Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Singapore University of Technology and Design
新加坡科技设计大学 (Chinese)
Universiti Teknologi dan Rekabentuk Singapura  (Malay)
சிங்கப்பூர் தொழில்நுட்பம் மற்றும் வடிவமைப்பு பல்கலைக்கழகம் (Tamil)
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The university in 2015
MottoA Better World By Design
TypeAutonomous university[1]
ChancellorTony Tan
PresidentChong Tow Chong (w.e.f. 1 April 2018)
ProvostLim Seh Chun (interim)
8 Somapah Road
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1°20′28.7268″N 103°57′49.5252″E / 1.341313000°N 103.963757000°E / 1.341313000; 103.963757000Coordinates: 1°20′28.7268″N 103°57′49.5252″E / 1.341313000°N 103.963757000°E / 1.341313000; 103.963757000
ColoursWhite, black and red      
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Building 3 Location of One-stop Centre

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is the fourth autonomous university in Singapore, next to Upper Changi MRT station.


An antique Chinese pavilion donated to the University by Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan

The founding president is Thomas L. Magnanti, who is a Professor associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[2]

SUTD's collaboration with MIT covers:

  • Development of the undergraduate curriculum
  • Co-teaching of subjects by MIT faculty
  • Student exchanges
  • Recruitment and development of SUTD faculty
  • Establishment of a major co-located research center, SUTD–MIT International Design Centre (IDC)

SUTD and Zhejiang University (ZJU) also jointly partake in research collaborations to address challenges associated with the world today, in areas such as healthcare, transportation, clean energy, and the environment.


SUTD's interim campus was situated at the former ITE College Dover campus in Dover from its founding in April 2012 until December 2014. Its permanent campus, which opened in January 2015, is located near the Changi Business Park, and is served by Upper Changi Station on the Downtown MRT Line.[3] As of 2018, it is the only university to be located in the eastern part of Singapore. Through an open selection process, SUTD appointed DP Architects Pte. Ltd., in collaboration with UNStudio from Amsterdam, to design the academic cluster of its permanent campus in Upper Changi.


Undergraduate programmes[edit]

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been developing an undergraduate curriculum suited to the local context since the two universities signed the collaboration agreement in January 2010. The curriculum offers a modern engineering and architecture education that crosses traditional departments enabling students to finish eight terms in three and a half years, which is faster than other Singapore autonomous universities. SUTD provides a common curriculum for all students in the first three terms (also referred to as "freshmore" terms). This foundation curriculum requires students to take mandatory classes in the Sciences, Mathematics, Design Thinking, Programming, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS). The Sciences requirement in the common curriculum comprises two semesters of physics, two semesters of calculus, one semester of chemistry, and one semester of biology. The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) requirement consist of eight semesters of classes in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, including three semesters of common HASS classes. From term 4 onwards, students specialize in one of the four pillars of study: Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD), Engineering Product Development (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) or Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD). Beyond the core subjects, all students have to undertake two 16-week internships, which could include exchange trips to MIT or ZJU.

In their final two semesters, students will also have to complete a capstone project that is a confluence of multiple SUTD pillars. In an actual design situation, crucial projects span multiple disciplines and are too large to be completed by one person. It is with this in mind that students are required to participate in an integrative capstone project in the senior year.

Graduate programmes[edit]

A two-year full-time MIT–SUTD Dual master's degree programme will be offered in collaboration with MIT to talented graduates with a keen interest in research in one of the following areas: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Supply Chain Management, or Engineering in Manufacturing. Graduate opportunities also include the SUTD Ph.D. Programme. Candidates will spend up to one year in the United States, and the other year in Singapore, receiving master's degrees from both MIT and SUTD.[4]

With MIT, SUTD has launched joint postgraduate programmes to jump-start research at the university. The Ph.D. programme has a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative research and is enhanced by opportunities for industry internships, overseas research attachments, and teaching experience. The initial intake in 2012 included ten post-doctoral researchers. Post-doctorate fellows spend one year at MIT and then another year at SUTD where they conduct research and teach.[5]

Academic pillars[edit]

Fused deposition modelling 3D printers in one of SUTD's laboratories
SUTD Library

Research initiatives[edit]

SUTD–MIT International Design Centre[edit]

The International Design Centre (IDC) is based both in Singapore at SUTD, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at MIT, with academic and industrial partners from around the world. The IDC has more than a hundred projects that involve approximately 270 faculty, researchers and students.

IDC is part of a collaboration agreement between SUTD and MIT.[6]

A bust of the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities

Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities[edit]

The Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKY CIC) is one of the research centers in SUTD.

SUTD–JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre[edit]

The SUTD–JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation (I3) Centre was set up to spearhead research efforts in design, architecture, engineering, and social science.

iTrust Research Centre[edit]

iTrust is a multidisciplinary research center which was established collaboratively by SUTD and the Ministry of Defence. The focus of iTrust is on cybersecurity. Systems of interest include large infrastructure of national importance (such as power grids, water treatment plants and oil refineries) as well as cyber-devices used in healthcare, including pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pumps and vagus nerve stimulation implants.


O-Lab comprises academics and practitioners interested in understanding and enhancing design practices.

Temasek Labs at SUTD[edit]

Temasek Labs at SUTD (TL@SUTD) undertakes research and development. The current focus is on areas of defense system design and development, such as unmanned systems, information systems, soldier systems, and engineering systems.

TL@SUTD complements the work that is currently undertaken at the DSO National Laboratories, NUS, NTU, and other research establishments.

City Form Lab[edit]

The City Form Lab (CFL) is an urban design research group led by a group of architects, city planners, spatial analysts, programmers, sociologists, and artists.[7] It was founded by Andres Sevtsuk at MIT in 2010 as the City Form Research Group, and moved to SUTD in fall 2011. The lab develops software tools for researching urban form and land use patterns.[8]

The previous Headquarters of the Institute of Technical Education at Dover, Singapore was the site of the interim campus for SUTD

CFL's recent projects include the open-source Urban Network Analysis Toolbox for ArcGIS,[8] the SUTD Gridshell Pavilion,[9] samples of urban fabric in Bugis and Punggol in Singapore, and the exhibit at the 2013 Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

Organisation Structure[edit]

Board of Trustees[edit]

The current Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Lee Tzu Yang"PSC | Lee Tzu Yang". Retrieved 15 October 2019.</ref>[10]

Members of the Board[edit]

  • Choo Chiau Beng
  • Charles Ormiston
  • Lai Wei Lin
  • Lui Pao Chuen
  • Tai Lee Siang
  • Ronny Tan
  • Cordelia Chung
  • Low Sin Leng
  • Fidah Alsagoff
  • Ong Peng Tsin
  • Lim Siong Guan
  • Quek Gim Pew
  • Robert Chew
  • Lim Kang Song
  • Tan Min Lan
  • Ramlee Bin Buang

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Post-secondary education". Ministry of Education, Singapore. Ministry of Education, Singapore. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  2. ^ "4th university named as Singapore University of Technology and Design". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Campus Life: A Campus Built for Interaction and Collaboration: East Coast Campus". Singapore University of Technology and Design. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) at Changi, Singapore: Transportation Engineering and Logistics & Supply Chain Management Education". Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ Tracy Quek (13 September 2010). "Joint postgrad programme". The Straits Times. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  6. ^ Jeremy Koh (25 January 2010). "New International Design Centre to be established at SUTD". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  7. ^ Carolyn Y. Johnson (3 October 2011). "A new toolbox for urban analysis: Researchers look to new data, tools to better plan successful cities". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b Michael J. Coren (8 September 2011). "MIT's free urban planning software will help build the cities of the future". Fast Company. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014.
  9. ^ "SUTD Library Pavilion by City Form Lab". Dezeen. 15 June 2013. Archived from the original on 18 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Lee Tzu Yang". SUTD Board of Trustees.

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