'Design' your own curriculum at SUTD

'Design' your own curriculum at SUTD
Prof Huang, seen here with students on the campus, was chosen from a list of about a dozen candidates from around the world.

Singapore's fourth university is giving its undergraduates more flexibility to "design" their own curriculums.

Professors at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) said on Friday that the unusual move to let their students choose 13 of the 32 courses forming their bachelor degrees will help them in the real world.

The first batch of 340 second-year students started to make their choices last month, basing their decisions on their interests and subjects they believed could help them in their fields.

For instance, an architecture student can take an engineering or product design course.

Second-year student Javier Su, 22, who is majoring in information systems technology and design, decided to take a sociology elective this term.

"It helps me understand how people work," he said. "It reminds me that as engineers we should go beyond functionality to design for people."

After completing common courses in sciences and humanities, the students began studying one of four "pillars" last month.

These are: architecture and sustainable design, engineering product development, engineering systems and design, and information systems technology and design.

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