Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

1. Introduction

Established in April 1990, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) is a significant contributor to the field of para-professional education in Singapore. Situated in the east of the island, the campus sits on a 30-hectare plot of land fronting the scenic Bedok Reservoir.

TP currently offers 45 full-time three-year diploma courses in the areas of applied sciences, business, design, engineering, humanities and social sciences, and informatics and IT to around 15,000 students. We also offer over 40 part-time courses , up to the Advanced Diploma level. Our diploma courses are recognised by more than 200 universities , both local and overseas, for the purposes of advanced standing towards degree studies.

The history of TP began in June 1989 when Dr Tony Tan, then Minister of Education, praised the value of a polytechnic education in a speech, and announced that a third polytechnic was being seriously considered. Barely two years later, in July 1990, TP was a reality with an initial enrolment of 735 students.

With its permanent premises yet to be built, TP was granted use of the Baharuddin Vocational Institute's premises at Stirling Road and the vacated premises of Raffles Institution at Grange Road. By 1995, due to increased enrolment and new courses, TP had acquired three more campuses at Kim Seng, Bukit Merah and Portsdown Road. Finally, in September 1995, it moved to its permanent location in Tampines - a state-of-the-art 30-hectare campus set in picturesque surroundings beside the serene Bedok Reservoir in the east of Singapore. TP's very first prospectus saw it offering four diploma courses in graphic design, product design, interior design and business.

Within just five years, the number of first-choice applicants in 1995 increased by an overwhelming 116 percent over the 1994 figure to 3,159 applicants. Enrolment had increased from 735 in 1990 to 5,443 in 1995. Today, TP's student population stands at over 15,000.


Temasek Polytechnic
21 Tampines Avenue 1 Singapore 529757
Tel: 65 6787 8000

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Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

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