At SIT, we define Applied Learning as our pedagogy of choice, as it combines academic knowledge and skills with real-world applications in the industry and community. We distinguish ourselves by pioneering and championing a distinct applied degree pathway with a close nexus with industry.

Our Applied Learning framework fosters the development of in-depth, domain-specific knowledge, industry readiness and transferable skills in our graduates, integrating learning, industry, and community.

Applied Learning
- A Real-World Experience

Student-Centred Approach to Applied Learning

Applied learning requires active learning. To help our students learn actively, we have adopted a range of teaching methodologies, such as experiential learning, flipped classrooms, and problem-based learning with a real-life context.

Our curriculum and programmes are designed and developed by our academic staff, who are experts in their respective fields. They play a key role in facilitating students’ learning by providing the industry and community context. To ensure that the curriculum remains relevant to evolving industry needs, we conduct regular consultation and collaboration with the industry.

As part of their degree programmes, students undergo the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP), in which they are immersed in the real work environment of the industry for six to 12 months, integrating what they have learnt in the classroom with industry practice.

They are supported by Professional Officers with extensive industry experience, who act as coaches and mentors to students undergoing IWSP, in both their project work and career development.

Finally, peers also play an important role in applied learning. They serve as a support system by offering constructive and critical feedback to help one another learn better.

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Features of Applied Learning in SIT

‘Learning by doing' is the foundation of our applied learning pedagogy.

    Customised to bridge academic and specialised knowledge in the foundation year

    • Gain industry knowledge and industry-relevant skills in the first year of study at SIT, unlike traditional universities.

    • Build work experience by integrating your learning with real-world industry problems through IWSP and capstone projects.


    Experiential learning and comprehensive hands-on training

    • Learn actively through industry projects, laboratory sessions, and presentations.  
    • Learn through peer presentations and an exchange of constructive feedback.   
    • Receive mentoring by the best faculty and industry partners. 
    • Acquire new skills and career development guidance through in-house professional coaches.
    • Attain professional certification through training.

    Comprehensive assessment of skills relevant to real-world industry challenges

    • Gain opportunities for collaboration and reflection.  
    • Refine critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  
    • Apply theoretical knowledge to practise in different contexts.   
    • Develop the agility to react and respond appropriately to unexpected work scenarios.
    • Enhance effective communication skills for the global workplace.

    Industry-relevant curriculum in consultation with key industry leaders and professional bodies

    • Engage in multi-faceted capstone projects that combine theory and real-world practices.  
    • Solve challenging problems and create solutions for companies. 

    Applying interactive tools to collaborate and learn, both online and offline

    • Enhance learning experiences through applied and collaborative learning spaces.
    • Manage hands-on, project-based activities in teaching and makerspace laboratories. 
    • Learn through consultation with faculty and industry partners.


    Benefit from an education that integrates work and study.

    Hear it from them

    Nursing_Muhammad Syafiq Bin Jamal

    More than just compassion.

    For me, nursing unveiled the most important lessons in life, as it taught me to demonstrate a growth mindset, look for meaning in everyday life, and explore the cause-and-effect relationships of health and diseases.

    Nicole Vale

    Female role model in Civil Engineering.

    Coming from a family of engineers sparked my interest in building and construction at a very young age. I hope to be an inspiration for other females in Civil Engineering out there!

    Poovindran Pillai

    Career development is my priority.

    The future economy is moving towards automation, and we need to carefully choose our area of study to avoid being obsolete. My passion for Mechanical Engineering began 6 years ago in ITE, and SIT's Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering course seemed the best fit for me.

    Sakinah Rafiq

    Rehabilitation helped me before.

    I am pursuing Physiotherapy as a degree, as I recognise the importance of physical rehabilitation after being supported through an injury in my younger years.