Ngee Ann College was inaugurated on May 25, 1963. Located at the Teochew Building on Tank Road, the College offered four-year degree courses in three main areas: language, commerce and technology.

The College became a legal independent institution governed by a Council, and started offering engineering and commerce courses at diploma level in response to popular industrial demand.

To reflect its expanded role and focus on technical education, the College changed its name to Ngee Ann Technical College.

1970s 1971
English replaced Chinese as the College’s sole medium of instruction. In April, the College welcomed its first batch of non-Chinese students.

The Business Orientation Programme was introduced to give students an insight into the working environment in industrial, commercial and other establishments.


To reflect its expanded role in providing quality education, the college’s name was changed to Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Ngee Ann). Courses were also revised to promote practical and hands-on training.

The CET Academy (then called Continuing Education Centre) was set up to provide a platform for postgraduates and working professionals to further their education and upgrade their skills.

Ngee Ann celebrated its 25th anniversary. The late president Mr. Ong Teng Cheong planted a Tembusu tree to mark the occasion. Celebrations culminated in the planting of a time capsule by Dr. Tay Eng Soon, to be unearthed in 2013.

Ngee Ann College at Tank Road

The then PM Lee at the inauguration ceremony of Ngee Ann College


Ngee Ann’s Human Resource Office started the International Fellowship and Visiting Lecturer Scheme, a move which has since attracted lecturers from UK, US, Australia, Japan, New South Wales, China and India.

The polytechnic launched Mobile e-Learning, integrating a notebook ownership scheme, a wireless campus network and an e-learning platform.


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.

Ngee Ann launched its first degree tie-up with Boston’s Wheelock College

Ngee Ann’s Solar Technology Centre


2010s 2010
Dialogue in the Dark was set up on Ngee Ann campus as an innovative training and learning facility helmed by the School of Humanities. The first-of-its-kind in Singapore, it employs the visually impaired as guides who take visitors through a journey in complete darkness.

The polytechnic also launched Ideawerkz, an innovation incubator where students’ ideas come to life. Staff and lecturers are available to mentor students.

The polytechnic set up a $1.2 million Optometry Centre to serve as an eye consultation facility to the community as well as a learning platform for Diploma in Optometry students.

To recognise talents among a greater diversity of students, two new scholarships were launched. The NP Engineering Scholarship recognises academically strong engineering students, while the NP Arts Award is for the artistically-inclined who are accomplished in an area of the arts.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies put in place a revised curriculum framework to inculcate the spirit of Innovation and Enterprise in all Ngee Ann students. The School began to offer three modules that are designed to inspire and encourage creative and innovative thinking as well as unleash students' innovative and entrepreneurial traits.

Ngee Ann officially completed its Phase 6 campus development programme to enhance its facilities for students. Two of these facilities are a new building for arts and cultural activities named Seventy3, and a revamped Sports Complex.

Dialogue in the Dark