APAIE 2018

25 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018 9.00 AM - 5.30 PM Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

SUTD Co-hosts APAIE 2018 Conference and Exhibition

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) co-hosted Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) 2018 Conference and Exhibition, alongside local universities – the lead host, National University of Singapore (NUS), and the other co-hosts Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Management University (SMU).

Besides a joint exhibition booth for all six Singapore public universities, SUTD also organised the inaugural Provosts’ Plenary, themed “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: How will it change Singapore’s higher education landscape?”.

Over 250 APAIE delegates attended the Provosts’ Plenary where the provosts from the four co-hosts shared their perspectives through a series of presentations followed by Q&A from the floor.

In addition, Dr Nachamma Sockalingam, SUTD’s Lead for the Learning Sciences Lab, presented on “Empowering Future Ready Graduates: The SUTD Way” in one of the parallel sessions.

The series of APAIE activities culminated in the hosting of over 60 international delegates at SUTD’s campus tour.

SUTD would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our partners, including prospective partners and international visitors for your strong support and making SUTD’s experience of co-hosting APAIE 2018 Conference and Exhibition a successful one!

Key Highlights of Provosts’ Plenary
  • NUS’ Senior Deputy President and Provost as well as the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor of NUS, Professor HO Teck Hua, shared about NUS’ efforts in preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution, which encompasses the adoption of a fundamentally different education model that promotes lifelong learning, embracing exciting research opportunities that have high intellectual and translation values, and developing an innovation platform and community for creating powerful synergies. 

  • NTU’s Provost and Vice President (Academic), Professor LING San, shared about the shift in the way students would learn, and the need to learn, which called for new ways to meet this objective, such as leveraging on technology and innovation, focusing on outcome-based teaching and learning, experiential and collaborative learning.

  • SMU’s Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor (Social Sciences) (now President Designate) Professor Lily KONG, presented SMU’s approach in nurturing future-ready citizens, through the focus on interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovation, closer collaboration with industry and society, lifelong learning, cross-cultural learning and exposure and also covered future plans for SMU in preparing students for the future.

  • SUTD’s President, Professor CHONG Tow Chong’s presentation highlighted five key areas in transforming higher education learning in response to the 4th Industrial Revolution, and how these have been implemented in SUTD. Set up to revolutionise the way engineering and architecture education aredelivered, SUTD’s pedagogy is vastly different from traditional universities. Itplaces greater emphasis on skills and attitudes beyond book knowledge, providing flexibility, exploration of choice and diversification in students’ academic pathways, and small group, active and interactive learning with an 11 to 1 student to faculty ratio. SUTD has also adopted an integrated partnership approach with a wide-range of industry partners to provide in-depth experiences of industry relevant education, research and internships,  aimed at nurturing industry- and future-ready graduates who will be prepared for the challenges in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

SUTD Campus Tour

During the tour, SUTD’s Associate Provost for Research and International Relations, Prof YEO Kiat Seng, highlighted SUTD’s unique pedagogy and curriculum, state-of-the-art teaching, research and recreational facilities for students, and participants visited various campus facilities such as the cohort classrooms, library, the Fabrication lab and the four traditional Chinese structures that were donated by international movie star Jackie Chan and beautifully restored in SUTD’s modern campus. 

Event Photos

Click to view photo album on Facebook.