Nanyang Polytechnic

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Nanyang Polytechnic
Politeknik Nanyang  (Malay)
南洋理工学院 (Chinese)
Nanyang Polytechnic logo.svg
Motto The Innovative Polytechnic
Type Public
Established 1992; 26 years ago (1992)
Principal Ms Jeanne Liew
Administrative staff
Approx. 1,400
Students Approx. 15,000
Location Ang Mo Kio, Singapore
Campus 30 hectares
Nickname NYP
Nanyang Polytechnic
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
Agency executive
  • Tan Tong Hai[1], Chairman
Parent agency Ministry of Education

Nanyang Polytechnic (Abbreviation: NYP) is a polytechnic located in the precinct of Yio Chu Kang in the town of Ang Mo Kio, Singapore. As an industry-oriented alternative to a broader based junior college education, polytechnic graduates in Singapore are sought after for work or many continue to complete university degrees. In contrast to polytechnics in the United States and UK, polytechnics in Singapore admit majority of its students after secondary school which is after 10 years of formal education. Diplomas in a specialised area of study, for example Biomedical Science, are awarded after completing 3 years of studies.


Nanyang Polytechnic was established on 1 April 1992, and enrolled its first batch of students for its School of Health Sciences and School of Business Management in July 1992. The School of Engineering and the School of Information Technology was opened in July 1993.

The French-Singapore Institute, German-Singapore Institute and the Japan-Singapore Institute were transferred from the Economic Development Board to the Polytechnic in February 1993.

It originally operated from five temporary campuses (Bukit Merah: School of Business; Jurong: School of Engineering; Outram: School of Nursing; Tiong Bahru: School of Business; Yishun: School of Engineering, School of Information Technology) before moving to its permanent home in Ang Mo Kio in April 1998.

The School of Design and School of Chemical and Life Sciences was set up in November 2000, followed in November 2006 by the School of Interactive and Digital Media in November 2006.

Mr Chan Lee Mun took over as Principal and CEO in August 2007; Mr Lin Cheng Ton went on to head NYP International.

Ms Jeanne Liew took over as Principal and CEO in July 2015.

Location of NYP
Campus Centre
Nanyang Polytechnic 3, Nov 06.JPG


Spread over 305,000 square metres of land (about the size of 60 football fields), Nanyang Polytechnic is situated next to the Yio Chu Kang MRT Station. The institution houses 14 administration blocks, three blocks for recreational and student development purposes and three blocks for staff accommodation. The campus is modelled on a town-centre concept to provide the conveniences of a self-contained "Teaching and Learning City". Facilities include a fully computerised library, laboratories, a Theatre for the Arts and an auditorium. Retail outlets on campus provide a variety of academic items as well as other leisure items.

Sports facilities include track and field, adventure challenge park, gym, swimming pool, tennis court and rock-climbing walls. Badminton, table tennis, basketball and ping pong are available in the air-conditioned sports hall. An Olympic-sized swimming pool is located beside the sport hall.

Supporting centres[edit]

Foreign Language Centre
The Foreign Language Centre offers language modules to NYP students. They can choose to learn a foreign language such as French, German, Japanese, or Business Mandarin. FLC organises cultural activities, exchange programmes and overseas trips to provide the students with more exposure to the languages.

Academic schools[edit]

Nanyang Polytechnic has seven academic schools, offering a variety of courses.

Academic matters[edit]

Students are awarded a Diploma in their field after completing the course. The minimum length for courses is between three and two years. Graduating students have the option of joining the workforce or to continue education in local/overseas universities.

Diplomas with Merit are awarded to students with outstanding performance during their course of study.

In 2008, the polytechnic began a new recognition system (the Director's List) for students who excel academically.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Nanyang Polytechnic has over 50 co-curricular activities.[2] including Arts & Cultural clubs, Sports clubs, a Students' Union and Academic Clubs.


As an organisation, NYP has won many awards and recognitions. This includes:

  • 2012 - Work-Life Achiever Award
  • 2011 - Singapore Quality Award
  • 2010 - Public Service Achievement Award
  • 2009 - Innovation Excellence Award
  • 2009 - SHRI Leading HR Practices in E-Human Resource Management Award
  • 2009 - Hewitt Best Employer Award [3]
  • 2005 - BCA Green Mark Platinum Award
  • 2004 - ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Best Practices Competition (Top Award in New and Existing Building category)
  • 2001 - ISO9001:2000 Certification
  • 2000 - ISO9001 Certification
  • 1999 - ISO14001 Certification
  • 1996 - ISO9002 Certification

Student achievements[edit]

NYP has many students who have achieved successes on both a national and international level. Some accolades include:

  • 2013 - WorldSkills Leipzig (2 golds, 3 Medallion for Excellences)
  • 2012 - FIRA RoboWorld Cup (7 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze,World Record for 6-metre sprint)
  • 2012 - Champions at SLA Spatial Challenge 2012
  • 2012 - WorldSkills Singapore (21 Medals)
  • 2012 - 7 awards at Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award
  • 2012 - National InfoComm Competition Champions
  • 2010 - WorldSkills Global (Two Golds, one Bronze and three Medallions for Excellence.)


  1. ^ "Board of Governors". Nanyang Polytechnic. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "NYP CCA Listing". Nanyang Polytechnic. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
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