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​Top NTU engineering programme ties up with Canada’s University of British Columbia as its fourth overseas partner

Published on: 11-May-2017

Photo caption: NTU’s Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) students looking forward to their year-long study at Canada’s University of British Columbia in September.​

Renaissance Engineering Programme students can now choose a year of study at University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley, Imperial College London or Northwestern University

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has made its flagship programme, the Renaissance Engineering Programme even more attractive, tying up with Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) as its fourth partner.

The Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) is the No. 1 engineering programme in Singapore. A dual-degree programme that blends engineering with business and humanities, students graduate with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in 4.5 years.

One of the key features of REP is that students get to choose to study at a top overseas university in their third year. Besides UBC in Vancouver, the other three universities they can choose from are Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, and University of California, Berkeley and Northwestern University in the United States.

They will also do their internship in leading companies in the United States, Europe or United Kingdom.

Professor Kam Chan Hin, NTU Deputy Provost (Education), said, “The University of British Columbia is known for its technology-enabled teaching and innovative learning methods which brings about a strong sense of engagement between the faculty and students. 

“UBC’s uniqueness lies in its strong cross-disciplinary collaboration which is a good match with the broad-based, inter-disciplinary nature of the Renaissance Engineering Programme. The addition of UBC will provide students an opportunity to study in another top international city Vancouver, other than the current choices in San Francisco, Chicago and London.”

“We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with NTU, one of the world’s great universities,” said Dr Marc Parlange, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science. “UBC shares NTU’s belief in the importance of exposing students to different cultures, perspectives and experiences, and we look forward to helping shape the next generation of global engineering leaders.”    

Like NTU, the University of British Columbia is known for its strengths in engineering and in research. UBC has produced seven Nobel Prize winners from its faculty and alumni. 

The two universities also have a joint research centre – the NTU-UBC Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly (LILY) – which focuses on designing computing technologies for the elderly so they can enjoy an active and independent lifestyle. REP students will get to participate in projects under this joint centre.

The addition of University of British Columbia to REP’s list of university partners further enhances its appeal as the most popular engineering programme among A level students. 

One of the world’s most liveable cities, Vancouver is also described as a new tech hub with world-class talent, hosting major industry players such as Microsoft and Amazon.  

Joel Ang, 23, one of six REP students who will be heading to UBC this September, said, “For someone who specialises in mechanical engineering like myself, I am drawn to the hands-on learning experience that UBC offers. This overseas exchange will lay the foundation for cross-cultural appreciation and global perspectives, on top of the practical technical skills that will be crucial for me in the future. And lastly, what’s not to love about having mountains in the backyard?”

REP student Ang Yang, 23, said he chose UBC too as it is known as a global centre for research and teaching, has a vibrant student life, with one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. 

“I am specialising in Computer Science and hope to take on interesting computer science modules, among others, whilst in UBC, especially since it is ranked among the global top 25 universities in this field. I am also interested in its makers culture and plan to pick up some tech-based DIY skills at UBC.” 

Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit

As a new study destination for the Renaissance Engineering Programme, the University of British Columbia will lend support to NTU’s goal to nurture students to be engineering leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Professor Gan Chee Lip, Director of the Renaissance Engineering Programme, said: “Through overseas exposure and a rigorous curriculum, we aim to ignite our students’ creativity and develop a global mindset in them. We also offer platforms for our students to hone their entrepreneurial and innovation skills. For example, we started the MakeItWork initiative this year to give more support to REP students who wish to turn their ideas into real, problem solving inventions.”  

Under this initiative run by REP student interest group Makers’ Lab, students from the programme can get 60 per cent of their project costs subsidised. They can also pick up basic skills from educational workshops or talks organised by Makers’ Lab.

Five projects have been approved thus far and they include a quadcopter and a sous vide machine for cooking eggs. 

One of the projects, a Braille KeyGlove which aims to let the visually-impaired type with just one glove, won the third prize in Designathon 2017, a competition organised by DesignCouncil Singapore to encourage design solutions for persons with disabilities. 


Media contact:

Ang Hui Min
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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