Ngee Ann became the first polytechnic in Singapore to introduce a talent development programme to prepare high calibre students for their career and future studies.
The Polytechnic also unveiled the Lifestyle Library, the first library in a tertiary institution to provide a relaxing environment, with non-academic books, magazines, cable TV, Internet access, CDs and DVDs for the enjoyment of our students.
Ngee Ann became the first polytechnic in Singapore to implement a broad-based interdisciplinary approach to education by introducing interdisciplinary studies into the curriculum.
The Office for Innovation and Enterprise (IE) (then called Innohub) was formed to offer industry partners consultancy services and showcase the Polytechnic’s technological expertise. It launched the EnterpriZe! Scheme to help enterprising students commercialise their products and business ideas.
Important strides were made overseas as the Polytechnic collaborated with Zhejiang University City College to provide Diploma in Chinese Studies students with the chance to go on a China immersion programme.
The School of Engineering also launched the Common First Year Pathway Programme that allows new students to choose their Engineering discipline after a semester of taking common engineering modules.
Ngee Ann also launched a degree tie-up with renowned Boston's Wheelock College to offer its students direct path to a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership, the first-of-its-kind in Singapore.
Ngee Ann launched a $1 million Solar Technology Centre. Partly funded by the Economic Development Board, the Centre serves as a hotbed for applied research and student projects on solar technology.
A $7.6 million Environmental and Water Technology Centre of Innovation was officially opened in July. The applied research facility helps small and medium enterprises develop commercially-viable products and solutions in the areas of water and wastewater treatment and management, waste management, pollution control, and clean energy.
Singapore’s fourth specialised independent school - the School of Science and Technology (SST) - signed an MOU with Ngee Ann and Nanyang Technological University in March to tap on both partners’ expertise in developing enrichment programmes for its students. The MOU covers cooperation in the areas of curriculum, facilities and student development.