Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) has launched an array of new programs and initiatives to offer students greater flexibility and learning pathways. These new pathways will provide students with diverse options and greater flexibility in customizing their curriculum to suit their interests.
With the launch of the new premier SUTD Honours and Research Program (SHARP), aspiring research scientists, engineers and innovators can now undertake a structured research-oriented program right from the undergraduate level.
Closely mentored by faculty in fully-funded research projects, students will be schooled in research disciplines that deepen their critical thinking and problem solving skills, allowing them to innovate and come up with original ideas or solutions to benefit industries and society at large.
SHARP students will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science, with the option to pursue a graduate degree such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in either Engineering or Architecture, or a Master in Engineering by research at SUTD.
Facts on SUTD Honours and Research Program (SHARP)
The SUTD Honours and Research Program (SHARP) is a premier program for academically bright students who may aspire to pursue a research-related career in universities, research labs and high-tech industries.
SHARP students will go through the same curriculum as regular SUTD students, as well as advanced classes during their first year, to give them exposure to the research culture. SHARP students will also get close 1:1 research supervision and mentorship with a faculty member, which will allow them to learn and to produce high quality research that will be critical for future studies in graduate schools.
Students admitted to SHARP will be eligible for SUTD and donor-sponsored scholarships. SHARP students will also receive a research grant of $15,000, where $7,500 will be used to pay them a research allowance ($1,500 per term for five terms from term 4 to term 8).
The other $7,500 can be used for research related expenses, such as conference presentation, research attachment and others. This research grant is on top of any SUTD scholarship that may be awarded to SHARP students, which covers the tuition fee.
Minor Programs & Grade-Free System
Today, SUTD offers seven Minor programs. In response to a strong interest in these Minor degree programs – more than 80% of current students had shown interest in taking up a Minor during an informal survey conducted by SUTD.
SUTD has enhanced its curriculum for students entering the engineering pillar, with effect from Academic Year 2019. This is to provide students with greater flexibility to pursue a Minor degree, with the same number of subjects required for graduating.
Additionally, SUTD is expanding its grade-free system to de-emphasize exams and encourage students to participate in the myriad student activities available. SUTD has always had a grade-free system for the first term of undergraduate study, to help first-year students (Freshmores) transition into varsity life.
As SUTD’s Freshmore curriculum spans three terms, the University has extended its grade-free system such that half of the subjects taken in the first three terms need not count towards their grade point average (GPA).
SUTD President, Professor Chong Tow Chong said: “Since Day 1, SUTD has encouraged a strong research culture and has always allowed students to try their hand at research through our Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). As we see increasing interest from students to do research at the undergraduate level, it is timely to introduce SHARP, a premier research program. SHARP aims to equip students with deep critical thinking and problem solving skills that help them ‘think out-of-the-box’, to come up with original solutions or ideas. SHARP students will not only work closely with a multi-disciplinary research group to fully experience the entire lifecycle of research, but also gain the opportunity to collaborate with international researchers and corporations.”
He added: “We also want to give incoming students greater flexibility and ease in pursuing their interests and broaden their knowledge and hands on experiences, be it academically, in entrepreneurship or even in the arts, while de-emphasizing the focus on academic grades. We hope the new adjustments to our rigorous curriculum will further enrich students’ experiences as well as nurture them into industry- and future-ready technically-grounded leaders and innovators who can better the world by design.”