SIT Offers Singapore's First Dietetics and Nutrition and Air Transport Management Degrees in AY2019
New Undergraduate Programmes Cater to Industry Demand and Offer Students Specialised Pathways
26 December 2018 – In line with its mission to groom well-equipped talent for growth industries and, in particular, for the healthcare and aviation sectors, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will launch two new degree programmes in Academic Year 2019/2020 – the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Dietetics and Nutrition, as well as the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Air Transport Management. These are the first of such undergraduate programmes to be offered by an Autonomous University in Singapore.
Additionally, a new agreement between SIT and the University of Glasgow (UofG) will see the provision of three additional joint degrees in AY2019/2020, with both universities co-developing and co-teaching the curricula. The three programmes will focus on emerging technologies that will not only address the challenges, but also reshape business models and strategies in the engineering and ICT sectors.
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Dietetics and Nutrition
Dietetics and Nutrition,BSc (Hons)
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Air Transport Management
Air Transport Management, BSc (Hons)
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Engineering – joint degree programme offered by SIT and University of Glasgow
Aerospace Engineering, BEng (Hons)
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science – joint degree programme offered by SIT and University of Glasgow
Computing Science,BSc (Hons)
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Engineering – joint degree programme offered by SIT and University of Glasgow
Mechanical Engineering, BEng (Hons)
Demand for Dietitians in Singapore
The current health trends in Singapore indicate an increasing incidence of diet-related chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported a 56% increase in demand for dietitians in acute care from 2010 to 2015. Currently, the only way to achieve a recognised dietetics academic qualification is through an overseas degree. SIT’s new Dietetics and Nutrition degree programme aims to address the lack of a specialised undergraduate dietetics degree in Singapore.
Developed in close consultation with chief dietitians from Singapore’s three major public healthcare clusters, the four-year Bachelor degree programme will provide students with evidence-based theoretical knowledge, research skills, and industry-relevant practical experience across all domains of dietetics practice. This will enable aspiring dietitians to apply their skills in managing medical conditions, disease prevention and health promotion.
The pioneer intake will commence classes in September 2019. As part of SIT’s applied learning pedagogy, students will undergo a 32-week clinical practice education with various public and private healthcare institutions throughout their curriculum.
Dr Lim Su Lin, Chief Dietitian & Senior Assistant Director, Dietetics Department, National University Hospital, said: “Dietetics combines the scientific knowledge of health, disease, food and nutrition, and the art of applying human psychology and communication to translate clinical information and advice to patients. There definitely is a growing need for dietitians on the back of the challenges posed by the increasing ageing population. Dietitians are key members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team in a hospital. They assess patients and implement specific nutritional interventions in relation to their medical conditions. This programme is timely in the absence of an academic degree locally. We are excited about SIT’s collaborative and consultative approach in engaging dietitians from various healthcare organisations to develop the aims, learning outcomes and curriculum framework for this specialised degree.”
Professor Loh Han Tong, Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, SIT, commented: “We are pleased to add the Dietetics and Nutrition degree to our health sciences offerings. Students will develop skills to be critical-thinkers and have opportunities to learn alongside dietitians who are active practitioners in real-life clinical settings. Through theoretical and clinical education recommended by international professional dietetics organisations, graduates will be well prepared for the role of an entry-level professional dietitian.”
Skilled Air Transport Professionals for Aviation Transformation
With the development of Changi Airport Terminals 4 and 5, manpower needs in the aviation sector are projected to increase till 2035. To strengthen the pipeline of skilled aviation professionals in order to meet future manpower demand in the expanding aviation industry, SIT will launch the first and only Air Transport Management degree programme in Singapore. The curriculum for the three-year programme has been developed in close partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and aviation companies.
Covering operations, management and business aspects of the air transport industry, the programme will train students to become skilled practitioners in airports, airlines, ground handling agencies as well as aviation consultancy firms. Students will undergo an eight-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP), a signature feature of SIT-conferred degrees, in their third year. The work attachment will see students actively apply theoretical knowledge to solve problems and gain first-hand industry experience in air transport-related companies.
“SIT’s new degree programme in Air Transport Management will help expand the air transport manpower pipeline, and enhance job-readiness of students and job-seekers looking to join the sector. The programme is designed in partnership with CAAS, to ensure relevance to the industry’s needs. Graduates of the programme may consider careers in the air transport sector, as well as at CAAS,” said Mr Ho Yuen Sang, Director (Aviation Industry), CAAS.
Strengthening Partnership with UofG to Boost Talent Pipeline in Engineering and ICT Sectors
A new collaboration agreement between SIT and University of Glasgow (UofG) will see the roll out of three SIT-UofG joint degrees to cater to demand for engineers and ICT professionals with qualifications and skills beyond their core areas.
The joint degree in Aerospace Engineering is a three-year degree programme which aims to equip students with application-oriented training in aerospace engineering in Singapore’s context, with an emphasis on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications. It will also be the first aerospace undergraduate programme that specialises in unmanned systems, a fast-growing area in Singapore’s aviation and aerospace sector.
Designed to support the government’s initiative to transform Singapore into a Smart Nation, the joint degree in Computing Science is the first computing programme offered by an Autonomous University in Singapore that specialises in the Internet of Things (IoT). The three-year programme encompasses a broad-based curriculum which combines knowledge from IoT, software engineering, data analytics, cyber security and machine learning.
The Mechanical Engineering degree programme provides two specialisation tracks, namely in Design and Mechatronics. The Design specialisation focuses on the concepts of digital manufacturing and design, while the Mechatronics specialisation trains students in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) used for automation and robotics, unmanned systems, and co-bot design.
All SIT-UofG joint degrees will feature the eight-month IWSP where students will work and train in companies related to their specialisation, to develop deep specialist skills in their chosen field. In addition, students are required to complete the Overseas Immersion Programme in Glasgow, United Kingdom to gain cross-cultural awareness on industry best practices.
SIT Admissions Exercise and Open House 2019
For AY2019/2020, SIT will offer 42 degree programmes, of which 14 are SIT’s own degree programmes, 15 are joint degree programmes and 13 are overseas university programmes.
SIT’s admissions period for AY2019/2020 is from 11 January to 19 March 2019. 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.
The SIT Open House will be held at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 3, from 12 to 13 January 2019. Prospective students will have the opportunity to speak to lecturers, staff and students on-site to find out more about SIT’s degree offerings, financial assistance schemes and scholarships available, as well as receive career advice. Representatives from the various student clubs and societies will also give interested applicants a glimpse of the vibrant student life awaiting them.
About Singapore Institute of Technology
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s university of applied learning. It aims to be a leader in innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community as part of its unique pedagogy. Partnering world-class universities, SIT offers applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. SIT also aims to cultivate in its students four distinctive traits, or the SIT-DNA, which will prepare them to be ‘thinking tinkerers’, who are ‘able to learn, unlearn and relearn’, be ‘catalysts for transformation’ and finally, become ‘grounded in the community’.
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