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ITE campuses renamed as colleges from 2005

Source: www.gov.sg 

Excerpt of speech by Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 12 Oct 2004

...In 2000, the ITE campuses were regrouped from 10 small campuses into two Networks, namely ITE East and ITE West, with five campuses each.

The aim was to promote multi-disciplinary learning and achieve synergy in teaching and learning, while devolving greater autonomy to the Networks.

In 2001, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong announced the plan to develop the campuses further into three bigger Regional Campuses over a fifteen-year period.

The first ITE Regional Campus at Simei Avenue is now ready to take in its first batch of students in January 2005.  It has an enrolment capacity of 7,200 full-time students, compared to 1,800 full-time students each under the existing campuses.

Two more regional campuses will be built at Choa Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 over the next 10 years, to replace the existing ITE West and ITE East Networks respectively.

ITE campuses renamed colleges

In tandem with the development of the first ITE Regional Campus, I am pleased to announce that the ITE campuses will be further enhanced and renamed as “Colleges” under a new “One ITE System, Three Colleges” Model with effect from January 2005.

The new Model will build on the strengths of the ITE brand name and identity, which have been established over the years, to deliver consistent standards, quality programmes and successful graduates.  However, it would involve greater autonomy and differentiation among the ITE Colleges.

The three ITE Colleges will be ITE College East for the new Regional Campus at Simei; ITE College West for the existing ITE West Network; and ITE College Central for the existing ITE East Network.

What will the new ITE College Model look like?  The ITE Colleges will have greater autonomy to run their operations and deploy their resources, consistent with ITE’s corporate vision and strategic goals.

All three Colleges will offer ITE’s trademark core courses in Engineering, Business Studies and Info-Commmunications Technology.

To ensure their responsiveness to industry, each ITE College will be restructured into four Schools, namely, Engineering, Business, Applied & Health Sciences and Info-Communications Technology.

The Schools are aligned with Singapore’s broad industry clusters and will each be supported by an Academic Advisory Committee comprising professionals from industry.

Each College will also identify its own niche areas and core competencies.  ITE College East will specialise in Nursing, the Life Sciences and Logistics Management, ITE College Central in Wafer Fabrication and Digital Media Technology, while ITE College West in Precision Engineering, Automotive and Chemical Process Technology.

The new model of ITE Colleges, with each college having greater autonomy in responding to the market, and carving out its own niche, will encourage innovation, diversification and competition.  It will help us develop centres of excellence in technical education, in teaching and student development.  Students can look forward to more choices to meet their diverse talents and aptitudes...

Complete text of speech

Source: Ministry of Education Press Release 12 Oct 2004

 

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14 October 2004