Canadian uni tie-up for NTU's flagship programme

Students at NTU's Lee Wee Nam Library.
Students at NTU's Lee Wee Nam Library.ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has tied up with its first Canadian partner for its flagship engineering programme.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is the fourth university to partner NTU as part of its Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP), after an agreement was signed in February.

Professor Kam Chan Hin, NTU's deputy provost for education, said in a statement: "UBC's uniqueness lies in its strong cross-disciplinary collaboration which is a good match with the broad-based, interdisciplinary nature of the REP."

The Vancouver-based university is known for its strengths in engineering and research, and counts seven Nobel laureates among its faculty and alumni.

The two universities set up a joint venture in 2012 - The Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly - which enables researchers to develop technological solutions for challenges faced by the elderly.

This September, six third-year REP students will be heading to the Canadian university for their year-long overseas immersion programme.

During their time there, the students will take lessons at the university, as well as do an internship at a leading global corporation.

Companies which students in the programme had previously interned at include 3M, BMW, Rolls-Royce, and McLaren Applied Technologies.

One of the six students is 23-year-old Joel Ang. He chose UBC as he was drawn to the hands-on learning experience the school offers.

"On top of traditional lectures or tutorials, course content is amplified through the team-based projects, lab sessions and early design experience," said Mr Ang, who specialises in mechanical engineering. "Besides, what's not to love about having mountains in your classroom's backyard?"

At the end of the 41/2-year course, REP students will be awarded a Bachelor of Engineering Science and a Master of Science in Technology Management degrees.

The first batch of students in this programme graduated last July. Many have secured jobs in the aviation, defence, and biomedical industries, while some have gone on to start their own companies, such as data analytics firms Asia Risk Transfer Solutions and Computational Labour Economics Firm.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2017, with the headline 'Canadian uni tie-up for NTU's flagship programme'. Subscribe