SUTD launches seven courses teaching digital economy skills

An exterior view of the Singapore University of Technology and Design campus located in Changi.
An exterior view of the Singapore University of Technology and Design campus located in Changi. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) launched two new masters programmes and five new minors on Thursday (Mar 1) as the school aims to better equip its students with skills relevant to the digital economy.

The Master of Science in Urban Science, Policy and Planning is a 12-month programme open to bachelors degree holders that teaches students to combine advanced social and data science research methods and computational techniques with urban theory, planning and practice.

The SUTD-CGU Dual Masters Programme in Nano-Electronic Engineering and Design is an 18-month programme established in collaboration with Taiwan's Chang Gung University (CGU) and aims to provide science and engineering graduates with an education in the full value chain of the semiconductor industry.

Students will start the programme by doing nine months of coursework at CGU, followed by another nine months of intensive research at the university.

Both masters programmes are now open for application and will begin in September.

From next year, SUTD undergraduates will also be able to choose from five new minor programmes.

Three of them - Minor in Design Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Minor in Digital Humanities and Minor in Design, Technology and Society - will be available only to students from this year's cohort onwards.

The other two minor programmes - Minor in Engineering Systems and Minor in Artificial Intelligence - will take in their first batches in January next year, and will be open to existing and new students.

In addition, students matriculating from 2018 will be required to take at least one of three modules - artificial intelligence, data analytics and machine learning - in their four-year undergraduate course.

Professor Chong Tow Chong, SUTD's acting president and provost, said the subjects will be enhanced to inculcate high ethical standards in students as they design and create new technologies.

"Through these new developments, we aim to deliver a truly unique educational experience for our students, to nurture them into technically grounded leaders and innovators who will create a better world by design for Singapore and beyond."