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Established in 2000 after 7 years under the nurturing wings of the then Temasek Information Technology & Applied Science School (ITAS), the School has now evolved to become an institution that engages innovative ways to train and educate school leavers and the workforce, and carves niche applied research areas that benefit students, industries and the community. From its humble offering of the Food Science & Nutrition diploma first conducted in July 1995 at the Portsdown Road Campus, the School now offers 5 full-time diplomas in response to the dynamic changes in the vibrant food, F&B, chemical and life sciences industries.


In addition to full-time courses, the School also offers an array of part-time diploma and certificate courses for adult learners as well as customized short courses to meet the specialized needs of the industry.

Director's Message 2023

A very warm welcome to the School of Applied Science (ASC), our Seriously Fun school!

Some exciting new introductions coming our way this year …

  • First intake for our Common Science Programme (CSP) – CSP is recommended for students who would like a taster of the various diplomas at ASC before deciding

  • Hyflex classrooms as part of our digitalisation project, so that hybrid lessons can be conducted with good audio and visuals for students attending online and on-site

  • Rooftop Aquaponics Learning Enterprise (ALE) set up in conjunction with industry partner, Metro Farm

  • Chemical Pilot Plant for the Diploma in Chemical Engineering that features training for “working in confined spaces”, “biofuel production”, etc.

The signature areas that remain and continue to evolve …

  • School Architecture:
    • Year 1 – a year of Exploration through common subjects for everyone
    • Year 2 – a year of Specialisation in diploma core subjects
    • Year 3 – a year of Deepening or Cross-Training, where elective cluster options extend across diplomas and even schools

  • Several National and Training Centres with industry-funded projects:
    • Aquaculture Innovation Centre (AIC) - a national centre by Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
    • Centre for Aquaculture & Veterinary Science (CAVS) – comprising a fully licensed TP Animal Clinic & Wellness (TPACW), open to the public
    • Centre for Applied Nutrition Services (CANS) – comprising a training central kitchen and cafeteria, Bistro Lab, open to the public during school terms
    • Centre of Innovation for Complementary Health Products (COI-CHP) – a national centre by ESG to support innovation in traditional medicinal products, health supplements and functional foods
    • Centre for Research & Opportunities in Plant Science (CROPS) – part of ESG’s Urban Agriculture Centre of Innovation
    • Centre for Urban Sustainability (CUS) – part of ESG’s The Centre of Innovation for Built Environment – Advanced Materials (COIBE-AM)

  • Student Hub and Alumni Club – Started small in 2022, these facilities and associated activities are set to grow as we continue to grow students at the heart of ASC

  • Continuous Education & Training (CET) – Exciting courses, both long and short ones, continue to be rolled out for adult learners. Do check us out at https://tinyurl.com/TP-CET

See you around at Temasek Polytechnic, at our Seriously Fun school!



Goh Lay Beng (PhD)
Director, School of Applied Science

School Advisory Committee

Ms Fang Eu-Lin Chairman

Ms Farhana Mansoor Nakhooda

Senior Vice President,

Health Catalyst Asia Pacific

Ms Fang Eu-Lin Deputy Chairman

Dr Goh Lay Beng
School of Applied Science
Temasek Polytechnic

Ms Tan Siew Kim Member

Ms Lisa Liaw

Director Financial Controller

Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines

American Express

Ms Tan Siew Kim Member

Dr Chang Siow Foong

Group Director (Professional & Scientific Services),

Animal and Veterinary Service,

National Parks Board

Mr Tan Kai Hoe Member

Dr Cheng Wen Haur

Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Chief Life Sciences Officer,

Mandai Wildlife Group

Ms Tan Siew Kim Member

A/Prof Lita Chew

Group Director (Allied Health) SingHealth

Head of Pharmacy, National Cancer Centre Singapore

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore

Mr Desmond Lim Member

Ms Lee Hee Hoon

Director, Allied Health & Community Operations,

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Mr Desmond Lim Member

Dr Keith Lim

Group Head of Medical and Quality,

IHH Healthcare 


Mr Melvin Chow

Senior Director
Urban Food Solutions Division
Singapore Food Agency

Ms Tan Siew Kim Member

Mr Lu Jin Ping

President, American Concrete Institute Singapore Chapter

Managing Director, Hitchins International Pte. Ltd.

Mr Tan Kai Hoe Member

Er Lucas Ng Hong Kiang

Senior Advisor

Head of Sustainability

Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore Ptd. Ltd. 

Ms Fang Eu-Lin Member

Mr Mock Siew Fai

Site Leader

INEOS Phenol Singapore

Ms Fang Eu-Lin Member

Mr Sng Meng Liang

General Manager,

Aastar Pte Ltd

Ms Fang Eu-Lin Member

Mr Jeffrey Tan Choong Cher

Co-Founder (The New Age Fishmonger),


Ms Fang Eu-Lin Member

Mr John Cheng

Founder, Innovate 360 Pte. Ltd.

Co-Founder and Chairman, Feed9B 

Ms Fang Eu-Lin Member

Dr Ong Siew Kim

Senior Principal Medical Laboratory Scientist, Pathology

Sengkang General Hospital

Ms Fang Eu-Lin Member

Prof Paul Teng

Managing Director & Dean, 

National Institute of Education International Pte. Ltd., NTU



Feeding our Future: Building an Agri-Food Hub for all

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will be holding a public exhibition at SAFRA Choa Chu Kang from 2-6 September 2023 (Sat-Wed) to showcase the ongoing and future efforts to build up our industry’s capability and capacity to sustainably produce 30% of our nutritional needs by 2030 (i.e., ‘30x30’ goal) and secure a resilient food future for Singapore. Visitors can have a first look at the conceptual plans for Lim Chu Kang (Lim Chu Kang master plan) and learn about Singapore’s food history since the beginning, local farms/produce, modern farming technologies and agri-food related careers.


Click link or scan QR code for ASC’s Flyers for the exhibition: ASC’s Flyer for SFA Exhibition

Applied Science Show is an annual event organised by Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Applied Science (ASC) showcasing science and technology by the School with its industry partners.

Discover, learn, and experience through workshops (for secondary schools only), Exhibitions and ASC facilities tours & networking sessions.




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