Our Philosophy


As the world becomes increasingly challenged by global warming and complex issues, the Faculty of Engineering has defined a new paradigm in education. An alternative learning pathway, the Design-Centric Programme (DCP) was launched in 2009, providing a platform for learning that brings together engineering, form, function, aesthetics, culture and lifestyle. In 2016, the DCP was enhanced with a dose of innovation and enterprise via the Innovation & Design-Centric Programme (iDCP). The iDCP gives students a broader scope to realize and capture value from their ideas. Through the design process, students learn to create solutions from multi-disciplinary perspectives. They are encouraged to challenge current assumptions of how people interact with products and to critically evaluate the ability of current products and services to serve the needs of people. Students adopt a user-centred approach to understand, visualise and describe users in the context of how people live, work and play. iDCP will take students further by allowing them to explore and plan business start-ups.

In 2017, the programme reached a third milestone. It was formalized as a Second Major and renamed as the Innovation & Design Programme (iDP). We are now open to students outside of Engineering, thus becoming a truly multi-disciplinary programme. We look forward to welcoming students from other parts of the NUS campus to join our students in their classes.

iDP Project Showcase 2018

A project showcase organized by Innovation & Design Programme (iDP).

NUS FSAE R18 ranked 12th worldwide

The NUS FSAE R18 race car has crossed the finish line with our Singapore and NUS flags flying high! They have been ranked 12th out of 118 teams participating this year’s competition held in Michigan from 9 to 12 May 2018. They have also achieved top-10 rankings in the following categories: engineering drawing, brake design, engineering design, acceleration event, and business presentation.

iDP student shares passion for storytelling at TEDxFuxingPark conference in Shanghai

Year 3 NUS Mechanical Engineering student Amos Heng shared his lifelong passion for storytelling with more than 200 guests at the TEDxFuxingPark conference on 21 April in Shanghai, China. TEDxFuxingPark is an independently organised TEDx event dedicated to providing a platform for the sharing of ideas to spark conversation and help communities.

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R18 revs up for success in Michigan, USA

R18, the latest NUS Formula SAE (FSAE) race car, was unveiled on 28 March 2018 at the NUS Alumni House among faculty staff, students, close friends, supporters, former teammates and sponsors. The team of fifteen engineering undergraduates will be pitting themselves against more than 100 teams from around the world at the annual Formula SAE International Challenge held in Michigan, USA (9 – 12 May 2018).

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Grand Challenge Scholars 2018 from NUS

The second batch of Grand Challenge Scholars from NUS has completed the program and will be graduating this year!

The Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) aims to prepare students to be the generation taht solves the grand challenges facing society in this century. It is a program endorsed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the United States and is open to NUS students through the Innovation & Design Programme(iDP).

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