Polytechnic education is an ‘in’ thing now! A wide range of Diploma courses draw students who now have a choice of 9 cluster programmes.
Singapore’s five polytechnics namely, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Republic Polytechnic (RP), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) now offer a variety of courses in different fields which lead students to careers that cater to the demands of the growing industries in Singapore.
It has become a choice destination for students from the O level and N level cohort, integrated programmes (IP), as well Institute of Technical Education. Traditionally Junior Colleges were the de-facto option for students with good O level grades and students from IP. Now the exotic range of programmes offered at the polytechnics attract students who are able to specialise with courses that offer a direct diploma in the chosen field.
Polytechnics now equipped with excellent facilities and state-of-the-art resources, providing an environment conducive to learning. Students also enjoy the enhanced image and branding of these institutes offering courses directly to a diploma. The campus includes fully computerised library, industry standard laboratories, modern lecture halls, well equipped tutorial rooms and comprehensive range of sports and recreational activities.
Polytechnics engage industry experts and qualified professionals from the relevant industries to be part of the teaching force. Staffed by lecturers with working experience from the education sector, the educators here bring a wealth of teaching and industry experience to the classrooms. Aware of the students’ needs and industry knowledge, these professionals ensure the students here qualify with the best training and experience in the chosen field.
One of the features of polytechnic education is the strong emphasis on practice-based learning. Work attachments with industry partners are part of the curriculum and can vary in duration from six weeks to six months or longer for selected courses. These work attachments will enable you to gain valuable on-the-job experience and provide you with opportunities to work with industry experts.
In addition to academic knowledge, the Polytechnics also emphasize the acquisition of certain important life skills. These are the key skills of communication and presentation as well as problem-solving skills. These are intended to develop the students’ confidence and critical faculties which are necessary if they are to be effective participants in society. Students will also learn to develop original and creative thinking and to behave as responsible young adults.