SIT plans big increase in student numbers

SIT plans big increase in student numbers
Artist’s impression of the new Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) satellite campus at Nanyang Polytechnic.

SINGAPORE - To give four in 10 Singaporeans a shot at a degree at home, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will grow its current enrolment of 3,000 to more than 10,000 by 2020.

That means doubling its annual intake of 1,500 to 3,000. To house the much bigger student body, SIT said yesterday that it was already working with relevant agencies to establish a main campus.

Its students now attend classes at polytechnics where the university's satellite campuses are being built. But SIT's president Tan Thiam Soon admitted that it has had to rethink its original plan of having satellite campuses in polytechnics and its offices headquartered in Dover Road.

He would not be drawn into revealing the possible location of the future main campus, saying that "it need not be in the western part of the island", where the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University are already located.

Last year, the Government announced plans to increase university places so that 40 per cent of any one cohort can pursue a full-time degree here, up from the current 27 per cent.

Set up in 2009 as Singapore's fifth university, SIT has 27 degree programmes which are all awarded by overseas schools like Glasgow University and the Technical University of Munich.

The two-year programmes, in fields such as chemical engineering and aerospace systems, attract mostly polytechnic upgraders, who make up about 95 per cent of the intake.

But from next year, SIT will offer its own degrees in infrastructure engineering, software engineering and accountancy.

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