Dialogue in the Dark was set up on Ngee Ann campus as an innovative training and learning facility helmed by the School of Humanities. The first-of-its-kind in Singapore, it employs the visually impaired as guides who take visitors through a journey in complete darkness.
The polytechnic also launched Ideawerkz, an innovation incubator where students’ ideas come to life. Staff and lecturers are available to mentor students.
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 Diploma in Optometry students.
To 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.
Ngee Ann 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.
Ngee Ann celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat launched a 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 Fourth Strategic Plan (4NPSP). 4NPSP will guide the Polytechnic in nurturing students to develop a passion for lifelong learning, imbibe values that will anchor them for life, and prepare them 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.
Ngee Ann 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.