A guide to Polytechnic education

What is Polytechnic education

What is Polytechnic Education?

A polytechnic education gives you hands-on experience within a dynamic and progressive learning environment.

There are five polytechnics in Singapore, namely, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Republic Polytechnic (RP), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Polytechnic (TP). They offer a variety of courses in different fields which lead students to fulfilling careers, as well as preparing them for further studies.

Practice-based Learning

One of the features of polytechnic education is the strong emphasis on practice-based learning. Work attachments with industry partners are part of the curriculum and can vary in duration from six weeks to six months or longer for selected courses. These work attachments will enable you to gain valuable on-the-job experience and provide you with opportunities to work with industry experts.

In addition to academic knowledge, the Polytechnics also emphasize the acquisition of certain important life skills. These are the key skills of communication and presentation as well as problem-solving skills. These are intended to develop the students' confidence and critical faculties which are necessary if they are to be effective participants in society. Students will also learn to develop original and creative thinking and to behave as responsible young adults.

Qualified Lecturers

The Polytechnics are staffed by qualified lecturers with a number of years of working experience drawn from the education field as well as the private sector. They bring with them a wealth of teaching and industry experience. They are professionals who know what students need to know, and whose contact with industry makes sure the students get the best possible education. Their knowledge is constantly upgraded through industrial and workplace attachment or postgraduate courses.


The facilities of the Polytechnics are excellent - providing an environment to help students excel. These include fully computerised library, industry standard laboratories, modern lecture halls, well equipped tutorial rooms and comprehensive range of sports and recreational activities.

You may visit the respective polytechnic’s website:

Nanyang Polytechnic

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Republic Polytechnic

Singapore Polytechnic

Temasek Polytechnic