SUTD sets aside multi-million dollar budget to better prepare graduates for the future economy
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) has set aside a multi-million dollar budget to spearhead its next phase of growth, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) to develop a suite of integrated, multi-disciplinary programmes in key economic sectors over the next five years. These programmes will further enhance SUTD’s education and research offerings, allow SUTD to better prepare its graduates for the future economy, and support national growth priorities. These programmes will leverage SUTD’s unique Technology and “Big D” Design approach, where students are involved in technically grounded designs related products, processes, services, and systems. They are designed to tighten the integration between research, education, and industry to develop multi-faceted skills and a holistic understanding of the sectors that students will enter.
These initiatives go beyond the existing robust technology and design curriculum, and overseas programmes that SUTD offers. They will include research collaborations to develop state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities to support industry transformation, in-depth faculty-staff learning and training exchanges, co-development of specialised, skills-based courses, access to advanced facilities and equipment for teaching, learning, and research, and enhanced internship and mentorship programmes focusing on job placements, innovation and entrepreneurship.
To design and implement these programmes, SUTD will be establishing strategic collaborations with industry, government, and academia in four key areas – Healthcare, Cities, Artificial Intelligence/Data Science, and Aviation.
For example, with the Healthcare sector, as a start, SUTD will be expanding its partnership with the Changi General Hospital to develop more specialised undergraduate programmes in healthcare-related disciplines, and provide more incubation and test-bedding opportunities to facilitate research, innovation, and enterprise efforts, especially in the medical technologies start-up cluster. Students will explore research innovations such as healthcare product/equipment design, automated drug dispensing and delivery systems, optimisation of hospital layout and processes, robotic surgery, and more. In addition, SUTD has entered into a partnership with Duke-NUS Medical School, to offer an SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track to nurture future clinicians who are adept at both practising medicine and harnessing technological advancements across disciplines to impact healthcare. Students on this track will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science degree at SUTD after 3½ years, after which they can go on to obtain a Doctor of Medicine degree at Duke-NUS Medical School subject to acceptance criteria.
Through such partnerships, students are expected to gain deeper real-life knowledge and experience of working in these industries, more research and development exposure, and more internship opportunities with both local and overseas companies, and ultimately better career prospects. SUTD Chairman, Mr Lee Tzu Yang said, “SUTD’s next phase will tightly integrate education, research, innovation and enterprise. It will also build on our robust technology and design curriculum to meet the future needs of industry and government. We will greatly widen our current level of collaborations beyond the current 700 companies for projects and student internships. Our aim is that every SUTD graduate is not just ready for the future economy but will create the future through technology and design.”