The history of Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) could be traced back to 1963, when it started out as Ngee Ann College. Its founder, Ngee Ann Kongsi, had envisioned setting up a quality educational institution to link the Chinese-speaking community to its cultural roots during the colonial-rule era. The College had since morphed into a full-fledged polytechnic, a public institution overseen by an independent Council. Five decades on, the Polytechnic has become a leading institution of higher learning, anchored on its core strengths of pioneering a broad-based and holistic learning approach, forging strategic alliances and providing enriching overseas experiences to prepare its students for a global workplace. The transformation of Ngee Ann Polytechnic has been a spectacular one, as evident in the key milestones recorded here.
To reflect its expanded role and focus on technical education, the College changed its name to Ngee Ann Technical College.The College moved from the Teochew Building at Tank Road to its Clementi campus.
1981In 1981, a five-year Phase I campus expansion project took off the ground to cater to an accelerated increase in student enrolment. Completed in 1986, the first phase covered construction of new buildings including laboratories, lecture theatres, four canteens, a sports complex, three residential apartment blocks and an eight-story administration building.1982
To reflect its expanded role in providing quality education, the college’s name was changed to Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Ngee Ann). Courses were also revised to promote practical and hands-on training.
1981 In 1981, a five-year Phase I campus expansion project took off the ground to cater to an accelerated increase in student enrolment. Completed in 1986, the first phase covered construction of new buildings including laboratories, lecture theatres, four canteens, a sports complex, three residential apartment blocks and an eight-story administration building.
The Continuing Education Centre (now renamed as CET Academy) was set up to provide a platform for postgraduates and working professionals to further their education and upgrade their skills.
1986 NP embarked on Phase II campus expansion that added new facilities such as teaching blocks. Two subsequent phases were rolled out in 1990 and 1992.
NP celebrated its 25th anniversary. By then, its enrolment surpassed the 10,000-mark. The late president Mr. Ong Teng Cheong planted a Tembusu tree to mark the occasion. Celebrations culminated in the planting of a time capsule by Dr. Tay Eng Soon, to be unearthed in 2013.
Ngee Ann College at Tank Road
The then PM Lee at the inauguration ceremony of Ngee Ann College
NP's Human Resource Office started the International Fellowship and Visiting Lecturer Scheme, a move which has since attracted lecturers from UK, US, Australia, Japan, New South Wales, China and India.
1994After the successful completion of Phase IV campus expansion, the Polytechnic’s continuous drive to provide quality facilities saw its move to a new phase of upgrading the campus environment and its existing facilities. The Phase 1 campus redevelopment programme kicked off in 1994. It was during this phase that the iconic building named The Octagon was built.
1999The Polytechnic was the first of its kind to launch Mobile e-Learning, integrating a notebook ownership scheme, a wireless campus network and an e-learning platform.NP was accorded the prestigious Singapore Quality Class Award.
2001 The Polytechnic launched the Ngee Ann Learning Model (NLM), its unique broad-based approach of equipping students with a judicious blend of hard and soft skills to thrive in the knowledge economy. In the same year, NP pioneered a talent development programme to prepare high calibre students for their career and future studies.The Polytechnic also unveiled the Lifestyle Library, the first library in a tertiary institution to provide a relaxing environment, with non-academic books, magazines, cable TV, Internet access, CDs and DVDs for the enjoyment of our students.
2002 NP rolled out its plan to incorporate interdisciplinary studies into the curriculum.As part of NP’s Phase 5 redevelopment plan, a spanking two-level 1,800-seat Convention Centre that also houses four lecture theatres was built to replace The Octagon.The Office for Innovation and Enterprise (IE) (then called Innohub) was formed to offer industry partners consultancy services and showcase the Polytechnic’s technological expertise. It launched the EnterpriZe! Scheme to help enterprising students commercialise their products and business ideas.
Important strides were made overseas as the Polytechnic collaborated with Zhejiang University City College to provide Diploma in Chinese Studies students with the chance to go on a China immersion programme.
The School of Engineering also launched the Common First Year Pathway Programme that allows new students to choose their Engineering discipline after a semester of taking common engineering modules.2006 NP and SPRING Singapore jointly established the Marine & Offshore Technology Centre of Innovation (MOT COI) at the Polytechnic. MOT COI serves as a one-stop centre to catalyse the growth of the marine industry by helping SMEs in this industry with technology innovation.
2007 Under the Ministry of Education’s Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institute (Poly-FSI) scheme, NP was the first to strike a degree tie-up with renowned Boston's Wheelock College to offer NP graduates the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership at the Polytechnic’s premises.
NP launched a $1 million Solar Technology Centre. Partly funded by the Economic Development Board, the Centre serves as a hotbed for applied research and student projects on solar technology.
A $7.6 million Environmental and Water Technology Centre of Innovation was officially opened in July. The applied research facility helps small and medium enterprises develop commercially-viable products and solutions in the areas of water and wastewater treatment and management, waste management, pollution control, and clean energy. NP was picked to play a key role in the setting up of the School of Science and Technology (SST) which would tap the Polytechnic’s expertise and resources in applied learning for the design and planning of its curriculum, pedagogy and campus development. SST is Singapore’s fourth specialised independent school, as part of the Ministry of Education’s landmark initiative to inject greater choice and diversity into the secondary school education landscape. In November, NP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Media Academy and the Workforce Development Agency to jointly set up Singapore’s first Media CET Centre to train media professionals. The Media CET Centre is part of a $40 million government initiative to boost the media industry.
NP’s talent development programme was revamped and renamed The Christieara Programme (TCP) to boost the Polytechnic’s efforts in nurturing high-calibre students. A new feature of TCP was the California Challenge, a three-week study trip with a liberal arts focus.
One of NP’s landmarks – the Teo Hang Sam Building – which was the first building erected on its Clementi campus in 1966 and the adjourning Canteen One were demolished to make way for the new block Seventy3. It marked the onset of the campus redevelopment’s Phase 6 programme.
The School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) officially launched m:idea, the first media conglomerate operated by an educational institution in Singapore. Through m:idea, FMS students pitch for businesses and undertake commercial projects by offering a full suite of media services including editorial management, video production and events planning.
The Polytechnic also launched
Ideawerkz, an innovation incubator that enables NP students to tap on it for funding and mentorship to turn their creative ideas into reality.
The Polytechnic set up a $1.2 million Optometry Centre to serve as an eye consultation facility to the community as well as a learning platform for its Diploma in Optometry students.
2011To recognise talents among a greater diversity of students, two new scholarships were launched. The NP Engineering Scholarship recognises academically strong engineering students, while the NP Arts Award is for the artistically-inclined who are accomplished in an area of the arts.
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies put in place a revised curriculum framework to inculcate the spirit of Innovation and Enterprise in all Ngee Ann students. The School began to offer three modules that are designed to inspire and encourage creative and innovative thinking as well as unleash students' innovative and entrepreneurial traits.
2012NP officially completed its Phase 6 campus development programme to enhance its facilities for students. Two of these facilities are a new building for arts and cultural activities named Seventy3, and a revamped Sports Complex.
2013NP celebrated its
50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat unearthed the time capsule that was planted in 1988. At the same time, he launched a new time capsule and an exhibition showcasing milestones in the Polytechnic’s history. As part of the celebrations, NP raised a total of $200,000 for the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and staff committed a total of 1,144 man days to serve community groups.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest of Honour at NP’s 50th anniversary dinner where he launched the
Polytechnic's Fourth Strategic Plan (4NPSP). The 4NPSP will guide the Polytechnic in nurturing students to develop a passion for lifelong learning, imbibe values that will anchor them for life, and stand ready to thrive in a global workplace.
Twenty-five outstanding alumni, who personify NP’s values and indomitable spirit, received the
NP Alumni Award for their contributions to society. These alumni have made a difference in diverse fields spanning across Arts, Business, Community & Environment, Professional Services, Science & Technology, Sports and Technopreneurship.
2014NP received the
President's Award for the Environment, the highest environmental accolade in Singapore. The award recognises the Polytechnic's role as a pioneer in environmental advocacy and in inspiring many green champions among its students and alumni.
Dialogue in the Dark
Seventy3PM Lee at NP's 50th anniversery dinner
Mr Clarence Ti, the Principal of NP, received the prestigious award from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the ceremony