Land Pte Ltd

              Dr Lim Khiang Wee - Trustee                 Mr Soon Sze Meng - Trustee
                (appointed on 23 September 2009)           (appointed on 16 September 2018)

                   Executive Director, CREATE                   President, International
                  National Research Foundation                         JD.com

        Mrs Margaret Lui - Trustee                               Professor Tan Thiam Soon - Trustee
        (appointed on 16 September 2015)                                 (appointed on 1 February 2013)

             Chief Executive Officer                                                President
        Azalea Asset Management Pte Ltd                                 Singapore Institute of Technology

              Mr Abu Bakar Bin Mohd Nor - Trustee          Ms Tammie Tham - Trustee
                      (appointed on 16 September 2015)     (appointed on 16 September 2018)

                               Group Chairman                   Chief Executive Officer
                         InfoFabrica Holdings Pte Ltd          Ensign Infosecurity Pte Ltd

           Ms Gail Ong - Trustee                                    Mr T K Udairam - Trustee
        (appointed on 16 September 2018)                           (appointed on 16 September 2012)

          Partner, Equity Capital Markets                               Chief Operating Officer
               WongPartnership LLP                              Sheares Healthcare Management Pte Ltd

              Mr Quek Gim Pew - Trustee                  Mr Wen Khai Meng - Trustee
               (appointed on 16 September 2018)           (appointed on 16 September 2015)

                     Chief Defence Scientist               Senior Advisor, Group Strategy
                      Ministry of Defence                        CapitaLand Limited

       Mr Ravinder Singh - Trustee
        (appointed on 16 September 2018)

                   President
          ST Engineering Electronics Ltd

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1 JUNE 2019
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               CAPTAIN’S BALL

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 MAY 2019
                                                                                                                  HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR                                                                MAPLETREE CHALLENGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                        GRAND FINAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Mapletree Challenge aims to equip SIT students with job
                                                                                  SIT has had a fruitful year filled with significant achievements and milestones. It celebrated                        interview and presentation skills while providing them with a
                                                                                  its ‘5+5’ anniversary, commemorating its 10th year of incorporation as an institute of higher                         test-bed to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas. Supported by
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, the inaugural Challenge, which
                                                                                  learning and fifth year as an autonomous university.                                                                  began in October 2018, culminated in The Grand Final, as six
                                                                                                                                                                                                        teams of students with entrepreneurial ideas for sustainable
                                                                                                                                                                                                        innovations presented their business ideas before a panel of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        distinguished judges. Team Trolley presented a flexible trolley
                                                                                  10-17 APRIL 2019
                                                                                                                                                             27 APRIL 2019
                                                                                                                                                                                                        design to improve the workflow in a healthcare setting, and
                                                                                  STUDY TRIP TO CHINA                                                                                                   clinched the Mapletree Gold award and a cash prize of $5,000.          This friendly game of Captain’s Ball, held at the SIT@Dover
                                                                                                                                                             THE ART OF MINGLING AND                                                                                           Sports Hall, was the first in a series organised by the SIT
                                                                                                                 Representatives from various divisions      NETWORKING WORKSHOP                                                                                               Alumni Sports Network. Alumni who came together for a
                                                                                                                 participated in a study trip to China,                                                                                                                        good game scored in something else too – the discovery
                                                                                                                 led by Mr Chan Wing Leong, Deputy           How does one present oneself better                    30 MAY 2019                                                of new friends who shared the love of the game.
                                                                                                                 President (Campus Development) &            at the workplace through deportment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CHEERS IT’S THURSDAY!
Singapore Institute of Technology / Annual Report 2020 / Highlights of the Year

                                                                                                                 Chief Investment Officer, SIT, to visit     and etiquette? At this SIT Alumni Career
                                                                                                                 technology companies and universities       Network workshop held at Pan Pacific
                                                                                                                 in Shenzhen and Hangzhou. The trip                                                                                                    The very first CheerS IT’s Thursday, a social event
                                                                                                                                                             Singapore and conducted by Etiquette
                                                                                                                 presented opportunities to observe the                                                                                                where SITizens could unwind together after work
                                                                                                                                                             & Image International, SITizens got some
                                                                                                                 use of smart and emerging technologies                                                                                                without the pressures of formal networking, drew
                                                                                                                                                             great tips on the importance of making
                                                                                                                 that could be deployed in SIT’s future                                                                                                over 50 alumni. At the Japanese gastrobar Kuro
                                                                                                                                                             a good first impression, as well as the
                                                                                                                 campus in Punggol, in the areas of                                                                                                    Izakaya, they reconnected with old friends and
                                                                                                                                                             basic approach to the art of mingling.
                                                                                                                 IT infrastructure, library operations,                                                                                                made new ones from different academic clusters,
                                                                                                                 financial services, as well as innovative                                                                                             while enjoying a buffet dinner and drinks in the
                                                                                                                 software applications.                                                                                                                cosy environment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               MAY

                                                                                  APRIL                                                                                                                                                                                                            JUNE
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 MAY 2019
                                                                                          24 APRIL 2019                                                                                                 SIT SCHOLARS’ TEA SESSION                                                             3 JUNE 2019
                                                                                          CXO LEAN SUMMIT 2019                                                                                                                                                                                INAUGURAL PHARMACEUTICAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The SIT Scholars’ Tea Session is an annual       ENGINEERING OVERSEAS
                                                                                                                            ‘Transform Fire-Fighting into Lean Leadership’ was the                                                           event aimed at strengthening the bond
                                                                                                                            theme for the fourth CXO Lean Summit. It saw over 400                                                            between SIT scholars and the university.         INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT DAY
                                                                                                                            participants who heard from keynote speaker Mr John                                                              Guest speaker Thaddeus Lawrence shared
                                                                                                                            Shook, Executive Chairman, Lean Global Network (LGN),                                                                                                             The outreach session was organised to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             on ‘Resilience and Grit: Life as a Multi-Day
                                                                                                                            USA. Companies such as Four Seasons Group, Shalom                                                                                                                 provide Pharmaceutical Engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Marathon’ – his journey taking on multi-day
                                                                                                                            Movers Pte Ltd, and Particle Measuring Systems, Inc., who                                                                                                         undergraduates with opportunities to work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             marathons in the Sahara and Antarctica.
                                                                                                                            have embarked on Lean Transformation Innovation Centre                                                                                                            in China for their Overseas Integrated Work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SIT scholars walked away from the event
                                                                                                                            (LTIC)’s Lean Skills Development Programme (LSDP), also                                                                                                           Study Programme (OIWSP). Participating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             understanding their key role in building
                                                                                                                            shared their lean transformation experiences and how                                                                                                              companies GenScript showcased jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the name of SIT and how through sheer
                                                                                                                            they apply the five core principles of Lean and strive for                                                                                                        available and Tessa Therapeutics shared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             resilience, they can help to cultivate a
                                                                                                                            stability within their organisations.                                                                                                                             insights on living in China from a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             strong student culture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Singaporean perspective.

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THE JOURNEY SO FAR AND THE WAY FORWARD - Singapore Institute of Technology
19-22 AUGUST 2019                                                                                                                                         10 SEPTEMBER 2019
                                                         SIT ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT                                                          22 AUGUST 2019                                                  SIT GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
      20 JUNE 2019                                       PROGRAMME (EDP)                                                                           LAUNCH OF ACCTECH CENTRE
      FSG ROADSHOW
                                                                                              50 SIT students and alumni attended the third        SIT and Singapore Accountancy Commission jointly
                                                                                              run of the EDP together with 20 students from        set up the Accounting Technology & Innovation (AccTech)
                                                                                              the Shanghai Institute of Technology. During         Centre to help the accountancy industry adopt technology.
                                                                                              the five-day programme, the participants             It is a resource centre that catalyses collaboration
                                                                                              shared and learnt about the development of           among accounting firms, technology partners and SIT
                                                                                              e-commerce in China and its ‘One Belt, One           to experiment and prototype innovative ideas. The Centre
                                                                                              Road’ initiative. The EDP also featured sharing      will also provide networking opportunities with thought
                                                                                              by entrepreneurs from Boogle, Nimbus UAV             leaders and technology partners. In addition, accounting
                                                                                              and Tueetor.                                         professionals can benefit from workshops and symposiums
                                                                                                                                                   on advanced accounting technologies, as well as attend
                                                                                                                                                   training and attain certifications to upgrade their skillset.

      More than $73,000 was raised in support
                                                            1 JULY 2019
      of the SIT Bursary through the Faculty                HO BEE AUDITORIUM NAMING CEREMONY                                                                                                                      Officiated by Guest-of-Honour, PM Lee Hsien Loong, the
      & Staff Giving (FSG) initiative in 2018,
      making possible 24 bursaries for
                                                            AND APPRECIATION LUNCH                                                              20 AUGUST 2019                                                     Groundbreaking Ceremony for SIT’s future campus in Punggol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   marked the beginning of construction. The future campus will
      financially disadvantaged students at                 Held in appreciation of the $3.25 million endowed gifts from                        STUDENT LEADERS                                                    be part of the Punggol Digital District that will feature a fit-for-
      SIT. In appreciation of this warm-hearted             Ho Bee Land, this naming ceremony and appreciation lunch                            TOWN HALL 2019                                                     purpose campus, where the reimagining of higher education
      support, the sixth FSG roadshow was                   marked the very first time that a gift was made in support of                                                                                          can take place within a community setting.
      held at SIT@Dover. SIT faculty and                    SIT’s future campus in Punggol. In appreciation of Ho Bee                           The biannual Student Leaders Town Hall is
      staff got the chance to hear from past                Land’s philanthropic leadership, the future auditorium at                           an important platform to engage SIT student                        Distinguished guests at the event included Mr Teo Chee
      recipients on how the SIT Bursary made                Punggol (and the auditorium at SIT@Dover) was named the                             leaders through communication of key initiatives                   Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National
      a difference to them. This roadshow also              Ho Bee Auditorium.                                                                  and a dialogue to exchange ideas.                                  Security; Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence; Mr Ong Ye
      marked the first time that FSG donors                                                                                                                                                                        Kung, Minister for Education; Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister,
      had the choice of directing their gifts to            Ho Bee Land’s generous support also made possible the Ho                            Participating student leaders were from various                    Prime Minister’s Office; Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister
      AdventureLearn – a new holistic student               Bee Scholarship for academically promising undergraduates                           Student Management Committees, Special                             of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Communications
      development platform to help students                 from nine degree programmes. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister                               Interest, Arts & Culture, Sports Clubs and                         & Information; Ms Sun Xueling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary,
      better understand and improve their                   for Education, was the Guest-of-Honour, with Dr Chua Thian                          Service-Learning groups.                                           Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National
      personal learning traits and approaches               Poh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ho Bee Land,                                                                                              Development; and Mr Zainal Sapari, Member of Parliament.
      to learning.                                          among the distinguished attendees.

                                                                             JULY                                                                                                                                                    SEPTEMBER

                                                                                                                                                AUGUST
                                                                                            12 JULY 2019
     28 JUNE 2019
     PRESIDENT HALIMAH YACOB’S VISIT TO SIT
                                                                                            LAUNCH OF INTEGRATED                                23-25 AUGUST 2019
                                                                                            WORK-STUDY DEGREE                                   STUDENT ORIENTATION 2019
                                                   SIT had the honour of hosting
                                                                                            The new work-study pathway was launched                                               The freshmen’s journey at SIT began with a three-day, two-night camp, connecting them
                                                   President Halimah Yacob at
                                                                                            in July 2019 by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for                                          across different degree programmes and forging a sense of identity as a community of
                                                   SIT@Dover, where she spent the
                                                                                            Education. The Integrated Work-Study Degree                                           SITizens. Over 1,000 students attended the orientation, which aimed to cultivate a sense
                                                   morning interacting with SITizens
                                                                                            is a “through-train” programme for polytechnic                                        of belonging through experiential learning activities. Specially curated games and activities
                                                   and checking out their projects.
                                                                                            students aspiring to obtain a degree. Students                                        introduced freshmen to the SIT-DNA and the university’s approach to applied learning.
                                                   These included the ‘Light Track
                                                                                            on this pathway may obtain both a diploma and                                         Highlights of the camp included the Escape Room, which tested the freshmen’s teamwork
                                                   Inspection Vehicle’, a low-cost
                                                                                            a degree within five to seven years. The pioneer                                      and trust in one another, as well as the inaugural Amazing Race, where freshmen had to
                                                   innovation that improves inspection
                                                                                            degree programme under this pathway is                                                complete tasks across three SIT@Poly Buildings to win.
                                                   of train tracks, as well as ‘Troll-E’,
                                                                                            Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering.
                                                   a personal mobility device that
                                                                                            The first batch of seven students from Temasek
                                                   doubles up as a shopping trolley
                                                                                            Polytechnic have commenced their Integrated
                                                   in three quick steps.
                                                                                            Work-Study Degree in April 2020.

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THE JOURNEY SO FAR AND THE WAY FORWARD - Singapore Institute of Technology
28 SEPTEMBER 2019                                         3 OCTOBER 2019
        LEATHER CRAFT WORKSHOP                                    DIALOGUE WITH SITIZENS 2019                                                                                                                18-20 OCTOBER 2019
                                                                                                                                                                                                             SIT SCHOLARS’ LEADERSHIP CAMP
                                                                                                                                           12 OCTOBER 2019
                                                                                                                                           EXPRESSIT 2019

        Our alumni seized the opportunity to join the
        Leather Craft Workshop at Bynd Artisan’s
        atelier in Holland Village. Presented by the SIT
        Alumni Leisure Network, this turned out to be             Organised by SIT students, the second Dialogue with SITizens                                                                              The SIT Scholars’ Leadership Camp was held at the
        one of the most popular alumni workshops                  was a platform for the SIT community to engage with notable                                                                               West Coast Campus of the National Community
        yet. The response was so overwhelming that                political figures on contemporary issues facing the nation.                                                                               Leadership Institute. The three-day, two-night camp saw
        a second session had to be organised on                   Speaking on ‘Catalyst for Economic Growth: Competitive                                                                                    32 newly-minted SIT Full Term and Mid Term Scholars
                                                                                                                                           Organised by and featuring student artistes from the             participate in workshops and team-building activities
        the same day – at the end of which, SITizens              Skillset’, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and
                                                                                                                                           Arts and Culture clubs, the annual production promoted           designed by the senior batches of SIT Scholars. Aside
        proudly took home a leather cardholder that               Industry, shared how the youth of today could best equip
                                                                                                                                           skills and knowledge sharing among all performers.               from building a sense of continuity amongst different
        they had learnt to make from scratch, under               themselves with the necessary skillsets to navigate their way
                                                                                                                                           Themed ‘Seasons’, ExpresSIT 2019 encouraged                      batches of SIT Scholars, the camp also offered a platform
        the guidance of experienced craftsmen.                    in today’s disruptive environment.
                                                                                                                                           students to collaborate innovatively with one another            for SIT to share its vision for its student leaders and how
                                                                                                                                           to create a narrative around the four seasons – Spring,          they can help in the building of SIT’s reputation.
                                                                                                                                           Summer, Autumn and Winter.

                                                    OCTOBER

                                                                                    3 OCTOBER 2019                                                    16-18 OCTOBER 2019
     17 SEPTEMBER 2019                                                              LAUNCH OF EETC                                                    SIT GRADUATION CEREMONY
     INAUGURAL STAFF APPRECIATION DAY
                                                                                    The Energy Efficiency Technology Centre (EETC)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Held over six sessions at The Theatre at MediaCorp, the 2019
                                        The inaugural Staff Appreciation Day        was established by SIT in collaboration with the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Graduation Ceremony marked several records. An all-time high
                                        was held for the SIT family as part         National Environment Agency (NEA) to drive energy
                                                                                                                                                                                            of 1,868 graduates received their degree scrolls – 1,401 from
                                        of the ‘5+5’ celebrations. A total of       efficiency initiatives for Singapore’s manufacturing
                                                                                                                                                                                            SIT-conferred and SIT-joint programmes, as well as 467 from
                                        88 staff received five- and 10-year         industries. Companies can work with EETC to
                                                                                                                                                                                            programmes conferred by overseas university partners. A record
                                        long-service awards – the first time        conduct energy assessments of their facilities to
                                                                                                                                                                                            number of 13 degree programmes produced 372 pioneer graduates,
                                        that 10-year awards were given out.         establish their energy consumption standards, as
                                                                                                                                                                                            including those from Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering
                                        A ‘Moments Exhibition’ was also             well as to upskill their engineers through courses.
                                                                                                                                                                                            (Building Services), Telematics (Intelligent Transportation
                                        put together to showcase significant        EETC will also build a pipeline of engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                            Systems Engineering), and Pharmaceutical Engineering.
                                        milestones during SIT’s journey.            undergraduates with experience in energy
                                                                                    assessments for the industry.

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30 OCTOBER 2019
                                                                         RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE                                                                                                      2-4 DECEMBER 2019
                                                                                                                                                                                                        INAUGURAL LOCAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                        EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME
                                                                                                                                      1 NOVEMBER 2019
     29 OCTOBER-1 NOVEMBER 2019                                                                                                       NEW ALUMNI WELCOME PARTY
     WELLNESS WEEK 2019

                                                                         Now in its fifth year, the Recognition of Excellence
                                                                         (ROE) celebrates the achievements of SIT students
                                                                         and honours the generous donors whose support had
                                                                         nurtured student excellence. Held at the SIT@Dover
                                                                         Sports Hall, the year’s turnout was the largest yet. Close                                                                     The Local Experience Programme (LEP) is part of the Aircraft
                                                                         to 800 attendees, including SIT’s donors and friends,                                                                          Systems Engineering (ASE) degree programme developed
                                                                                                                                      SIT’s eighth New Alumni Welcome Party was back at
                                                                         SIT senior management, faculty and staff, as well as the                                                                       by SIT, in collaboration with SIA Engineering Company.
                                                                                                                                      the Hard Rock Café Singapore at Orchard, where more
                                                                         award and scholarship recipients and their loved ones,                                                                         The LEP provides ASE students with an opportunity to learn
     To raise awareness on the effects of stress on mental                                                                            than 280 new alumni, SIT senior management, faculty
                                                                         came together for this key university event. A total of                                                                        about the broad spectrum of industrial work and gain a better
     health and to build a sense of community and peer                                                                                and staff, as well as representatives from SIT’s overseas
                                                                         98 Book Prizes, Awards and Gold Medals, and 168 non-                                                                           understanding of the aerospace community in Singapore.
     support, a series of activities was held across all six SIT                                                                      university partners had a rolling good time. Over a
                                                                         bonded scholarships were given out by Prof Tan Thiam                                                                           During their LEP, the students visited seven MRO companies
     campuses. Students shared messages of support and                                                                                sumptuous buffet dinner, the merrymakers enjoyed
                                                                         Soon, President and Prof Chua Kee Chaing, Deputy                                                                               – ST Engineering Aerospace, Eagle Services Asia, GE Aviation,
     contributed songs that helped them through hard times                                                                            energetic performances and took part in party games.
                                                                         President (Academic) and Provost.                                                                                              Honeywell, Singapore Component Solutions, Thales and SAESL
     to a shared Spotify playlist – poSITive Vibes. They were                                                                         Lucky party-goers also won attractive prizes such as an
     also given tips on coping with stress as well as various                                                                         Apple Watch Nike+, Dyson Supersonic Dryer and DJI                 – to understand the technologies, processes, and career paths
     support resources.                                                                                                               Osmo Pocket Camera from the lucky draw.                           within the aerospace industry.

                                                                                                                                      NOVEMBER

                                                                                                                                                                                                          DECEMBER

                                                                       29 OCTOBER 2019                                                13 NOVEMBER 2019
     24 OCTOBER 2019                                                   SINGAPORE ENERGY AWARD (SEA) 2019                              SIT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS AND APPRECIATION CEREMONY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5 DECEMBER 2019
     COMMUNITY CARE INDUSTRY
                                                                       SIT was presented with the Singapore Energy Award (SEA)                                               Close to 300 guests, including Mr Ng Yat Chung,      LINKEDIN 101 WORKSHOP
     NETWORKING DAY 2019                                               2019 for Capabilities Development for its pioneering                                                  Chairman, SIT Board of Trustees, SIT senior
                                                                       role in leading manpower development in power                                                         management, SIT Scholars, as well as their           More than 50 alumni and graduating
     To raise awareness of careers in the community care setting,      engineering. Held in conjunction with the Singapore                                                                                                        students visited the LinkedIn offices
                                                                                                                                                                             invited guests, attended this flagship event.
     the Community Care Industry Networking Day was organised          International Water Week 2019, the biennial SEA recognises                                                                                                 at Marina Bay Financial Centre for an
                                                                                                                                                                             The ceremony welcomed 32 newly-appointed
     by SIT with support from the Agency for Integrated Care and       outstanding contributions to Singapore’s energy sector                                                                                                     informational workshop on the popular
                                                                                                                                                                             SIT Scholars, and celebrated the achievements
     National Council of Social Service. The event saw participation   in the areas of capabilities development and innovation.                                                                                                   social platform for professional networking
                                                                                                                                                                             of its 19 graduating scholars as well. At the same
     from 24 organisations, and was attended by the first cohort       SIT was acknowledged as the first local institute of higher                                                                                                and career development. Participants
                                                                                                                                                                             time, as part of SIT’s ’5+5’ celebrations, the
     of Dietetics and Nutrition students, as well as Year 1 students   learning to offer a dedicated Electrical Power Engineering                                                                                                 learned how to optimise their LinkedIn
                                                                                                                                                                             event saw more than 20 graduated SIT Scholars
     from the Allied Health and Nursing programmes.                    undergraduate degree, which has helped groom talent                                                                                                        profile to benefit their careers.
                                                                                                                                                                             attending the event and sharing their industry
                                                                       for the sector.                                                                                       experiences with their juniors.

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3 JANUARY 2020                                                                                                              15 JANUARY 2020
           SITIZEN AMBASSADOR INVESTITURE 2020                                                                                         CAREER NEXUS 2020
                                                                                                                                                                                                    12 MARCH 2020
                                                  SITizen Ambassadors are students who embody the core                                 For the first time, Career Nexus 2020 was                    MAPLETREE INNOVATION AND
                                                  values of the SIT-DNA, who help co-create the present                                organised as a single event offering both
                                                  and future of SIT as a premier University of Applied                                 IWSP and full-time employment opportunities                  ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM
                                                  Learning. In September 2019, the first group of SITizen                              for students. The largest SIT career event to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The second edition of the Forum – part of The Mapletree Challenge
                                                  Ambassadors was selected through a rigorous interview                                date saw participation from 177 companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                    organised by SIT and supported by Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd –
                                                  process. This multi-divisional programme calls for the                               and over 1,700 students from 24 degree
                                                                                                                                                                                                    featured a hybrid structure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A panel of
                                                  SITizen Ambassadors to serve and represent the university                            programmes. Highlights of Career Nexus
                                                                                                                                                                                                    top industry leaders came together for an evening of idea-sharing on
                                                  through hosting networking events, as well as outreach                               included industry sharing and networking
                                                                                                                                                                                                    entrepreneurship and innovation held before a group of about 50
                                                  and facilitation programmes. The event marks the start                               sessions, as well as a series of recruitment
                                                                                                                                                                                                    participants at SIT@Dover. ‘Watch parties’ were also held among the
                                                  of their journey.                                                                    talks and career-essential activities for
                                                                                                                                                                                                    SIT community, as the forum was streamed live to the public via the
                                                                                                                                       graduating students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    SIT Facebook page, with viewers sending in their questions during
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the audience participation segment.
                                                                     11-12 JANUARY 2020
     10 DECEMBER 2019                                                SIT OPEN HOUSE 2020
                                                                                                                                                    30-31 JANUARY 2020
     NIGHT@THE PROJECTOR                                             The SIT Open House, held at Suntec Convention
                                                                     and Exhibition Centre, marked the start of the 2020
                                                                                                                                                    APPLIED LEARNING CONFERENCE 2020
     At The Projector, one of Singapore’s                            Admissions Exercise. The flagship event highlighted
     hidden cineplex gems, SITizens were                             three elements of SIT – range of undergraduate and                                                                   Organised by SIT and held at Sands Expo and Convention
     treated to a special cinema experience.                         postgraduate degree programmes, outstanding                                                                          Centre, the second Applied Learning Conference was graced
     There, they enjoyed a delicious                                 student projects, and state-of-the-art lab equipment.                                                                by Guest-of-Honour Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, and
     buffet spread and networking session                            SIT also continued to feature ‘Stories of SITizens’ as                                                               was attended by more than 400 local and overseas academia and
     before settling in to find out all about                        well as ‘Singularly Talented SITizens’, which presented                                                              industry partners. Compelling discourses revolving around the
     ‘Parasite’, the acclaimed South Korean                          narratives of its current students, scholars and alumni,                                                             theme of ‘Developing Future-Ready Talents in An Era of Disruptive
     film that would go on to win the Oscar                          as well as endorsements from parents of SITizens. The                                                                Change’ were facilitated. Featuring renowned thought leaders, the
     and several major awards.                                       event saw close to 5,000 visitors over the weekend and                                                               conference provided a platform for various education trends and
                                                                     a record 7,600 attendees at the talk sessions.                                                                       perspectives, concepts of applied learning
                                                                                                                                                                                          and international best practices to be shared.

                                                JANUARY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MARCH
                                                                                                                                                                                         9-14 MARCH 2020
                6-31 JANUARY 2020                                                                                                    17 JANUARY 2020                                     SIT DISCOVERY SERIES
                INSTITUTE-VARSITY-POLYTECHNIC                                                                                        LEADERSHIP APPRECIATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The inaugural SIT Discovery Series was
                GAMES (IVP GAMES)                                                                                                    Held for the first time at SIT@Dover, this                                              conceptualised in view of SIT’s precautionary
                                                                                                                                     inaugural ceremony celebrated the                                                       measures to safeguard the community against
                                                  IVP Games 2020 was a celebratory year in the university’s sporting calendar.       philanthropic leadership of SIT’s donors                                                COVID-19. It replaced the annual SIT Discovery
                                                  SIT athletes competed against 12 other institutions and clinched its biggest       who nurture students through various forms                                              Day event and provided an opportunity for
                                                  achievement to date, with a total of eight podium finishes. It was history         of financial aid. In the decade preceding,                                              prospective students, and their parents, to
                                                  in the making for the Track and Field team as they bagged SIT’s first Gold         these donors had made possible 2,572                                                    find out more about SIT’s degree programme
                                                  medal at the IVP. The Bowling team also achieved an individual Gold and a          bursaries, grants and other forms of                                                    offerings and the admission processes through
                                                  team Bronze in the Women’s category with an impressive display of strength         financial aid for our less privileged but                                               a series of webinar sessions. The virtual series
                                                  and precision. The SIT Women’s Floorball and Netball teams also made               deserving students, many of whom were                                                   saw over 11,000 unique prospective students
                                                  their debut in the competition after qualifying through the Singapore University   the first in their families to attend university.                                       and parents tuning into the webinars via Zoom
                                                  Games (SUniG) for the first time.                                                  Close to 200 attendees participated in the                                              and Facebook. The week-long event was held in
                                                                                                                                     afternoon’s festivities.                                                                tandem with other online efforts such as the ‘Let’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Get Real’ talk show series on Facebook, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             averaged 10,000 views per programme.

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2019 was a milestone year for SIT as we
     celebrated our 10th year of incorporation as an

     institute of higher learning and our 5th year as

     an autonomous university.

     We have accomplished much because of the

     passion, enthusiasm and hard work of all those

     who have been, and continue to be, a part of

     the SIT story.

     Here are 10 key moments in our ‘5+5’ history.

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As for boosting employment, he             This is how he explained what it        helped retrenched workers get back on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sought not just to draw groups like        had set out to do at the start of the      their feet quickly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        AFTER a year of being on the defen-                                                                                                 Said Mr Lim: “Even though we had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sive, the labour movement now wants       women and older workers back to            year: “Less pain for the worker, less
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  work, but also make better use of          pain for the companies, less pain for      not been able to keep retrenchment ze-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to go on the offensive.                                                                                                         ro, we made every effort possible to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Yesterday, labour chief Lim Swee       PMETs.                                     the Singapore economy in a downturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “We hope the re-employment rate         and hopefully, more gain for the work-     make sure not every retrenched work-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Say gave a bullish outlook for the job                                                                                          er has to end up being unemployed. So
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        market in the coming year, saying the     can be further increased, the structur-    ers, businesses, economy in an up-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  al unemployment can be further re-         turn.”                                     if you are retrenched, very quickly we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        National Trades Union Congress                                                                                                  retrain them and get them back to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  duced and more importantly, un-               On both counts, he said, the NTUC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (NTUC) wants to get Singapore back                                                                                              work again.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   KEY MOMENTS IN THE SIT JOURNEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  der-employment among the mid-              had been largely successful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to full employment next year as well      dle-aged PMETs can be further avoid-                                                      NTUC’s Employment and Employa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He noted that Singapore was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as ramp up efforts for groups like the    ed through retraining, reskilling,” he     among only a handful of countries          bility Institute (e2i) found jobs for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PMETs (professionals, managers, exec-     said.                                      that can boast a low unemployment          16,000 of the 27,000 that went to it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        utives and technicians), who have            Mr Lim, NTUC’s secretary-               rate (less pain) and a quick recovery      for help.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        been severely hit in this downturn.       general, was speaking at a press confer-   from the downturn (more gain).                 For 59-year-old Sim Bai Hai, “less
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “This year was the year of the de-     ence, alongside his colleagues, to re-        The Singapore economy grew by           pain” was the story of his year. He lost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fensive play – save jobs and keep re-     view the labour movement’s work this       14.2 per cent in the third quarter over    his job in the textile industry in Au-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        trenchment down,” he said.                year and to give a peek into its plans     the second quarter. Latest official fig-   gust, but was back in the workforce as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “The year 2010 is going to be the      for the year ahead.                        ures put the unemployment rate at 3.4      a security guard by October after at-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        year of the offensive play. We are go-       Details of its plans will be unveiled   per cent. In contrast, the United          tending courses in e2i.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing all out to score goals, to pursue     in February when it holds its Work-        States economy grew by only 2.8 per            “I just stayed positive and tried to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        higher economic growth, to pursue         plan Seminar. It decided to wait until     cent during the same period, while its     learn new things,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stronger job creation, to lower the un-   the Economic Strategies Committee re-      unemployment rate hit 10 per cent.         jeremyau@sph.com.sg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Board to chart
                                                                           home budget debate
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     SIT’S JOURNEY BEGAN
                                                                                                                                                                MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

                                                                           Degrees for poly
                                                                                                                                                                              ates every year.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Dr Ng said that with the opening of the
                                                                                                                                                                              Singapore University of Technology and De-
                                                                                                                                                                              sign next year and the expansion of SIT pro-          Courses offered by 5 top institutes                                                 path for poly grads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        seeking degrees
                                                                                                                                                                              grammes, the Government will be on track

                                                                           grads launched
                                                                                                                                                                              to meet the 2015 target of having 30 per cent          Technical University of Munich           The two degrees it will offer
                                                                                                                                                                              of a cohort attend university.                        (Technische Universitat                 are: Bachelor of Science,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Noting that SIT’s partners were picked             Munchen) has produced 15 Nobel          specialising in real-time
                                                                                                                                                                              for their high academic standing and strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prize winners and 10 recipients of      interactive simulation/game
                                                                                                                                                                              industry links, he said all institutes of higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz           design and Bachelor of Arts,
                                                                                                                                                                              learning must strive to be the best in their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prize, the highest German               specialising in production
                                                                                                                                                                              class globally. “This is the best way to serve
                                                                                                                                                                              Singaporean students, because they are then           research prize.                         animation/game design.
                                                                                                                                                                              assured that their graduation certificates are           It is among nine elite schools
                                                                           Admission process begins                          universities. Fees will be about $18,000 over
                                                                                                                             the two years.                                   worth something and will not diminish over            that receive national funding for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    research under the German
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Culinary Institute of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            America is among the best and its
                                                                           today for 8 courses from                             The SIT’s five partner institutions are
                                                                                                                             top-notch in their fields of specialisation.
                                                                                                                                                                              time,” he added.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The Education Ministry said faculty mem-           Universities Excellence Initiative.     students have become leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chefs and restaurant owners as              A 14-MEMBER high-level board has been appoint-

     IN 2009 TO PROVIDE
                                                                                                                                                                              bers from partner universities will be in-               TUM will offer three
                                                                           5 top foreign institutions                        They include the Technical University of Mu-
                                                                                                                             nich, the German science and engineering in-     volved in teaching students.                          specialisations: microelectronics,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            well as media personalities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Its alumni include Anthony               ed by the Education Ministry to chart new direc-
                                                                                                                             stitution which has produced 15 Nobel prize         Students will also enjoy industrial attach-        integrated circuit design and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bourdain (author, chef and TV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tions for polytechnic graduates seeking a university
                                                                             BY SANDRA DAVIE                                 winners; the Culinary Institute of America       ments, internships and exchange pro-                  automation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       01
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            host) and Roy Yamaguchi
                                                                             SENIOR WRITER                                   (CIA), consistently ranked as the best culi-     grammes at partner universities.                                                              (author, restaurant owner and
                                                                                                                                                                                 Dr Ng also revealed that his ministry will          Newcastle University is a
                                                                                                                             nary school in the United States; and the
                                                                           THE Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)       DigiPen Institute of Technology, dubbed the
                                                                                                                             Harvard for video game developers.
                                                                                                                                                                              invest up to $1 billion to increase capacity at
                                                                                                                                                                              the five polytechnics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    member of the Russell Group, an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    association of leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            former TV Iron Chef).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Details of the degree course             education, with a strong industry focus.
                                                                           will start running foreign university degree                                                                                                             research-intensive universities in      will be confirmed soon.
                                                                           programmes for polytechnic graduates in Au-
                                                                           gust, earlier than originally planned.
                                                                                                                                The other two are the University of Ne-
                                                                                                                             vada, Las Vegas, ranked in the top two for
                                                                                                                                                                                 This means that by 2015, 45 per cent of a
                                                                                                                                                                              Primary 1 cohort can access polytechnic edu-
                                                                                                                                                                              cation, up from the 42 per cent now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Britain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Bachelor of Engineering in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The University of Nevada, Las                Heading the board of the new Singapore Insti-
                                                                                                                             hospitality programmes in the US; and the                                                                                                      Vegas William F. Harrah College
                                                                              SIT initially planned to start offering the
                                                                           courses next year.
                                                                                                                             University of Newcastle, part of the prestig-
                                                                                                                             ious Russell Group of universities in Britain.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The five polytechnics took in about
                                                                                                                                                                              25,000 students last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marine Technology programme it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    will offer has three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Hotel Administration is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            consistently ranked in the top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tute of Technology (SIT) is Mr Ng Yat Chung, a sen-
                                                                              But Education Minister Ng Eng Hen said                                                                                                                specialisations: naval
                                                                           yesterday “good progress” had been made
                                                                           and as a result, SIT can start its degree pro-
                                                                                                                                The SIT, now headquartered in North
                                                                                                                             Bridge Road, says the admission process will
                                                                                                                                                                                 Polytechnic graduate Terence Chuah,
                                                                                                                                                                              who studied culinary management at Te-
                                                                                                                                                                              masek Polytechnic, was impressed that SIT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    architecture, marine engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and offshore engineering.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            two for hospitality undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            programmes in the United States.            ior managing director at investment house Temasek
                                                                                                                             take a student’s grades, extra-curricular ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Holdings.
                                                                           grammes ahead of time.                                                                                                                                                                              Its alumni include Mr Scott
                                                                                                                             tivities and personal qualities into account.    was able to bring in the renowned CIA.
                                                                              The admission process for eight degree                                                                                                                 DigiPen Institute of                  Sibella, president of Mirage Hotel
                                                                                                                             Work experience will be key and all candi-          The 22-year-old, who is now in national
                                                                           programmes from five top institutions rang-                                                                                                              Technology’s graduates are              and Casino, and Mr George
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The institute will manage and implement degree
                                                                                                                             dates will be subject to interviews.             service, said: “I used to dream of going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    highly sought after by top game         Maloof, owner and chief
                                                                           ing from culinary arts to video game design          Dr Ng made the announcement when he           CIA. It would have cost at least $200,000 in
                                                                                                                                                                              fees and living expenses over four years. My          developers and publishers such as       executive of The Palms Casino
                                                                           will now start today.                             spoke about expanding university places fur-

     MORE OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                              The Government will provide a roughly 75
                                                                           per cent fee subsidy for the two-year degree
                                                                                                                             ther this year.
                                                                                                                                The SIT will add more degree pro-
                                                                                                                                                                              parents don’t have that kind of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                 “But with CIA here and the subsidy, it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nintendo, Electronic Arts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lucas-Arts, Sony, Microsoft and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dreamworks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Resort.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It will offer a Bachelor of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Science in hotel administration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        programmes offered by foreign universities in part-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nership with the five polytechnics.
                                                                           courses – the same as the subsidies it pro-       grammes over the next few years and eventu-      within my reach. I can’t wait.”
                                                                           vides for undergraduates at the three local       ally offer 2,000 places to polytechnic gradu-    sandra@sph.com.sg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The SIT board, made up of key individuals from
                                                                           Language teaching will not ‘swing to extreme’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “So, I hope the MOE does not adopt a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       defeatist attitude when reviewing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       teaching of mother tongues and end up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       eroding our language environment to our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        medicine, telecommunications, law and Govern-
                                                                             BY CLARISSA OON                               nese, Malay and Indian homes.                  those who speak Malay or Tamil languag- ing how Chinese language proficiency is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       own detriment,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The call to have more creative meth-          ment, has also appointed Professor Tan Chin Tiong
                                                                                                                              The review, led by the Director-Gener- es as markets in Indonesia, Malaysia and tested, taking a leaf from overseas exami-               ods of teaching Chinese, rather than low-
                                                                          CHINESE language teaching will remain            al of Education Ho Peng, will be complet- India expand,” he added.
                                                                                                                           ed at the year’s end, said Dr Ng.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nation models tailored for students with
                                                                                                                                                                             A perennial hot-button issue, Chinese little or no exposure to Chinese at home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ering standards, was also made by Work-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ers’ Party leader Low Thia Khiang (Hou-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as its president.
                                                                          tailored to students’ abilities, with oral
                                                                          skills emphasised for the majority, and
                                                                          ample opportunity for the best to go as
                                                                                                                              It will redesign the mother tongue cur- language standards have resurfaced as a              But Mrs Josephine Teo (Bishan-Toa
                                                                                                                           riculum to recognise “the wider range of topic of debate in recent months. The Payoh GRC) warned yesterday against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       gang), Nominated MP Teo Siong Seng
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tanjong Pagar                 Prof Tan was the founding member of the Singa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pore Management University and has been its prov-
                                                                          far as they can.                                 starting points and prior backgrounds of Ministry of Education (MOE) had said it basing the review “on the assumption                       GRC).
                                                                             Education Minister Ng Eng Hen gave            our pupils, and devise customised ap- was reviewing the curriculum now that that (the mother tongues) have become                              Replying, Dr Ng said Singapore would
                                                                          this reassurance yesterday to four Mem-          proaches”, Dr Ng said.                         six in 10 ethnic Chinese students entering more like foreign languages in Singa-             not swing to the extreme of teaching the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ost and deputy president since 1999.

     FOR POLYTECHNIC
                                                                          bers of Parliament, who cautioned                   Far from losing its bilingual edge, Sin- Primary 1 come from predominantly Eng- pore”.                                                   mother tongues as foreign languages. He
                                                                                                                           gapore wants to strengthen it by not alien- lish-speaking homes.                                                                            urged teachers to take advantage of the
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                                                                           E D N lowering
                                                                                   E S D AChinese
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           I T E :sixm yParliamentary     chairs the Government
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     s gCommittee
                                                                          ards across the board.
                                                                             The exchange came amid an ongoing
                                                                                                                                                  students                                                                                         for Education,
                                                                                                                           er tongue lessons pitched at too difficult years ago introduced a modular curricu- noted the popularity of Chinese-language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       mass media and pop culture to encourage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       students to use these languages daily.              “Over the years, more and better students are
                                                                          review of how the three mother tongues           a level for them, he clarified.                lum pegged to students’ abilities.            media here, as well as how Mandarin and           More details on how language teaching
                                                                          are taught in schools, given that the moth-         “With the rise of China, being bilin-          New changes in the pipeline, revealed Chinese dialects can be heard every day             and curriculum will be tweaked will be an-       opting for polytechnic education. SIT will offer new
                                                                          er tongue is now used less often in Chi-                                   PARL I AMENT
                                                                                                                           gual is a valuable cachet. Similarly too for by Dr Ng last December, include modify- in public places.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NAVIGATOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       nounced in Parliament today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        degree opportunities in Singapore to this large pool
                                                                         New institute: Diplomas to degrees                                                                                                                                                                   Possible use of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Medisave for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of students,” Prof Tan said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I look forward to the many challenges ahead for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              health screenings
                                                                         BY SIA LING XIN                                timates for the Education Minis-
                                                                                                                                                                                   OVERSEAS UNIVERSITY PARTNERS                                                               under study                               SIT and believe that it will contribute significantly
                                                                                                                        try (MOE) yesterday, he said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A2                                        to the new landscape of higher education in Singa-
                                                                         A
                                                                                                                        that the SIT and other higher in-              Overseas University                    Programme Offered
                                                                                  NATIONAL institute,                   stitutes of learning will act as en-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pore.”

     GRADUATES
                                                                                  set up to help diploma                gines to power Singapore’s next                Technical University of                Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
                                                                                  holders upgrade their                                                                Munich (TUM), Germany                  and Information Technology
                                                                         qualifications to a degree from
                                                                                                                        phase of growth as a knowl-
                                                                                                                        edge- and innovation-driven                    University of Newcastle            Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Technology                      Romanian embassy                               SIT will work with the foreign universities to of-
                                                                         foreign universities, will start               economy.                                       upon Tyne (NU), UK                 with Honours in Naval Architecture                                driver got series                           fer degree courses but the classes will be mostly
                                                                         classes from August – a year                       The renowned universities                                                     Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Technology                      of phone calls
                                                                         ahead of schedule.
                                                                            The Singapore Institute of
                                                                                                                        that the SIT is partnering will
                                                                                                                        “add value and recognition to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          with Honours in Marine Engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Technology                      from Silviu Ionescu                         conducted at the five polytechnic campuses.
                                                                         Technology (SIT), which was es-
                                                                         tablished last year, will be offer-
                                                                                                                        our polytechnic diplomas as
                                                                                                                        they provide advanced stand-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          with Honours in Off-shore Engineering                             A3                                             The institute intends to offer places for 2,000
                                                                         ing eight degree programmes –
                                                                         in fields such as culinary arts
                                                                                                                        ing”, he said.
                                                                                                                            Polytechnic graduates will al-
                                                                                                                                                                       DigiPen Institute of
                                                                                                                                                                       Technology (DigiPen), USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bachelor of Science with specialisation in
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Real-Time Interactive Simulation/Game Design                                                                  full-time and 1,500 part-time students yearly by
                                                                         and video-game design – from
                                                                         five top overseas institutions.
                                                                                                                        so be able to obtain degrees af-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bachelor1 students
                                                                                                                                                                                             Compassvale Secondary
                                                                                                                                                                                             Macbeth underProduction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Arts Yeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              withJinspecialisation
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the North StarAnimation/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Education Programme,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Game Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in Gang, both 12, acting out a scene from Shakespeare’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hua (left) and Edmund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Indonesia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 which aims to develop students                      David
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                holistically. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM   2015. The full-time courses are expected to last two
                                                                                                                        ter only two years instead of
                                                                            For a start, about 500 vacan-               three or four years, he added.                 Culinary Institute of              Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary                      Gurnani             is Asia’s               years while the part-time courses can take up to
                                                                         cies in all will be available
                                                                         across the eight courses, but the
                                                                                                                            Singaporean students will
                                                                                                                        have their course fees subsidised
                                                                                                                                                                       America (CIA), USA       Learning about confidence,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Arts Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Madam Asvinder Kaur, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Biggest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              teaches EnglishLoser and literature to-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gether in a subject known as Lan-       four years.
                                                                         exact number for each course
                                                                         will depend on the demand and
                                                                                                                        by the MOE.
                                                                                                                            Other than fresh polytechnic
                                                                                                                                                                       University of Nevada,
                                                                                                                                                                       Las Vegas (UNLV), USA    character       – from Macbeth A15
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration                                 guage Arts, noted that “lessons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                now have a lot of hands-on activi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ties” and are focused on the proc-         Since 2007, six foreign universities have part-
                                                                         ideal cohort size.                             graduates, those with work expe-                                                                                                                        ess of learning rather than just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nered three local polytechnics to offer niche de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SOURCE: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
                                                                            The institute aims to in-                   rience are encouraged to apply.                                            BY YEO SHANG LONG           Shakespeare play.                               the outcomes alone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Secondary 1 students then               HOMEStudent Umairah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A2-A6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saidon, 13,
                                                                         crease this number to 2,000 in
                                                                         five years’ time.
                                                                                                                            This is because “their maturi-             Chua, 18, welcomes    the SIT,
                                                                                                                                                                                         MACBETH,      when     overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                                         as taught at Com- because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               form groups,of each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                theof which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      high is allo-             said: “Macbeth taught us how to         grees in areas such as optometry and early child-

     Singapore Institute of Applied Technology (SIAT) was incorporated
                                                                                                                        ty and real-world knowledge                    she does not want passvale               costsincul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Secondary School,
                                                                                                                                                                                          to go abroad.                 involved.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               catedIt’s   a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a scene         idea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from the play. They            WORLD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               respect others  and not A8-A11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to only
                                                                            Classes are starting ahead of
                                                                         time because the SIT has made
                                                                                                                        will bring valuable perspectives
                                                                                                                        into the classroom and add val-
                                                                                                                                                                          She plans to apply   for its
                                                                                                                                                                                         literature, butho-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to bring
                                                                                                                                                                                         cates not only an appreciation
                                                                                                                                                                                                         also character
                                                                                                                                                                                                                grammes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               brainstorm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for some           ideas onpro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of those         acting out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the scene and getting props and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and here,    and I like how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                think about yourself.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Yeo Jin Hua, 12, who played          hood education.
                                                                                                                                                                       tel-administrationconfidence.
                                                                                                                                                                                           course after they are tailored      costumes. In the process, the stu-             TECHNOLOGY                    A12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Macbeth, said his group was ini-
                                                                         good progress on this major ef-
                                                                         fort, said Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minis-
                                                                                                                        ue to the strong industry rele-
                                                                                                                        vance of SIT’s degree offerings”,              graduating next year.
                                                                                                                                                                                         tion Programme –technic  a schooleducation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to match poly-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Under the North Star Educa- dents learn how to work together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               as a team. so that it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tially caught up in “complaining           Currently, just 300 students are enrolled in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MOTORING                  A13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               about who was doing the most
                                                                         ter for Education, yesterday.                  an SIT spokesman said.                            She said: “There    arethatmany       takes only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stu- twoTheir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    years.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          efforts culminate in a               work, and who was doing no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        two-year degree programmes run by the six over-

     in September 2009 to provide more opportunities for polytechnic
                                                                                                                                                                                         scheme        aims to develop
                                                                            In a debate on the Budget es-                   Polytechnic student Vanessa                people who cannotdents   holistically
                                                                                                                                                                                            afford              lingxin@sph.com.sg
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to go – students    also play staged in class, giving them a               work”.     “But    eventually    we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ENTERTAINMENT         A14-A15
                                                                                                                                                                                         learn about the pitfalls of greed chance to hone their public speak-
                                                                                                                                                                                         and jealousy when studying the ing skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               stopped complaining and learnt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to work together,” he said.             seas universities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LIFESTYLE                          A16
                                                                         Indonesia                                                                                                              4th varsity’s fees to go up progressively
                                                                                                                                                                       Indonesian police’s counterter- and carry out the 2002 Bali

     graduates to obtain recognised degrees. Just six months later,
                                                                                                                                                                       rorism squad on an Internet kiosk bombings, which killed 202 peo-                                VIEWPOINTS                        A17
                                                                                                                                                                       in Pamulang, Banten province.              ple on the Indonesian resort is-
                                                                         kills top                                                                                     most-wanted leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                          THE first few batches of students
                                                                                                                                                                          Dulmatin wasentering
                                                                                                                                                                                             one theof Singapore
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the land,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the
                                                                                                                                                                                          of Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          most of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The $11,000 in fees that the will, like leading American univer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   first  SUTDforeign     will pay ac- SPORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cohorts tour-                                     A18-A19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sities, have a more equitable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ists.(SUTD) counts for 17 per cent of the total ing model based on endowment,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fund-

                                                                         JI fugitive
                                                                                                                                                                       Jemaah Islamiah will         subsidised yearly fees of fees, Dr Ng said. But once facili- BUSINESS
                                                                                                                                                                                           (JI)paymilitant                                                               scholarships and grants. A20-A23
                                                                                                                                                                                          about $11,000 – but future“He under-wastiesshotare dead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             set up, just  fivewill pay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     students                Students in such institutions

     SIT was launched to offer polytechnic graduates more choice
                                                                                                                                                                       group. He was an       Al-Qaeda- minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                          graduates will pay significantly       after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   morehe thanlogged    onofto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               25 per cent    the fees.  are asked to pay much higher fees
                                                                                                                                                                       trained bomb-makingmore. special-                                        fees for degree pro- as they would be the “prime bene-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Internet,”Annual   a counterterror-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ja- Uni- IN      CHINESE          SECTION
                                                                                                                                                                       ist with a US$10-million
                                                                                                                                                                                             This, Education Minister Ng grammes at the Nanyang Techno- ficiaries” after graduating from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ism-squad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is so that member          told The
                                                                         JAKARTA                                                                                                          Eng Hen said
                                                                                                                                                                       (S$14.6-million) bounty       on yesterday,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          his
                                                                                                                                                                                                     States’ ofkarta
                                                                                                                                                                                          students bear a fair share
                                                                                                                                                                       head under the United
                                                                                                                                                                                          for the recruitment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   logical University,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Post newspaper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        National

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   top faculty pore Management University Which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of costs    versity of Singapore and Singa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         these  prestigious universities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stocksschemes will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             But he gave the assurance that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         adequate financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      READ ALL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TV footage      showed     police tocar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $10,000, will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         be in take
                                                                         ONE of the region’s most want-                                                                                                                                                                                  offwill still main-                                          ABOUT
     of obtaining a specialised degree, in collaboration with renowned
                                                                                                                                                                       Rewards for Justice             pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                          and for state-of-the-art    facilities   range   from $6,000                           place. “We
                                                                         ed terror suspects, Dulmatin ali-                                                             gramme.            at Singapore’s fourthrying       an orange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   university,             body bag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   but medicine    and to   an stu- tain our standing policy for SUTD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dentistry
                                                                         as Joko Pitono, was yesterday                  SHOT DEAD: Dulmatin died in                                       scheduled to open next year.
                                                                                                                                                                          Believed to be in his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   dents pay close to $19,000.          with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that nothe      IRs?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   student who can benefit
                                                                                                                                                                                             The late   30s, currently sub-
                                                                         killed in a raid conducted by the              a police raid on an Internet kiosk.            he is accused of helping
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Government
                                                                                                                                                                                          sidises 75JIper cent of CONTINUED
                                                                                                                                                                                                        plan       course fees tute
                                                                                                                                                                                                at the three autonomous universi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Using the Massachusetts Insti- from its education will be denied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ON ofWORLD     A8 – which charg- B7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        es about $53,000 yearly – as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that opportunity due to lack of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                means.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      IT IN DL
                                                                                                                                                                                                ties with students paying the rest.     example, Dr Ng said the SUTD            LEOW SI WAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TOMORROW
     overseas universities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           HIDDEN iPHONE SHORTCUTS

     PARTNERING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Impress even veteran users

     REPUTABLE
     OVERSEAS
     UNIVERSITIES
     SIT’s first five Overseas University (OU) partners were reputable
     names in the fields of engineering, game design and hospitality.
     This approach set the foundations for offering specialised,

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     industry-relevant degrees.

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