24 October 2013
From left to right: Mr Quek See Tiat, Professor Ting Seng Kiong, Professor Tan Thiam Soon, Mr Andrew Khaw
The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) announced today that it will start offering applied degree programmes in its own name from 2014 onwards. The launch of its own degrees is a key step as SIT prepares to become Singapore’s fifth autonomous university.
Since its inception in 2009, SIT has carved a niche education pathway by offering practice-oriented degree programmes with strong industry links. Through close consultation with key industry players, SIT has identified industry sectors with strong demand for graduates. In just four years, SIT’s annual intake has expanded to 1,500 students in 27 full-time degree programmes, offered in partnership with 11 reputable overseas universities.
As Singapore’s fifth autonomous university, SIT will help to open more pathways in higher education for Singaporeans. SIT will continue to expand and leverage its strong industry links to award applied degrees in its own name, in addition to the partnerships it already has with overseas university partners.
SIT Applied Degree Programmes
SIT will offer three new degree programmes starting in Academic Year 2014/15:
|Degree Programme||Location||Estimated Initial Student Intake|
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Engineering Technology (MEngTech) in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering
SIT@SP and SIT@Dover
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Information and Communications Technology
Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours)
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering is the first of its kind in Singapore. The role of engineers to support Singapore’s economic growth and development needs in terms of first-world infrastructure is critical as Singapore positions itself as a global transportation hub. SIT’s response to industry demand is to create a niche engineering programme that will offer highly-specialised training closely aligned with industry needs. For instance, SIT students will receive Level II/III certification in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) as part of their degree . Students who fulfill qualifying academic criteria can undergo an additional year of the programme to graduate with a Master of Engineering Technology (MEngTech).
SIT will also launch the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) programme with specialisation in Software Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) programme. This will support Singapore’s needs for graduate talent in the ICT and financial sectors. More details about the new degree programmes are in ANNEXES A to C.
SIT Integrated Work Study Programme
SIT will pilot its Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) through its new applied degree programmes. Held over a span of 8 to 12 months, the IWSP is a unique blend of full-time work and study where students will be able to gain real work experience through the course of their studies and apply classroom learning in their immediate work environments. The structure of the IWSP is unique. It will differ for each degree programme, and will be of a longer duration than typical internships to cater to different industry needs and allow a fuller and more meaningful learning stint.
Designed to be more in-depth and structured than a traditional internship or industrial attachment, students participating in the IWSP will not only gain real work experience and an insight into working life, but also receive remuneration that is in line with contractual work. SIT has received positive response from organisations such as the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Land Transport Authority (LTA), transport companies such as SBS Transit and SMRT Corporation, accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and RSM ChioLim, and many others who are keen to partner with SIT on the IWSP. More details about the IWSP are in ANNEX D.
Industry Advisory Committee
SIT has formed Industry Advisory Committees (IAC) for each of the degree programmes to guide curricula development. The IACs comprise key industry leaders who will give feedback and advice on the development of the respective degree programmes. Through such close industry consultation, SIT is able to ensure the relevance of its programmes by continually aligning its degree curricula with evolving industry needs.
Speaking at the Press Conference, Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT said, "This is a very proud moment for SIT. We have come a long way with our overseas university partners. With the launch of our own industry-focused degree programmes, we will continue to be steadfast on our promise to offer quality degree programmes to our students. I am very excited that through our degree programmes, we will produce highly employable graduates imbued with the SIT DNA. Our students will be equipped with deep specialist skills to become ‘thinking tinkerers’ and strong industry advocates."
"I am confident that SIT’s Integrated Work Study Programme will help our students take off in their careers as they will have the unique opportunity to augment theory with real work experience. SIT will remain in close consultation with industry to ensure that our curriculum is continually refreshed and industry-relevant," Professor Tan added.
Please refer to the following annexes for more information:
About Singapore Institute of Technology
Established in 2009, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is an institution funded by the Ministry of Education offering undergraduate degree programmes in partnership with various reputable overseas universities. SIT has brought to Singapore some of the world’s top industry-focused degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy.
Through a unique tripartite collaboration with its overseas university partners and the five local polytechnics, SIT represents a new model that is set to become a key pillar of university education.
SIT is slated to become the fifth autonomous university in Singapore and will offer its own degree programmes from AY2014 onwards.