Singapore Institute of Technology partners five overseas universities to offer degree programmes

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will launch its first eight degree programmes with five overseas university partners from August 2010, one year ahead of schedule. Students enrolled in SIT will receive degrees from these overseas universities that are the equivalent of those awarded in their home countries. There will be about 500 places available in these eight programmes for Academic Year (AY) 2010. SIT will open for admissions on 10 Mar 2010 and welcomes polytechnic graduates to apply.

The overseas universities and the programmes offered are listed in the table below:


Overseas University



Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology


Newcastle University (NU), UK

i) Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Technology with Honours in Naval Architecture

ii) Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Technology with Honours in Marine Engineering

iii) Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Technology with Honours in Off-shore Engineering


DigiPen Institute of Technology (DigiPen), USA

i) Bachelor of Science with specialisation in Real-Time Interactive Simulation/ Game Design

ii) Bachelor of Arts with specialisation in Production Animation/ Game Design


Culinary Institute of America (CIA), USA

Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management


University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), USA

Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration

These reputable overseas university partners have been selected for their high academic standing and strong industry reputation, as well as their commitment to providing a good quality education for SIT. For instance, TUM is ranked amongst the top German universities, particularly in Engineering, and is consistently listed as one of the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education Supplement.  NU is a member of the Russell Group of UK universities and is known for its excellence in the area of marine science and technology. Offering a rigorous programme with strong industry links, DigiPen is a renowned authority in game development education. CIA is recognised and respected as a leader in culinary education, and is consistently ranked the best culinary school in the USA. Recognised as one of the top hospitality schools in the world, UNLV will provide skilled manpower for the growing hospitality industry in Singapore.

These overseas university partners will offer high quality, rigorous programmes that are industry relevant and will prepare SIT students for employment in identified growth sectors. The universities are working closely with SIT and the polytechnics to ensure that the SIT curriculum builds on the strengths of the polytechnics’ diploma curricula. SIT students will benefit from being taught by, and interacting with, faculty members from the partner universities, some of whom will be in Singapore to teach the degree programmes, alongside SITSIT will also tap on adjunct faculty, including polytechnic lecturers and industry practitioners, to enrich the learning experience for its students. SIT students will enjoy industrial attachments, internships, as well as overseas exchange programmes at the home campuses of the overseas universities.

The degree programmes will be conducted at SIT facilities located within the campuses of the polytechnics to harness synergies, for example, access to specialised engineering laboratories. Nonetheless, each polytechnic will provide a dedicated space where SIT teaching and activities will take place.

SIT Admission Exercise

SIT’s admission exercise is scheduled to open on 10 March 2010 and will close on 8 April 2010.  Interested students can apply through the SIT website at www.singaporetech.edu.sg. Applicants will undergo a holistic assessment that includes academic criteria, extra-curricular interests and the candidates’ personalWork experience will also be a key consideration. Candidates will also be assessed through interviews. For specific programmes, students may have to submit portfolios or essays.

SIT welcomes polytechnic graduates with work experience to apply, as their maturity and real-world knowledge will bring valuable perspectives into the classroom and add value to the strong industry relevance of SIT’s degree

Background on SIT

SIT was established in 2009 to provide another pathway for polytechnic graduates to obtain industry-relevant degrees. SIT plans to offer places to 2,000 full-time students at steady-state. The duration of SIT degree programmes would typically be about two years for students with the requisite qualifications. 

SIT is currently in discussion with other university partners to offer programmes in other areas. Details on these partnerships will be provided later.


Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München) is among the most highly acclaimed universities in Germany, with a strong profile in science andIt has produced 15 Nobel Prize winners and 10 recipients of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the highest German research prize. The University is one of the nine “elite schools” receiving national funding for research under the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

TUM was one of the first three German universities to be awarded the title elite university by a selection committee comprising academics and members of the Ministries of Education and Research of the Federation and the German states (Länder). This meant that the University had greater access to research funds.

TUM is consistently ranked high on ranking surveys:

TUM has strong industry collaborations with companies such as Siemens, GE, AUDI AG, BASF, Infineon, Wacker and BMW.  Many of these companies have a presence in Singapore, which allows TUM to offer programmes that have strong linkages with industry here.

In 2001, the German Institute of Science & Technology (GIST) was set up in Singapore by TUM in partnership with Singapore’s two leading universities, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  GIST offers joint postgraduate education, and is the first German academic venture abroad.

TUM currently has an enrolment of about 23,300 students, with 415 professors and 4,435 academic staff.

As part of its degree programme in SIT, TUM will offer three specialisations, namely Microelectronics, Integrated Circuit Design and Automation.


Newcastle University (NU) is a major university located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. NU currently offers over 200 undergraduate programmes in a diverse range of subject areas spanning arts, social sciences, business and law, medical sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. NU is a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading research-intensive UK universities. The University has one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK.

NU is consistently ranked in the top 20 in the UK for its research quality and student experience. The excellent teaching quality at the University was also recognised in 2005 by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for UK.

NU’s School of Marine Science and Technology is the UK’s first marine school to provide a single base for all education, innovation and research related to the sea. It is also one of the four universities in UK to offer an accredited degree in marine technology. The school conducts internationally recognised and industrially relevant research and is well-equipped with specialised facilities.

A distinctive feature of NU is its commitment to ensure the employability of itsThe University works closely with employers to offer an integrated package of opportunities and experiences for all students to develop skills attractive to them. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has found NU to have spent more time working with businesses than any other UK university.

In September 2008, NU opened its first overseas branch, a Marine International campus called NUMI Singapore. It offers a degree programme in Naval Architecture under the Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institution (Poly-FSI) initiative and is conducted on Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s campus.

NU’s marine programme is well-recognised by the industry in Singapore. NU is one of the recommended universities offering Maritime courses by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). There are about 600 NU alumni from Singapore working in different sectors of the offshore and marine industry. NU has established extensive partnership with Keppel Corporation to encourage knowledge building. The University boasts illustrious alumni from all over the world, including, from Singapore, Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Technology programme in SIT will equip graduates to recognise the use of sea and waterways for energy resources, transport and leisure, and lead the development of new solutions for sustainable marine industries.


DigiPen Corporation was founded in 1988 in Vancouver, Canada, as a computer simulation and animation company. In its early years, DigiPen established its own training and post-secondary education programme to train qualified personnel for the industry. With the rapid development of technology and an increase in the demand for DigiPen’s graduates in the industry, DigiPen developed a four-year degree programme which was approved by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) in 1996. The Bachelor of Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation was the world’s first bachelor degree dedicated to computer/ video game development.

DigiPen Institute of Technology was subsequently opened in 1998 and aims to be a world renowned institution of higher education and research in the area of interactive computer technologies.

DigiPen is ranked among the top five in the Global Gaming League, which ranks US colleges and universities in the field. DigiPen’s graduates and students have won numerous awards in national and international video game competitions, both in the student as well as professional categories.

DigiPen has also cultivated strong industry links, and its graduates are highly sought after by top game developers and publishers such as Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Lucas-Arts, Sony, Microsoft and Dreamworks. 


The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) was established in 1946 and is recognised and respected as the leader in culinary education. The Institute has consistently been ranked the best culinary school in the USA. CIA is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is an institutional accrediting agency recognised by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

CIA students spend 1,300-plus hours in the kitchen learning the skills required to succeed in the food service industry. CIA graduates have gone on to become leading chefs and restaurant owners, food and beverage managers, food service entrepreneurs and executives, media personalities, research chefs and more.

CIA’s notable alumni include Anthony Bourdain (author, chef and TV host), Roy Yamaguchi (author, restaurant owner and former TV Iron Chef), Kerry Simon (dubbed one of America's Greatest Chefs by Rolling Stone magazine, executive chef and proprietor at his namesake restaurant "Simon"), Todd English (celebrity chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur and television star) and Michael Chiarello (owner of Chiarello Family Vineyards, TV host and celebrity chef).

Today, CIA operates three campuses in the United States, located in Hyde Park (New York), NapaValley (California) and San Antonio (Texas). The school enrols more than 2,400 students in its degree programmes and employs the largest number of American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Master Chefs, with more than 160 chef-instructors and other faculty members from 16 countries. The faculty includes award-winning authors of text books, magazines and other published media.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management, which will be offered at SIT, features extensive hands-on cooking classes, a broad range of liberal arts and culinary arts management courses, and curricula that will give students the skills to analyse and understand the complex food world and prepare them for leadership positions such as executive chef, restaurateur, or food service director.


The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) has undergone an amazing transformation from a small branch college into a thriving urban research institution of 28,000 students and 3,300 faculty and staff in its 52-year history.

The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV is one of the best hotel colleges in the world, and is the top school for enrolment in the USA. It has also been consistently ranked in the top two for hospitality undergraduate programmes in the USA. The University also features the William S. Boyd School of Law, as well as strong liberal and fine arts, engineering and science programmes and numerous research centres and inter-disciplinary programs.

UNLV’s notable alumni include Scott Sibella (President of Mirage Hotel and Casino), George Maloof (Owner and CEO of The Palms Casino Resort) and Guy Fieri (Food Network star).

UNLV’s main campus houses distinctive facilities, including a 300,000 sq foot library which contains the world’s most comprehensive collection related to the history and industry of gaming, and the Science and EngineeringBuilding which contains flexible laboratory and teaching spaces, and integrated research spaces. The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration will house a for-profit hotel, restaurants and a conference centre to allow students and faculty to design, direct, and participate in advanced industry

UNLV is currently home to more than 220 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programmes, all accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The University of Nevada Las Vegas Singapore, UNLV’s first international campus, is recognised globally as a premier hospitality management programme. The first graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV Singapore graduated in June 2009 and are now employed by leading hospitality providers in Singapore, the Middle East, and throughout the ASEAN countries. During UNLV’s tenure in Singapore, close relationships with many leading hotels, restaurants, convention organisations, and of course, the upcoming Integrated Resorts, have been established.