Singapore's 4th Multi-Disciplinary University
Hot on the heels of my recent post Blueprint for Design Education 2.0, is the announcement of Singapore’s 4th University that has a niche focus on Engineering, Design and Business.
With a target of 2,500 students a year, it will “…take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, for instance, combining engineering and design or engineering and business so that graduates will go beyond having core knowledge in just one discipline.”
I belief this is a great step forward for the country and for the creation of graduates suitable for any profession that requires multi-disciplinary influences. There are a lot actually these days.
Not only that, this University seems to foster the idea and the development of “T” shaped people, who also can be a huge asset to any organization.
Just to expand on this personality, Tim Brown of IDEO describes T-Shaped people as:
“people who are so inquisitive about the world that they’re willing to try to do what you do. We call them “T-shaped people.” They have a principal skill that describes the vertical leg of the T—they’re mechanical engineers or industrial designers.
But they are so empathetic that they can branch out into other skills, such as anthropology, and do them as well. They are able to explore insights from many different perspectives and recognize patterns of behavior that point to a universal human need”.
Also, too many education institutions have Schools that suffer from egos that prevent them from seeing the advantages of a multi-disciplinary working and learning environment. I believe Singapore’s 4th university got it right by building the multi-disciplinary foundation from the start, rather than forcing the different Schools to work together.
I hope they will offer an Industrial Design course, as this sort of learning environment will be perfect for it. If so, you will probably be seeing me as one of the first teaching there as soon as they open. I will be closely watching the development of the curriculum for sure.
Via: The Straits Times