2) Why is ISE being introduced?
3) Does NTU offer the same degree programme?
4) Does ISE offer Part-Time BEng (Ind & Sys Eng) programme?
5) Is BEng (Ind & Sys Eng) offered to polytechnic graduates?
6) What is ISE unique?
7) Is BEng (Ind & Sys Eng) a professional degree?
8) This is a new course in the local university scene. How would employers react to industrial and systems engineers as compared to mechanical, chemical, electrical engineers?
9) What is the career path for an IE Engineer?
10) How can I apply to ISE?
11) What will be evaluated during the streaming exercise (common engineering)?
12) How can I find out more about the ISE programme?
Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) is a discipline built on a collection of methodological tools brought together to effect an integrated or "total" approach to problem-solving in engineering and management, with productivity improvement as its overall objective.
As our Singapore economy progresses, productivity issues become more prevalent due to rising labor and land costs, and scarce resources. This leads to the importance of developing engineering process that is efficient to address the cost and competitiveness issues.
Design of engineering process is now becoming equally important, if not more important, comparing to designing of engineering products. To meet the challenges ahead, the launching of the BEng (Ind & Sys Engrg) is being introduced and it’s approved by the University and Ministry of Education.
NUS is the only University in Singapore that is offering a BEng (Ind & Sys Eng) programme.
At the moment, BEng (Ind & Syst Engrg) is only available as a full-time programme.
Yes. The information of the relevant diploma programme can be found from the Office of Admission, http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/apply/catb/require.htm
Unlike the traditional engineering disciplines which offer hard technologies on products, ISE looks at the process in totality, that is, looks at the system level and determines how one can select and integrate these new technologies to form an overall process that is able to increase productivity or systems efficiency, or reduce the overall cost. These techniques are highly quantitative in nature and students have to undergo proper tertiary level training to acquire these skills.
BEng (Ind & Sys Eng) is the Professional degree.
The BEng (ISE) programme was launched in 2001. The global trend has created the condition of increasing system complexity in which the need for integrative skills becomes more important. The training of the ISE graduates equipped them with the skills to create new opportunities and value in bringing diverse elements together on account of their systems mindset. In fact, our MEng (graduate degree) graduates have built strong reputations in both manufacturing and service industries. Versatility is a trait of ISE graduates.
ISE professionals are very prevalent in both the manufacturing and service sectors. The application of ISE techniques are not restricted to only specific technological or industrial problems and can be found in a wide range of areas related to manufacturing and engineering industries, logistics industry, defence industry in related to support of military operations, and service industry.
Based on a survey conducted by the Department, on the first batch of ISE students who graduated in 2005, almost all the BEng (ISE) graduates attained employment in various established corporations within three months of their graduation. They are employed in diverse industries ranging from financial and consultancy services to the electronics and chemical manufacturing sectors such as Accenture, Asia Pacific Breweries, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, IBM and Shell Eastern Petroleum. 90% of the graduates have indicated that the ISE qualification and training have helped them to obtain and perform in their present jobs.
The quick assimilation of our new graduates into the workforce in reputable companies is a testament of the quality and demand of ISE practitioners in today’s working environment. The details on the first job held by the first batch of ISE students can be found at http://www.ise.nus.edu.sg/apply/beng-direct-entry-careerprospect.html.
In the admission application form, prospective students are given a choice between direct admission into ISE and Common Engineering. Students who have gone into Common Engineering will participate in a streaming exercise at the end of year 1 studies. You can apply at the following website: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/apply/.
During the streaming exercise, the Faculty of Engineering will stream the students based on their academic record in the Year 1 examination, and student's choice of discipline.
You can visit our Department website at www.ise.nus.edu.sg/index.php for more details. Alternatively, you can e-mail to us at