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Republic Polytechnic (Chinese: 共和理工学院), commonly abbreviated to RP, is a tertiary institution located in Singapore. It was the first school system in Singapore to use Problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy for all its diplomas.[1][2]

RP's project team began operating in the premises of Data Storage Institute,[3] National University of Singapore in January 2002. On 1 July 2002, it shifted into Tanglin Campus which was previously occupied by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. It opened its doors to the first intake of students in 2003 before moving to the current Woodlands campus in 2007.


On 31 July 2007, RP's Woodlands campus was officially opened by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.[4] The campus was designed by Japanese architect, Fumihiko Maki[5] and DP Architects. Completed in 2006, the new campus is able to cater 13,000 students. It is conceived as a campus with a central nucleus which contains 11 learning Pods (8-9 storeys high) which are unified by 2 elliptical decks of common facilities, namely The Lawn and The Agora.[6]

Also known as a Paperless Campus, RP's Woodlands campus is backed by IT-supported network for both academic and administrative functions.[7][8] It employs state-of-the-art technology, through its solid wireless IT infrastructure supported by a comprehensive hardware-software system. In line with its green approach, environmentally friendly features such as fritted glasses, flooring made from recycled nylon and tyres, and sunshade louvres were integrated in the building design.[9] Replacing the conventional air-conditioning system, the campus is equipped with tanks containing chilled water, which are recharged at night using low tariff electricity. This significantly reduces overall electric consumption.[10]

In 2008, RP earned the ASEAN Best Practices for Energy Efficient Buildings Competition under the New and Existing Buildings category.[11] While in November 2009, RP was awarded the Green Office Label under Project Eco-Office by the Singapore Environment Council. The Green Office Label (2001-2011) reaffirms RP as an environmentally friendly work place.[12][13] RP was later honoured with the President*s Design Award in 2010.[14] The campus was also the first to win the First-ever Singapore Green Mark Plantinum award for its eco friendly design.[15]

Schools and centresEdit

RP partners with local and overseas universities for advanced standing arrangements for its diploma programmes. Graduates who are interested in continuing their education overseas typically can obtain up to 1.0 - 1.5 years exemptions from a degree programme. As of 2013, RP has 6 schools and 2 academic centres and offers 37 full time diploma courses that train its students to be industry-ready upon graduation:

Full Time Courses
School Course
School of Management and Communication (SMC) Diploma in Mass Communication
Diploma in Consumer Behaviour and Research
Diploma in Social Enterprise Management
Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology
School of Applied Science (SAS) Diploma in Biomedical Sciences
Diploma in Biotechnology
Diploma in Materials Science
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Diploma in Environmental Science
Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture
School of Engineering (SEG) Diploma in Industrial And Operations Management
Diploma in Aerospace Avionics
Diploma in Supply Chain Management
Diploma in Aviation Management
Diploma in Aerospace Engineering
Diploma in Green Building Energy Management
Common Engineering Programme
Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Diploma in Engineering Systems and Management
Diploma in Engineering Design with Business
School of Sports, Health and Leisure (SHL) Diploma in Sports And Exercise Sciences
Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management
Diploma in Outdoor And Adventure Learning
Diploma in Health Management And Promotion
Diploma in Health Services Management
Diploma in Sports Coaching
School of Hospitality (SOH) Diploma in Integrated Events Management
Diploma in Customer Experience Management with Business
Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management
Diploma in Wellness and Hospitality Business
Diploma in Restaurant and Culinary Operations
School of Infocomm (SOI) Diploma in Information Technology
Diploma in Business Information Systems
Diploma in Business Applications
Diploma in Interactive And Digital Media
Diploma in Mobile Software Development
Diploma in Infocomm Security Management
School of Technology for the Arts (STA) Diploma in Media Production and Design
Diploma in Sonic Arts
Diploma in Arts and Theatre Management
Diploma in Game Design
Diploma in Design for User Experience


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  • RP School of Applied Science partnered National University of Singapore to launch a revolutionary project that "coaxes silkworms to spin high-strength silk fibres" that are stronger than kevlar[16][17]
  • A team of Diploma in Biomedical Engineering students from School of Engineering developed possibly the world's first iPhone-based portable brain control system[18]
  • The team which developed the iPhone based portable brain control system won the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Design 2011 Gold Award.[19] They will represent Singapore in the 5th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (I-CREATe) in Bangkok, Thailand.[20]
  • RP School of Hospitality opened a $2 million restaurant training laboratory, Oliva, which is fully manned by RP's hospitality students.[21]
  • RP School of Sports Health and Leisure developed a high-tech test of balance and stability[22][23]
  • RP School of Engineering clinched medals from three categories in the 17th Singapore Robotic Games.[24][25][26]

Industry collaborationsEdit


List of websites blocked in Republic PolytechnicEdit


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  1. The Sunday Times: Education, Republic Polytechnic Singapore
  2. Channel News Asia: Republic Polytechnic Sees its Fifth and Largest Batch of Graduates
  3. Ministry of Education: Speech by Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, at the 1st Session of the 5th Graduation Ceremony of Republic Polytechnic
  4. Official Opening Ceremony of Republic Polytechnic
  5. Maki and Associates: Architecture and Planning
  6. BECA: Republic Polyechnic, Teaching Environment with Added Energy Efficiency
  7. WOW Vision: Republic Polytechnic Singapore, A Campus-wide Wireless Solution
  8. HardwareZone.xom: SingNet launches Wireless Campus Trial for Republic Polytechnic
  9. Green Journey without End
  10. BECA: Republic Polyechnic, Teaching Environment with Added Energy Efficiency
  11. Singapore Bags 5 ASEAN Energy Awards Singapore Bags 5 ASEAN Energy Awards
  12. Singapore Environment Council: Project Eco-office
  13. Past Eco Action Day
  14. President*s Design Award 2009
  15. World Architecture News: First ever Singapore Green Mark Platinum Award Awarded to Innovative Green Campus
  16. The Straits Times: Silk so Strong you Can Turn it into Bullet-proof Vests
  17. NUS Enterprise: Creating "Super" Silk
  18. Channel News Asia: RP Develops iPhone-based Portable Brain Control System
  19. [Republic Polytechnic Shines at IES Design 2011 Republic Polytechnic Shines at IES Design 2011]
  20. I-CREATe: Bangkok, Thailand
  21. The Straits Times: Republic Poly Opens Campus Restaurant Run by Students
  22. Channel News Asia: Ice Queen Michelle Kwan Tests her Balance at Republic Poly
  23. TODAY online: Michelle Kwan Tries Out 'Wobble Board' - Republic Poly Balance Test Set to Feature at Coming Sports Institute
  24. Singapore Robotic Games
  25. ChannelNewsAsia: Republic Poly's underwater robots take top spots in competition
  26. RP: Republic Polytechnic Makes a Clean Sweep of Medals in Autonomous Underwater Robotic category at Singapore Robotic Games 2010
  27. Republic Polytechnic & RWS team up on theme park management programme
  28. newsXinMsn: Republic Poly teams with Resorts World on theme park & attraction management programme
  29. Resorts World to offer training, internship, jobs to poly students
  30. MarinaBaySands: Marina Bay Sands announces scholarships for Ten Republic Polytechnic students
  31. IBM and Republic Polytechnic to Groom Mainframe Professionals in ASEAN
  32. ConvergenceAsia: IBM and Republic Poly to groom mainframe professionals
  33. ChannelNewsAsia: Republic Poly, S'pore Sports Council to develop sports professionals
  34. : Republic Poly and Singapore Sports Council sign MOU to develop sports professionals
  35. Asiaone: HTC to train poly students in mobile apps technology

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