Ngee Ann Polytechnic has come a long way since it was inaugurated as Ngee Ann College in 1963 with only 116 students. From these humble beginnings, we have grown tremendously to become one of the premier institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Step into the past and review some of our key historical milestones and achievements.

Ngee Ann College was inaugurated on May 25, 1963. Located at the Teochew Building on Tank Road, the College offered four-year degree courses in three main areas: language, commerce and technology.

The College became a legal independent institution governed by a Council, and started offering engineering and commerce courses at diploma level in response to popular industrial demand.


The College changed its name to Ngee Ann Technical College to reflect its expanded role and focus on technical education.


English replaced Chinese as the College's sole medium of instruction. In April, the College welcomed its first batch of non-Chinese students.


The College changed its name to Ngee Ann Polytechnic to reflect its expanded role in providing quality education. Courses were also revised to promote practical and hands-on training.


The CET Academy (then called Continuing Education Centre) was set up to provide a platform for postgraduates and working professionals to further their education and upgrade their skills.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic celebrated its 25th anniversary. 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.


Mobile e-Learning that integrated a notebook ownership scheme, a wireless campus network and an e-learning platform was launched.

The Lifestyle Library was unveiled. This is the first library in a tertiary institution to provide a unique environment, with non-academic books, magazines, cable TV, Internet access, CDs and DVDs.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic became the first poly in Singapore to implement a broad-based interdisciplinary approach to education by introducing interdisciplinary studies into the curriculum.

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 Ngee Ann 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.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic launched a degree tie-up with renowned Boston's Wheelock College to offer its students direct path to a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership, the first-of-its-kind in Singapore.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic 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.


Dialogue in the Dark was set up on the Ngee Ann Polytechnic campus as an innovative training and learning facility helmed by the School of Humanities (now known as School of Humanities & Social Sciences). The first-of-its-kind in Singapore, it employs the visually impaired as guides who take visitors through a journey in complete darkness.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic also launched Ideawerkz, an innovation incubator where students' ideas come to life. Staff and lecturers are available to mentor students.

A $1.2 million Optometry Centre was set up to serve as an eye consultation facility to the community as well as a learning platform for Diploma in Optometry students.


Two new scholarships were launched to recognise talents among a greater diversity of students – 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.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic 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.