SINGAPORE — A link bridge five storeys above a park and 10,000 sq m of solar panels on roof tops.
These are among the designs of the Singapore Institute of Technology’s (SIT) new centralised campus in Punggol, which was unveiled on Tuesday (10 September).
The groundbreaking ceremony for the campus was officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday morning.
The campus, which will be completed by 2023, will take up about 91,000 sq m of land over two plots. It will provide a total gross floor area of about 240,000 sq m.
The SIT Punggol campus will be able to accommodate 12,000 students - nearly twice its current capacity across its distributed campuses.
SIT, which was established in 2009, currently has six campuses. The main campus of the autonomous university is in Dover.
SIT president Tan Thiam Soon said, “SIT’s role is to provide an applied learning pathway for young Singaporeans, in particular polytechnic graduates, to harness their aspirations.
“At steady rate, SIT will have an annual intake of over 3,000 undergraduates and will play a key role in meeting the government’s target of 40 per cent cohort participation rate by 2020,” he added.
The location of the new campus near JTC’s buildings will allow students, faculty and industry professionals to collaborate on projects, SIT said in a press release.
Companies can tap on SIT’s talent pool in areas such as cybersecurity, engineering, food technology, and allied health and hospitality, the university added.
“Students will be able to find real-world learning opportunities in industry spaces located within the campus, fostering collaboration and the exchange of ideas with industry professionals,” SIT said.
The new campus will also have Southeast Asia’s first Multi-Energy Micro-Grid (MEMG), as part of a research venture between SIT and SP Group. The MEMG will see about 10,000 sq m of photovoltaic solar panels installed on the buildings’ roof tops.
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