Situated in Tampines next to the idyllic Bedok Reservoir, Temasek Polytechnic is a leading institution of higher learning in Singapore. Established in April 1990, we have since gained a reputation for being the most vibrant polytechnic around.
The TP family is a caring one, held together by the poly-wide system known as the Campus Care Network where lecturers and students provide support for each others' needs. Many graduates still keep in contact with the close friends they have made during their years here.
In a speech he made in June 1989, Dr Tony Tan (then the Minister for Education) praised polytechnic education and announced that a third polytechnic "was being seriously considered".
That was us.
TP's first four diploma courses were in graphic design, product design, interior design and business.
The design courses were programmes originally conducted at BVI a reputable forerunner in design education in Singapore. The Diploma in Business was created from scratch, together with a new School of Business in TP.
By our second year, we introduced new courses in electronics, information technology, mechatronics, tourism management and logistics & operations management.
Within five years, TP grew rapidly and acquired three more campuses at Kim Seng, Bukit Merah and Portsdown Road for a total of five satellite campuses. Our number of first-choice applicants increased from 735 in 1990 to 5,443 in 1995.
Finally in September 1995, we moved to our permanent and current location in Tampines - a state-of-the-art 30-hectare campus set beside Bedok Reservoir.
For the first time, over 6,500 staff and students were brought together under one roof.
The polytechnic continued to grow and as of 2013, our student population stands at over 15,000 and staff population at nearly 1,700. TP now offers 46 diploma courses across six schools.
In 2012, we undertook a large-scale campus development project to expand our capacity and cater to the needs of a growing TP community.
We have since built an entirely new South Wing, drastically upgraded our Auditorium Foyer and entrance and many more improvements, with others upgrades still being made.
For more than 25 years, TP has managed to meet both the changing needs in Singapore's industries as well as the interests of students. We stand today as a forerunner in technical education in Singapore.