Singapore Polytechnic

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Singapore Polytechnic
Politeknik Singapura  (Malay)
新加坡理工学院 (Chinese)
சிங்கப்பூர் பாலிடெக்னிக் (Tamil)
Motto Berkhidmat Dengan Keahlian
Established 1954
Type Public
Principal Tan Choon Shian
Administrative staff
Approx. 1 500
Students Approx 15 900
Location Dover, Queenstown, Singapore
Campus 38 Hectares
Nickname SP
Singapore Polytechnic
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Singapore
Agency executive
  • Bill Chang York Chye, Chairman
Parent agency Ministry of Education
Location of SP

Singapore Polytechnic (Abbreviation: SP) is the first polytechnic established in Singapore. It was founded on 27 October 1954 to provide studies, training and research in technology, science, commerce and the arts. The former campus was originally located at Prince Edward Road and was relocated to its present-day location at Dover next to Dover MRT Station in 1978. As an industry-oriented alternative to a broader based high school education, polytechnic graduates in Singapore are sought after for work or many continue to complete university degrees. In contrast to polytechnics in the USA and UK, polytechnics in Singapore admit majority of its students after middle school which is after 10 years of formal education. Diplomas in a specialized area of study, for example Biomedical Science, is awarded after completing 3 years of studies.

2010 saw Singapore Polytechnic's 50th graduation ceremony and 150,000th graduate.[1] To date, over 177,000 students have graduated from Singapore Polytechnic.

Academic Schools and Departments

Panorama of the campus

Singapore Polytechnic offers full-time diploma courses[2] and a range of continuing education programmes.[3] It has ten academic schools[4] and one academic department:

  • School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE)
  • SP Business School (SB)
  • School of Chemical and Life Sciences (CLS)
  • School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences (CASS)
  • SP Design School (SD)
  • School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT)
  • School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
  • School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (MAE)
  • School of Mathematics and Science (MS)
  • Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)
  • Department of Educational Development (EDU)


Retail and Dining[5]

Food outlets

  • 6 foodcourts
  • McDonald's
  • Yoshinoya
  • KFC
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Ya Kun Kaya
  • Subway
  • Food Haven Restaurant
  • Koufu Food Court
  • Cafe @ Moberly
  • Llao Llao

Retail Outlets

  • FRANK Store by OCBC
  • Campus Mart
  • Booklink


  • Sports Complex, with a full-length football pitch and running track
  • Swimming complex
  • 4 Tennis Courts
  • 3 Badminton Courts
  • 1 Gym
  • 3 Basketball Courts

The Sports Hub, completed in 2015 has 12 badminton courts, 2 Basketball courts, 4 Squash Courts, 1 Multipurpose Hall and 2 Volleyball Courts. Other facilities include an external rock climbing wall and 2 rooftop Tennis Courts.

Moberly is the oldest block of SP. Once a British army barracks, the building has been refurbished into a recreational hub. It contains seven pool tables (3 on level 1, four on level 2), jamming studios, karaoke rooms, a cafe and a mini museum.

Other facilities

  • The alumni clubhouse, Singapore Polytechnic Graduates Guild (SPGG), is next to the campus, and contains a bowling alley, swimming pool, pool room, a gym and a restaurant.
  • Kindergarten within the campus for children of staff.
  • Two libraries: the Main Library and the Hilltop Library.
  • Aerohub: A four-storey building that houses an aircraft hangar, laboratories and a Research & Development centre. There are 4 aircraft in the hangar: Hawker HS125-700A, King Air B90, A4SU Super Skyhawk and Bell UH-1H Helicopter.[7]

Awards and certifications

The Polytechnic has been awarded the Singapore Quality Class as well as the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. It has also won the Singapore Public Service Award for Organisational Excellence and the People Developer and Family Friendly Awards.

SP received the President's Award for the Environment in 2010.[8] Some of the key green initiatives by SP over the years included spearheading the adoption of Marina Reservoir to keep it clean and organising the Singapore International Water Festival to engage youths on environmental and water issues.

Most recently, SP won the South West Environment and Community (ECo) Award (Community Category). The award recognises exemplar efforts of organisations that have contributed to environmental and community sustainability in the district.

Scholarships and Outstanding Talent Programme

Currently, SP offers the following scholarships

  • SP Scholarship
  • SP Engineering Scholarship
  • SP-ITE Scholarship Scheme
  • SP Music & Arts Scholarship
  • SP Sports Scholarship

Singapore Polytechnic Outstanding Talent (SPOT) Programme

SPOT is a talent development and enrichment programme. All SP Scholars will automatically be placed under this programme. Other eligible students will be invited to join SPOT based on their academic results, CCA performance and lecturers' recommendation.

Direct Polytechnic Admissions (DPA)

DPA allows final-year secondary school students who have an interest in, and aptitude for, poly education, to apply for and get a confirmed place in a polytechnic course of their choice before sitting for their GCE 'O' Level exam.

JUMPSTART is an 8-week Singapore Polytechnic Preparatory Programme (PPP) for successful Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) applicants to SP.

The programme offers the DPA students a head start to poly education and student life in February/March before the formal diploma term begins in April. It comprises academic modules to enrich and build their foundation in polytechnic studies; enrichment activities and DPA bonding camp to help students develop teambuilding, networking and people skills.

Notable alumni

Tanya Chua - 3-time Best Female Vocalist Golden Melody Award-winning singer-songwriter

Taufik Batisah - Singapore Idol winner and singer

Kelly Poon - Project SuperStar winner and Mandarin pop singer

Shih Choon Fong - ex-President of National University of Singapore and Founding President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Pek Jin Shen - Hip hop artist and songwriter


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