Our Story

Aug 2009

SUTD established as Singapore’s fourth public university

Singapore’s 4th publicly funded university is established to advance knowledge and nurture technically grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs with focus in design and technology.

Oct 2009

Appointed the Founding President, Professor Thomas Magnanti

Professor Thomas Magnanti named president of Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Nov 2009

First SUTD office located at Ghim Moh Road, Chinese Language Centre

First SUTD office located at Ghim Moh Road, Chinese Language Centre

Nov 2009

Appointed the Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Philip Ng

Mr Ng had served as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for Singapore’s 4th university, then as the Founding Chairman of SUTD.

Jan 2010

SUTD signed collaboration agreement with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore’s new publicly funded university, had signed an agreement with MIT formalizing the detailed scope of collaboration between the two institutions.

Jun 2010

Appointed Founding Provost, Prof Chong Tow Chong

Professor Chong Tow Chong was appointed as the founding Provost of Singapore University of Technology and Design from 1 June 2010.

Aug 2010

SUTD signed collaboration agreement with Zhejiang University (ZJU)

At SUTD, we hope to harness the best practices and values of the East and the West. Through our collaboration with the Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), we are realising this goal.

Sep 2010

SUTD Logo Awarded Gold in Singapore Design Award 2010

Our logo was awarded Gold, Graphic Design in the Singapore Design Award 2010, organised by Designers Association Singapore (now known as the Design Business Chamber Singapore).

Oct 2010

Launch of MIT-SUTD Dual Masters Programme

Established in collaboration with MIT, the Dual Masters’ Programme provided a global educational experience with a unique cross-fertilisation across architectural and engineering design, technology and innovation.

Oct 2010

SUTD held its first student admissions exercise

The university held its first undergraduate admissions exercise on 20 March with close to 500 prospective students in attendance.

May 2011

Interim campus at Dover

SUTD started with an interim campus at the former ITE College Dover site, located at 20 Dover Drive. We were at this interim campus for a period of 4 years before moving to our permanent campus at Upper Changi.

Oct 2011

Signed MOU with Singapore Management University (SMU) to collaborate on education, research, and student and faculty exchanges

16 October 2011 marked the day where we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Management University (SMU). This MOU formalised the collaboration in education, research as well as student and faculty exchanges.

Nov 2011

Ground-breaking ceremony for new East Coast campus held

We had our ground-breaking ceremony for our new campus at Upper Changi on 14 November 2011.

Dec 2011

Launched the Integrated Learning Programme

The Integrated Learning Programme (ILP) is a bridging programme unique to SUTD. The ILP is developed to ensure students’ readiness for the Freshmore curriculum as well as provide for a holistic learning experience to enthuse the students about the subjects. It aims to instill fundamental masteries in math and science in students with no or limited knowledge or who simply desire to have a refresher course in a particular area of study.

Feb 2012

Opened the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre

MIT and SUTD jointly opened a new facility – the MIT-SUTD International Design Centre (IDC) on 8 February 2012.

Apr 2012

Matriculated our first batch of undergraduate students

On 27 April 2012, we successfully matriculated 340 undergraduate students – our first batch.

May 2012

Established Temasek Laboratories and iTrust, Centre for Research in Cyber Security

On 7 May 2012, we signed an MOU with the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to establish the Temasek Laboratories, and iTRUST, Centre for Research in Cyber Security at SUTD.

Aug 2012

Signed MOU with the Singapore Institute of Architects

29 August 2012, an MOU between Singapore Institutes of Architects (SIA) and SUTD was signed.

Sep 2012

Established the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities

The Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) was established in September 2012 as one of the research centres of excellence in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Oct 2012

Unveiled multi-disciplinary Fabrication Laboratory

On 18 October 2012, we launched our multidisciplinary fabrication laboratory. A 1,000 sqm laboratory modelled after MIT’s Pappalardo Lab, one of the fabrication laboratories at MIT, that aims to allow students to design and build virtually “almost anything”.

Nov 2012

First SUTD PhD programme launched

SUTD launched our inaugural PhD Programme (first intake in September 2013) to develop outstanding local and international individuals for careers in academia or industry.

May 2013

Graduated first three MIT-SUTD Dual Masters students

SUTD presented the graduation certificates to two Singaporeans, Mr Karthikeyan Rajasekharan and Ms Teo Yi Linn, and an American, Mr Nikhil Jain, who started their Masters programme in 2011.

Aug 2013

Topping out ceremony for new East Coast campus held

On 6 September 2013, we held our topping out ceremony for our new East Coast campus located at 8 Somapah Road.

Sep 2013

Sent 28 students to MIT for the first Global Leadership Programme

One of SUTD’s premier signature programme which offers students the opportunity to attend a fully immersive summer programme of at least 8 weeks duration at one of SUTD’s top partner institutions overseas.

Feb 2014

Launched SUTD-SMU Dual Degree Programme in Technology and Management

Synergising our strength in technology and design together with SMU’s expertise in business management, the SUTD-SMU Dual Degree Programme was launched on 25 February 2014.

Mar 2014

Beam Raising ceremony of antique structures donated by Jackie Chan

On 11 March 2014, a beam raising ceremony was held to mark the completion of the structural frames for two antique houses donated by Jackie Chan.

Apr 2014

Achieved provisional accreditation for Engineering degrees by the Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES), through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB)

On 7 April 2014, SUTD was awarded provisional accreditation for all its three undergraduate engineering degree programmes by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB).

Jul 2014

Established the SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre

The SUTD-JTC IIIC was established on 16 July 2014. The objective of the centre is to promote the development of innovative and sustainable industrial infrastructure solutions in Singapore.

Nov 2014

Received President’s Design Award for the in-house library pavilion design at the Dover Road interim campus

SUTD was awarded the 2014 President’s Design Award for the Library’s Pavilion. The unique gridshell structure was designed by the SUTD City Form Lab.

Nov 2014

MIT held its Executive Committee meeting outside the USA at SUTD’s new campus, a first in its 150-year history

The MIT Executive Committee Meeting on 7th and 8th November 2014 was a momentous event for SUTD. This was the first time, the senior officers and faculty members of MIT Corporation visited Singapore and SUTD and held its first Executive Committee meeting outside of the USA.

Jan 2015

Moved from interim campus to brand new campus in Changi

23 January 2015 marked the day where SUTD moved into our brand new Campus located at 8 Somapah Road. SUTD was the first Singapore public university to be located in the east of Singapore.

Jan 2015

40 students attended the first Winter Independent Activity Period at MIT

The Winter Independent Activities Period (IAP) was a three-week partially funded exchange programme at MIT. About 60 students get to participate in this programme yearly.

May 2015

Opening ceremony of the new SUTD campus, opened by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

We celebrated our official opening ceremony of the East Coast campus on 8 May 2015.

Aug 2015

Graduation of the pioneer batch of undergraduate students

29 August 2015, SUTD graduated 298 students with Bachelor’s degree and 10 students with Master’s degree. They are our first batch of students who joined us in 2012.

Nov 2015

Agreement with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to establish joint engineering PhD programme

On 26 November 2015, SUTD signed an agreement with NUS to establish a joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programme in Engineering. This is the first of such programme established jointly by two local public universities in Singapore.

Dec 2015

Received S$11 million donation from the family of Mr Ng Teng Fong to set up a joint Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance with Zhejiang University (ZJU)

This agreement marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and China and built on existing partnerships between the universities, in areas of research, student and faculty exchanges and projects.

Mar 2016

First graduate employment survey conducted

This is the first time, our students participated in the Joint Graduate Employment Survey with the other 4 universities.

May 2016

Launched $44.3M ST Electronics and SUTD joint Cyber Security Laboratory

On 13 May 2016, SUTD, together with ST Electronics, set up the ST Electronics-SUTD Cyber Security Laboratory. This joint laboratory was supported by the National Research Foundation Singapore, under its Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme.

Aug 2016

Appointment of Mr Lee Tzu Yang as Chairman of SUTD Board of Trustees

Mr Philip Ng stepped down as Chairman of our Board of Trustees. We welcomed Mr Lee Tzu Yang, who took over this role on 11 August 2016.

Sep 2016

First batch of Masters of Architecture students graduate

On 10 September 2016, we graduated our very first batch of Masters of Architecture students.

Nov 2016

Launched SUTD’s Masters of Science in Security by Design programme

SUTD launched our Masters of Science in Security by Design (MSSD), a one-of-a-kind programme.

Jan 2017

Launched SUTD’s first integrated Bachelor and Masters programme, the SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme

With the launch of SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), students will be able to graduate with both a bachelor and master degree, focusing on entrepreneurship. This enables us to develop a new generation of technically-grounded entrepreneurial leaders.

Feb 2017

Full accreditation of Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Architecture degree programmes achieved

We were awarded full accreditation from Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) and the Board of Architects (BOA) for 3 of our undergraduate programmes;
Engineering Product Design (EPD), Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) and Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD)

Jun 2017

Completion of seven-year MIT-SUTD education collaboration

30 June 2017 marked the first phase of SUTD’s development – our collaboration with MIT came to a completion.

Nov 2017

Five-year growth plan launched

To spearhead our next phase of growth, SUTD will be developing a suite of integrated, multi-disciplinary programmes in key economic sectors over the next 5 years.

Dec 2017

SUTD and Keysight Technologies set up the Measurement Technologies Lab

As part of our strategy in partnering industry partners to drive research and innovations that contribute to Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives, we signed an MOU with Keysight Technologies on 6 December 2017. In conjunction with this signing, the new Measurement Technologies Laboratory was launched.

Jan 2018

Professor Thomas Magnanti appointed as President Emeritus

On top of being appointed President Emeritus, Professor Tom Magnanti was also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) this year.

Jan 2018

SUTD Academy launched

On 10 January 2018, we launched our SUTD Academy, offering SkillsFuture courses in the growth sectors (cybersecurity, data analytics, engineering, urban solutions and tech-enabled services).

Mar 2018

SUTD tops MIT’s list of emerging engineering schools

We are named the top emerging engineering schools!

Apr 2018

Professor Chong Tow Chong appointed as President of SUTD

Professor Chong was appointed as the President of SUTD in April 2018, replacing Professor Tom Magnanti.

May 2018

SUTD and NUS curated for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

An ethereal cloud made of skilfully handcrafted acrylic knots that remits light and the scent of the Vanda Miss Joaquim flow was gently suspended in the vast spaces of the Sale d’Armi. This display formed the centrepiece of the Singapore Pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale.

Jul 2018

Design of the Year award 2018 – The Future of Us Pavilion

SUTD Advanced Architecture Lab’s ‘The Future of Us Pavilion’ won the Design of the Year Award in the Singapore President’s Design Award 2018.

Sep 2018

SUTD graduates first batch of SUTD-SMU Dual Degree Programme students

Our first batch SUTD-SMU Dual Degree Programme graduated!

Nov 2018

Signed collaboration agreement with Aalto University

This broad multi-year collaboration agreement deepens our cooperation in multiple fields.

Jul 2019

SUTD celebrates 10th anniversary

Happy 10th Birthday, SUTD!

Jul 2019

SUTD 10th Anniversary Celebrations and Time Capsule

Celebrating 10 years of innovations!