Yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Singapore Institute of Technology’s (SIT) centralised campus in Punggol.
Situated in the Punggol Digital District (PDD), the SIT Punggol campus will accommodate up to 12,000 students, and will occupy a total land area of approximately 91,000 square metres over two plots of land.
The campus will have a total gross floor area of around 240,000 square metres.
Said Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President of SIT: “SIT’s role is to provide an applied learning pathway for young Singaporeans, in particular polytechnic graduates, to harness their aspirations.”
“At steady state, SIT will have an annual intake of over 3,000 undergraduates and will play a key role in meeting the government’s target of 40% cohort participation rate by 2020.”
SIT Punggol: A ‘Living Lab’ That Promotes Collaboration
The campus is made up of two distinct areas – the Campus Heart, which houses the academic blocks, and the Campus Court, which houses the administration building, additional academic blocks, auditorium and indoor sports facilities blocks.
True to its name and location, SIT’s campus is envisioned to be a “living lab” where students can be “exposed to cutting-edge industry know-how through working on interdisciplinary projects”.
Students will also get to test-bed smart technologies in real-life environments.
Co-located with JTC’s business park buildings in the PDD, students and faculty will be able to work with industry professionals on various projects.
Companies will also be able to tap on SIT’s applied learning and research capabilities and talent pool.
Creating A Sustainable Campus
As part of a collaborative research venture between SIT and SP Group, Southeast Asia’s first Multi-Energy Micro-Grid (MEMG) will also be set up at SIT Punggol.
By 2023, SIT will have approximately 10,000 square metres of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels installed on its rooftops, which will supplement power supply to the campus.
Additionally, the MEMG will also serve as a “living experimental lab” to support the research, development, and test-bedding of distributed energy systems.
SIT Punggol will also be wired with a campus-wide smart sensor network of over 10,000 sensors which are capable of collecting temperature, ambient light, and human presence data.
All of this data is then shared to the Integrated Building Management System (IBMS), which controls various building systems like lighting, lifts, air-conditioning, and security.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics will then be used to “continuously analyse the data” and control the building’s systems through IBMS to “derive the optimum building environment, enhance campus experience and workspace efficiency”.
Not A SIT Student? You Can Still Visit The Campus!
The SIT Punggol campus also includes a Campus Boulevard, a pedestrianised area with retail and F&B offerings which will be open for public access.
The campus is slated to be ready by 2023.