The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is building a new campus in Punggol which will be completed by 2023, reported The New Paper.
It will be integrated with communities and industries in Singapore’s north-east region and will be the first university there.
About the size of 17 football fields, the 91,000 sq m campus sits on two plots of land and could accommodate 12,000 students once completed – way higher than the 8,000 students within the university’s distributed campuses at five polytechnics and Dover Road.
The Punggol campus will be co-located with JTC’s business park buildings within the Punggol Digital District, which would allow professionals, faculty and students to work together on projects.
The new campus will offer state-of-the-art features such as a smart network of 10,000 sensors that collect ambient light, human presence and temperature data, which will be continuously analysed to enhance work-space efficiency.
It will also be Southeast Asia’s first university to boast a micro-grid network which draws energy from different sources.
During the ground-breaking ceremony for the campus, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said SIT’s greater emphasis on practice-oriented learning is what sets it apart from the five other autonomous universities.
This was a reference to SIT’s roots in the Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institutions scheme 14 years ago, where polytechnics teamed up with a small group of foreign universities to offer niche degree programmes for graduates.
Now, SIT offers 42 degree programmes while awarding degrees under its own name.
“SIT’s model balances meeting students’ degree aspirations, while ensuring they are sought after by the industry,” said PM Lee while noting the 90 percent job rate for SIT’s graduates.