As Singapore's newly minted autonomous university, the Singapore Institute of Technology needs to carve out its own identity to stand out, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Friday at the graduation of its third cohort.
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Here is an excerpt of Minister Heng's speech:
With this new autonomy, SIT will need to define your identity and positioning in order to stand out in our university landscape.
When a prospective student looks to SIT, he needs to think, I have faith that SIT will build on my particular strengths, interests and learning style - SIT can help me reach my aspirations.
When an employer looks to an SIT graduate, he needs to think, I have faith that this SIT graduate has the unique training and aptitudes that will fit well with, and allow him to thrive in, my company.
To achieve this, SIT needs to have the discipline to align all your practices and processes towards delivering this SIT X-factor.
It is work in progress now, which means there is a lot of room for experimentation and innovation. I am glad to see that SIT is already shaping up in distinctive ways.
I would like to take this occasion to encourage SIT to move forward with a focus on 3 elements:
- Focus on real world applications
- Focus on innovation
- Focus on life skills