SIT and The Glasgow School of Art Celebrate First Graduating Cohort

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Fresh from their groundbreaking inaugural Degree Show 2014 at the newly-opened SIT@TP (Singapore Institute of Technology @ Temasek Polytechnic) building, the first cohort of honours students to graduate from The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) received their degrees at a ceremony today.

About 90 students received their scrolls at a ceremony led by Professor Tom Inns, Director of the GSA, and attended by Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT and luminaries such as His Excellency, Mr Antony Phillipson, The British High Commissioner to Singapore. The students are the first recipients of the BA (Hons) Communication Design and BA (Hons) Interior Design degrees awarded by GSA as part of its collaboration with SIT.

Professor Tom Inns, Director of the GSA, said, "This is a red letter day for The Glasgow School of Art as our first cohort of Communication Design and Interior Design students graduates in Singapore. Our partnership with SIT is an important part of the GSA’s international outreach and we are looking forward to developing it further in the coming years."

 "For the students, the Degree Show is a key moment in their development as designers, serving as a showcase of their innovation and a launch pad for their professional careers. The first Degree Show in Singapore illustrated the high level of creativity of the young designers that they will now apply in their professional work. We wish them every success as they go forward."

Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT, said, "At the recent Degree Show, our students showcased their art with panache; those who visited would have sensed great passion reverberating from their work. Our students have done very well and can look forward to a bright future ahead of them in their careers."

"We have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the GSA, who clearly have a deep connection with our students’ work. As a new university, we look forward to strengthening our partnership with the GSA further, and to find new, exciting areas of cooperation to explore."

About Singapore Institute of Technology
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s new autonomous university of applied learning. It aims to be a leader in innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community.

SIT offers applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. As a new university, SIT offers its own applied degree programmes with a unique pedagogy that integrates work and study. It also offers specialised degree programmes in partnership with world-class universities.

About The Glasgow School of Art
The Glasgow School of Art was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries of Glasgow. However, the School’s lineage can be traced to 1753, when Robert Foulis established a school of art and design in Glasgow, described as “the single most influential factor in the development of eighteenth-century Scottish Art”. Today, The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines.

Our studio-based approach to research and teaching brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions. The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to addressing many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.