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Dyson and NTU launch joint engineering studio for aspiring technopreneurs



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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Dyson have launched a joint engineering studio on 27 August, Dyson’s first on-campus engineering studio in Asia.

Dyson will be contributing S$500,000 to the Studio for a period of five years. Led by Dyson engineers and NTU professors, the Studio will simulate Dyson’s working environment and its research and development processes.

The semester-long undergraduate course module will be co-taught by the two partners, with the aim to provide NTU’s engineering students access to advanced prototyping equipment such as high-resolution 3D printers and digital fabrication facilities to help them turn their ideas into viable solutions.

Titled Product Development Challenge module, the students will be guided by NTU professors and Dyson engineers, and test technology prototypes’ viability on the NTU Smart Campus. Starting this academic year, up to 20 NTU engineering students will enrol in this module each semester.

 

Professor Louis Phee, dean of NTU’s College of Engineering, said: “With close guidance from NTU professors and Dyson engineers, our students will learn the essentials of transnational research, and develop their ideas into useful solutions to benefit industry and society. A new batch of technopreneurs may emerge from this joint initiative.”

The Studio builds upon an existing Dyson-NTU partnership, which includes local and overseas internships for students, and graduate recruitment opportunities.

Scott Maguire, VP for global engineering and operations, Dyson, said: “Like the UK, Singapore needs engineers. More importantly, it needs industry-ready engineers. Our job is therefore to create exciting new opportunities for young people here, igniting a passion in them to make new technology that solves a problem, to create an original product and design it well.”

In his speech, he added: “There is no quick fix or cheap approach. Investing in young people, like technologies, requires many leaps of faith and huge financial commitments over long periods. The Singapore education is one of the world’s leading and it’s no coincidence that we set up here more than 10 years ago because of the talent we know we can get here.

“But we also know it is our job to provide them an opportunity to pick up critical and practical knowledge of what being an engineer means.”

The module is already fully subscribed. Dyson is in talks with NTU to expand the use of the Studio to students from other disciplines such as business and humanities.

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