Only with an interdisciplinary skill set and out-of-the-box mindset.

The near future demands a different kind of smarts.

With Singapore’s commitment to technological transformation through Smart Nation and Industry 4.0, your child will graduate into an economy with revolutionary titles and ‘never heard of’ industries. The skill sets demanded of them will be different and their way of thinking has to be just as agile and as creative as the unexpected challenges that will come their way.

With our future-focused curriculum and hands-on learning experiences, SUTD specialises in nurturing your child from a smart student into a Design Innovator that is ready for the smart future.

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But what is a Design Innovator?
Design Innovators have existed amidst us for a while. They are the ones who thought of 3D printing soft, nutritious food for elderly patients, instead of long boiling each meal. They are the ones who thought of water desalination and purification so our water supply is always guaranteed. They are the ones that have been gaining investments from the government and also private entities.

A Design Innovator, simply put, uses design to create sustainable solutions for humankind. To be a Design Innovator, one needs to have an empathetic mindset and an interdisciplinary skill set, while bearing in mind the societal and environmental impacts of their proposed solutions.

How does SUTD nurture Design Innovators?
At the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), we believe in inculcating students with the single-minded goal of improving lives and safeguarding our planet. We call this “A Better World by Design” – backed by an industry-recognised approach to teaching design.

Different specialisations, one common goal: to solve real-life problems (even before they graduate!)

To do this, we believe that Design Innovators need a well-rounded perspective of both engineering, and the humanities and social sciences to create human-centric solutions. This is why we created our unique, interdisciplinary curriculum, where we expose our students to the different disciplines and empower students across the five degree programmes to collaborate on holistic innovations. At the same time, our students are immersed in real-world environments where they work with industry partners on live projects to conceptualise, prototype and test their solutions.

The interdisciplinary experience is vital as the demands of today’s world are complicated and multi-faceted. Moreover, the workplace of the Smart Future will be increasingly diverse with employers looking for talents who can excel in and lead interdisciplinary teams.

The New Urban Kampung ProgrammePartnering with HDB, our students use data to fine-tune the designs of community areas for maximum social interaction. Here, a student designs a public bench with smart sensors.

Chronic wound assessment becomes a lot more convenient with our AI-based wound scanning technology that works on a smartphone!

Leveraging on A.I., our students created a platform that can identify potential tumours six times faster than an experienced pathologist.

Our approach to education may seem unique, but the results speak for themselves. We are proud to say that our design-centric pedagogy has translated to our students and our alumni creating design-centric solutions that are recognized at national and global levels, such as the James Dyson Award, Coup de Coeur Award and Forbes 30 Under 30.

This success also extends beyond the school campus, with 94% of our students moving into highly demanded, future-focused careers within six months of graduation.

All these successes can only be attributed to our interdisciplinary approach to teaching design and technology. At SUTD, we believe that the future will bring unforeseen challenges. But with the power of design thinking coupled with strong technical grounding, your child can be the creator of the next life-changing innovation.

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