SUTD Signs MOU with James Dyson Foundation and Announcement of New MOE Scholarship

12 May 2022

(L-R) Professor Chong Tow Chong, SUTD President; Professor Phoon Kok Kwang, SUTD Provost; Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education; Ms Lydia Beaton, Global Head, James Dyson Foundation; Mr John Churchill, Chief Technology Officer, Dyson.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the James Dyson Foundation (JDF) on 11 May 2022 to collaborate on the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Singapore and inspire the next generation’s interest in this area. The signing was witnessed by Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing.

Besides STEM educational activities, the collaboration will also span setting up a new engineering innovation studio. This will greatly benefit SUTD students as they can experience first-hand how design, innovation and engineering take place in a real-world commercial environment.

Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing speaking at the ceremony.

Minister Chan highlighted SUTD’s unique curriculum that integrates design thinking within practical projects. He said SUTD plays a key role in ensuring the pipeline of STEM talents for Singapore. The partnership between SUTD and JDF exemplifies the close collaboration between our Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and industry partners.

Minister Chan also announced the Engineering and Tech Programme Scholarship (ETPS) for pre-university students that MOE will introduce in 2023. The scholarship will include signature programmes, such as a full hands-on STEM workshop conducted by IHLs. In fact, in January this year, SUTD and JDF came forth to jointly pilot a 5-day STEM workshop for pre-university students, where they learnt how to integrate coding, data analysis and prototyping using 3D printing of a drone that can be used in delivery of vaccines to remote areas. The scholarship will also provide internship opportunities for recipients at engineering and technology companies to enrich their learning experiences.

SUTD President Prof Chong shared that there is synergy between SUTD’s initiatives to promote STEM education to youths and JDF’s initiatives to introduce the young to the world of design engineering.

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