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Singapore: ‘Govt committed to invest in practice-oriented universities’

The government is committed to invest in practice-oriented universities with strong industry links, such as the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

Minister of State for Education Lawrence Wong said the expansion of the university sector should be done by creating innovative university models with a strong teaching focus and applied orientation, rather than by expanding existing research-intensive universities. Mr Wong was speaking at the unveiling ceremony of SIT’s new distributed campus design.

The institute is adopting a new model of campus design by siting its distributed campuses at the five polytechnics. The campuses will carry distinctive design features characteristic of SIT on their facades while blending into the polytechnic campus grounds.

SIT President Prof Tan Chin Tiong said having a distributed campus model is a break from tradition for tertiary campus spaces. The campuses will likely be completed by 2014, with groundbreaking ceremonies expected to take place in July and August. The five campuses will house different facilities depending on the courses offered in partnership with the polytechnics.

Mr Wong said: “In this way, SIT can leverage on the resources in the polytechnics, such as laboratory facilities or training equipment, as well as the existing industry links by the polytechnics and their faculty. These new buildings will also add to SIT’s capacity and allow it to expand further.”

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