SIT and TUM launch new joint degrees to increase relevancy skills for Undergraduate students

08 January 2020

SIT and TUM launch new joint degrees to increase relevancy skills for Undergraduate students


Singapore, 8 January 2020

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) has launched two new Bachelor of Engineering joint-degree programmes with honours for the AY2020 intake in order to offer students greater adaptability and strengthen their industry-readiness.

An upgrade to the TUM Bachelor of Science programmes, students will additionally benefit from SIT’s applied learning pedagogy and TUM’s emphasis on industry-relevance. These programmes will include an eight-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP), which addresses the growing demands in the Singapore industry, while providing students with greater opportunities to gain exposure in the global workforce.

The electronics industry is a key growth sector for Singapore’s economy. The Electronics Industry Transformation Map (ITM) has envisioned companies to boost productivity through the adoption of robotics and automation, data analytics, as well as embrace advanced manufacturing innovation. The four-year joint degree programme in Electronics and Data Engineering (EDE) offered by SIT and TUM will combine electronics and data engineering to groom work-ready graduates for the electronics industry, by equipping them with the necessary competencies expected of the new digital workforce.

Another key driver of the Singapore economy is the chemical industry. Through the Energy and Chemicals ITM, the industry is expected to create 1,400 jobs by 2025. The new SIT-TUM joint degree programme in Chemical Engineering will equip students with Industry 4.0 skillsets to address the manpower demands of the chemical industry. Graduates from the programme will be hands-on chemical engineers with knowledge in data engineering and additive manufacturing.

“In this digital age, engineers with forward thinking ideas and solutions are needed to tackle existing and new issues brought about by the industry. As we at TUM strongly believe that academia should always be in close cooperation with the industry’s needs, we are happy to work together with SIT to ensure that our new joint programmes equip engineers of the future with the relevant skills that are essential for them to excel in the workforce. I believe that the improved SIT-TUM programmes will increase the relevancy of skills for students and prepare them to make their impact in the industry,” said Dr. Markus Wächter, Managing Director, Technical University of Munich Asia.

The SIT-TUM joint degrees will feature an eight-month IWSP, where students will work and train in companies related to their specialisation, to develop deep specialist skills in their chosen field. In addition, students are required to complete a three-week Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) at TUM’s campus in Munich, Germany, to widen their global outlook and experience cross-culture exchanges.

The TUM portion of the joint Bachelor degree is managed by TUM Asia, the Singapore campus of TUM. TUM Asia was set up in 2002 to bring German academic excellence to Asia and offers a series of Bachelor, Masters and Executive Education courses. TUM Asia strives to be on the front edge of change by constantly scanning the industry landscapes in Asia, refining its approach on education to remain relevant to the industry. TUM professors come from as far as Germany, and their wealth of knowledge from the various fields provide a spectrum of experience for students to glean from.

The admissions period for the AY2020/2021 intake is from 11 January to 19 March 2020. Interested students can apply via the SIT website at SIT takes a holistic approach in assessing applicants, taking into consideration academic results, extra-curricular interests and a candidate’s passion for the field and personal qualities. Relevant work experience will also be considered and all shortlisted applicants will be assessed through interviews.

To find out more about the new SIT-TUM joint-degree programmes, prospective students should visit the SIT Open House, which will be held at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 3, from 11 to 12 January 2020. Prospective students will have the opportunity to speak to lecturers, staff and students on-site to find out more about the degree offerings, financial assistance schemes and scholarships available, as well as receive career advice. Representatives from the various student clubs and societies will also give interested applicants a glimpse of the vibrant student life awaiting them.


Media Contacts

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Jeremy Pakiam

Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications

HP: +65 9436 8100



Technical University of Munich (TUM) Asia

Daphne Ang

Head of Admissions and Marketing

DID: +65 6777 7407 (Ext. 105)




About SIT

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s university of applied learning. It aims to be a leader in innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community as part of its unique pedagogy. Partnering world-class universities, SIT offers applied degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. SIT also aims to cultivate its students four distinctive traits, or the SIT-DNA, which will prepare them to be ‘thinking tinkerers’, who are ‘able to learn, unlearn and relearn’, be ‘catalysts for transformation’ who are ‘grounded in the community’.

Established in 2009, SIT currently has six distributed campuses, with its main campus in SIT@Dover. SIT became an autonomous university in 2014 and is expected to move to its new centralised campus in Punggol in 2023. The future campus will be part of the Punggol Digital District, and will feature a Campus Boulevard, which will connect residents to the waterfront and Coney Island.

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About TUM Asia

As the first German academic venture abroad, Technical University of Munich (TUM) Asia opened its doors in Singapore in 2002. German in its roots and Asian in its approach, TUM Asia combines an emphasis on industry readiness and innovation with a distinct dedication to be relevant to Asia and its development. TUM Asia has seen over a thousand global graduates come through its Master programmes, including graduates from Asia and Europe.

TUM Asia currently offers five Master of Science programmes. The Industrial Chemistry, Integrated Circuit Design and Green Electronics programmes are jointly offered with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or National University of Singapore (NUS). The Aerospace Engineering and Rail, Transport and Logistics programme is offered exclusively by TUM Asia. Our international faculty hail from Germany and more, and their wealth of knowledge from various fields provide a spectrum of experience for the students to glean from.

Recognising the demand for engineering excellence in Singapore, TUM Asia set up TUMCREATE in June 2010 to propagate research programmes, where scientists and researchers from both Germany and Singapore can work together for the advancement of science and technology. In 2010, TUM Asia also partnered Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to offer Bachelor of Science programmes to meet the needs of students in the local industry. 10 years after this partnership, TUM Asia and SIT further developed their partnership by launching joint undergraduate degrees focused on industry readiness for the digital future.

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