27 March 2012
The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and current overseas university partner the University of Glasgow (UOG) officially signed two new aerospace-related degree programmes today. The SIT-UOG partnership started in 2011 when it launched degree programmes in Mechanical Design Engineering and Mechatronics. SIT’s current degree offerings with UOG are summarised in the following table:
|Degree Programmes Offered||Partner Polytechnic|
i) Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering (new)
ii) Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems (new)
iii) Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering
iv) Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics
|Ngee Ann Polytechnic|
The new programmes are already available for application in SIT’s admission exercise and will commence in this Academic Year 2012/13. All four programmes are taught over two Honours years, with the summer vacation spent in Glasgow.
Following SIT’s recent announcement in January this year to further expand its degree offerings, an SIT-UOG-SP Signing Ceremony was held to commemorate the furthering of SIT’s partnership with UOG and to officially launch the aerospace-related degree programmes.
Besides launching the new degree offerings, Professor Tan Chin Tiong, President, SIT also announced the possibility of offering a new degree programme in Computing Science with UOG in 2013. Professor Tan said, “Last year , we began our partnership with UOG to offer Mechanical Design Engineering and Mechatronics to polytechnic graduates. This year, we are offering another two degree programmes in Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Systems. And we are not done – next year we are exploring Computing Science as a possible degree offering. We are also exploring collaboration on applied research. SIT and UOG enjoy a solid partnership and it is SIT’s privilege to work with one of the world’s ancient universities to bring more choices to our students. Both sides have worked tirelessly to cement this partnership and I am proud that the results of our labour are taking off.
Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow said: “By providing these new programmes in Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Systems, in addition to our existing Mechanical Engineering programmes, we hope to produce the highly-qualified graduates required by Singapore’s growing aviation sector. We will also play a role in helping the Singapore Government achieve its goal of having 30% of students in university education by 2015.”
Hot on the heels of the Singapore Airshow 2012, key aerospace industry leaders such as ST Aerospace and RSAF have already pledged their support for SIT’s new degree programmes by offering scholarships and industry sponsorships to SIT’s incoming Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Systems students.
SIT Admission Exercise
SIT’s admission period has been extended to 1 April 2012. Interested students can apply via the SIT website at SingaporeTech.edu.sg. SIT takes a holistic approach in assessing applicants, taking into consideration academic results, extra-curricular interests and the candidate’s passion and personal qualities. Relevant work experience will also be considered and all shortlisted applicants will be assessed through interviews. For specific programmes, students may also have to submit portfolios or essays.
About Singapore Institute of Technology
SIT was established by the Ministry of Education in 2009 to offer undergraduate degree programmes primarily for polytechnic graduates. 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 also adopts a distributed campus model to allow greater synergy and efficiency. Through this model, SIT’s degree programmes will be housed within an SIT building in each of the polytechnics to cater to an intake of at least 2000 full-time students per academic year by 2015.
University of Glasgow
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow (UOG) is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is in the top 1% of universities in the world. UOG is a member of the distinguished Russell Group, comprising the United Kingdom’s 20 leading research-intensive universities, and is also a founding member of Universitas 21 – a network of universities established as an international reference point and resource for strategic thinking on issues of global significance. UOG’s students graduate equipped with the skills they need to compete in a global workplace, and with friendships and networks that last a lifetime. Associated with seven Nobel Laureates and boasting alumni like Adam Smith, Lord Kelvin and James Watt, UOG sustains a broad portfolio of leading-edge research funded by industry, research councils and governmental agencies.