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Singapore Institute of Technology to get new campus in Punggol: PM Lee

THE Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), which now operates from an interim campus at Dover with satellite branches in each of the five polytechnics, will move to a new home in Punggol.

This was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally on Sunday, with the varsity set to be integrated into the new Punggol Downtown and the Housing Board's upcoming Northshore District.

The community will also get to make use of SIT's facilities such as classrooms, workshops and its multi-purpose hall.

He also shared that JTC, the national developer of industrial infrastructure, would build a creative industry cluster across the road from SIT's new home

SIT, Singapore's fifth autonomous university, was set up in May 2009 to offer more degree opportunities to polytechnic graduates. It provides applied-learning pathways for students who prefer more hands-on learning.

The institution intends to increase its undergraduate intake to 3,500 in 2020, up from about 2,000 this year. SIT currently offers 36 degree programmes, including 27 delivered in partnership with ten overseas universities such as the Technical University of Munich and Digipen Institute of Technology.

Mr Lee did not reveal exactly when SIT's new centralised campus would be ready. When contacted, an Education Ministry spokesperson told The Business Times that plans for the permanent campus were still being worked out and details would be announced at a later date.