Its founding president is Thomas Magnanti, an institute professor with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During his 3-year term of appointment, Prof Magnanti will be on leave from the MIT faculty and will devote his time fully to the new Singapore university.
The new university will admit its first intake of up to 500 students in two years and students will have four degree programs to choose from.
- Architecture & Sustainable Design
- Engineering Product Design
- Engineering Systems & System Design
- Information Engineering & Design.
First-year students will be exposed to foundation studies in the areas of mathematics, science, introductory humanities and social sciences – all in the context of design. They will also get to learn about entrepreneurship and management during each of the four-year degree programs, which probably excites those entrepreneurial minded.
The medium-sized Singapore University of Technology and Design will eventually cater to some 4,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduates.
Singapore University of Technology and Design is looking to collaborate with MIT in the form of getting experienced professors from MIT to play a leading role in the development of SU’s curriculum and exchanging research and education activities with one another.
Singapore University of Technology and Design will be located at the Changi Business Park, by 2015. The location of its interim campus will be announced by early next year.