Construction has started on the new 91,000 sq m campus, which covers two plots of land about the size of 17 football fields; it will have capacity for far more than the 8,000 students currently studying at the university's existing campuses.
Established in 2009, SIT works with overseas universities to jointly offer more than 40 degree programmes grouped into five clusters – Engineering (ENG), Chemical Engineering and Food Technology (CEFT), Infocomm Technology (ICT), Health and Social Sciences (HSS), and Design and Specialised Businesses (DSB). Its move to the PDD is expected to strengthen SIT's industry-focused, applied-learning model that includes its flagship work-study programme.
The SIT campus will share a site with JTC’s business park buildings in Punggol, which will give students opportunities to collaborate with industry professionals on community projects.
SIT says: "For example, new ideas conceived in SIT could be tested in PDD, bringing these ideas to the market faster. In addition, companies can tap on SIT’s applied learning and research capabilities, as well as talent pool in areas such as cybersecurity, engineering, food technology, assistive technology, allied health and hospitality.
"Students will be able to find real-world learning opportunities in industry spaces located within the campus, fostering collaboration and the exchange of ideas with industry professionals."
Several areas in the campus will be open to the public, including a Campus Boulevard with shops, restaurants, and cycle path; a community park; a 1.3-km pedestrianised Heritage Trail linking Punggol Waterway Park to the Punggol Promenade Park Connector; a waterfront Market Village; and an event plaza.
Often described as Singapore's "Silicon Valley", the Punggol Digital District is focused on growing the digital economy, and will bing together a business park, a university and community facilities. There is currently only one international school here, GIIS SMART Campus, which opened in 2018.
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