SST Students to Benefit from NTU, NP Partnership
Students at the upcoming School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) can look forward to enrichment programmes developed by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP). SST signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NTU and NP on 3 March 2009, which covers cooperation in the areas of curriculum, facilities and student development, which will complement the school’s plan to offer its students a more creative applied learning environment.
In addition, underscoring SST’s emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, the school’s Board of Directors includes distinguished entrepreneurs and members of industry. The Board will be led by Dr Su Guaning, President of NTU.
Key areas of collaboration under the MOU
SST will collaborate with NTU and NP in the following areas:
i. Creating a whole-school applied learning environment
NTU and NP will provide input on SST’s design and operations so as to create an immersive environment that enhances applied learning. For instance, NTU and NP will advise SST on the setting up of specialised laboratories that will enable students to draw connections between concepts taught in classrooms and real-world applications.
NP will also train SST teachers in applied learning pedagogy, and develop and deliver new Applied Subjects for SST in the areas of design and media studies, biotechnology and environmental technology.
ii. Developing entrepreneurship programmes
NTU and NP will develop programmes on entrepreneurship for SST students. As NTU has partnered the US-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which is widely known as the world's largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship, it is thus well positioned to extend activities centred on innovation and entrepreneurship to SST students, offering them a chance to network with youths from other parts of the world.
iii. Mentoring students and sharing facilities
SST students will be mentored by lecturers from NTU and NP, who will partner SST staff in guiding the students in research and school projects. Students will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities at both institutions.
iv. Extending local and global student programmes
SST students can broaden their learning by enrolling in NTU and NP’s enrichment programmes. These include workshops, residential school camps and advanced modules in the area of science and technology that will be specially designed for them. NP will also extend its overseas programmes, leadership training and a wide range of co-curricular activities to SST students.
SST Board of Directors
The BOD will provide strategic direction and guidance in steering SST to become a premier school of choice for top students with an interest in applied learning. Please see Annex A for the full list of the BOD.
SST’s Location and Admission
SST will welcome its first batch of students in January 2010 at its holding site at Clementi Avenue 6, the former Clementi North Primary School, which is being refurbished. SST will move into its permanent site at the junction of Clementi Road and Commonwealth Avenue West in January 2012.
Given its specialised curriculum, SST will select all its students under the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise starting this June 2009. The School will admit up to 200 students for its first Secondary 1 intake.
Interested students and their parents can visit SST’s Open House at Clementi Avenue 6 on 23 May 09 (Saturday) and 25 May 09 (Monday). For more information on the SST and its Open House, please visit its website at http://www.sst.edu.sg.