Singapore Polytechnic unveiled a new course called Diploma in Engineering Systems (DES), on Friday, 4 January 2013, which the school said is the first of its kind in Singapore.
"DES is a departure from our "normal" engineering courses," said Tan Choon Shian, Principal, Singapore Polytechnic. "It is designed specially to nurture a new breed of engineering students who will be equipped with the knowledge and skills of inter-disciplinary engineering, engineering management and social sciences," said Tan.
Graduates from the three-year long course will be able to conceptualise, design and integrate engineering processes in large and complex systems related to verticals such as energy, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, telecommunications and transportation.
DES students will have the opportunity to learn in specially built engineering design studios instead of the normal laboratories or workshops.
Singapore Polytechnic said the studios allow students more hands-on project work. The studio-based learning will prepare students for their final-year capstone project. Working in teams, students will conduct market research and analysis, develop engineering prototypes to design a new system/process or improve an existing system/process for industry partners. The first batch of 40 DES students is expected to graduate in 2016.
The course includes industry-led modules and materials jointly developed with IBM and SMRT.
By playing the role of a partner in the course, SMRT wants to have access to fresh graduates for its workforce as the rail network in Singapore is expected to double by 2020.
"There are opportunities for career growth in the organisation, and to further their professional development with a degree programme, or becoming a professional engineer, among others," said Phan Yoke Fei, SMRT's Vice President, Human Resources and SMRT Institute. SMRT will be awarding scholarships to students for the DES course.
The diploma is also enhanced with IBM's Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME) programmes. These programmes focus on complex service systems, such as healthcare, energy grids, and transport networks systems, which are interconnected and help make cities, and the people who live in them, smarter.
"SSME's integration into various modules within DES will enable students to understand engineering systems from a social and economic view point. As such, DES graduates will be able to develop their professional career in a wide range of industrial sectors," said Foong Sew Bun, Chief Technologist and Distinguished Engineer, IBM ASEAN.
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