The partnership aims to elevate engineering knowledge and skills in robotics, automation, and other emerging technologies for power, rail, and manufacturing industries among SP staff, students, and adult learners.
On 2 November 2023 (Thursday), Singapore Polytechnic (SP), in collaboration with ShenHao (Singapore), launched the Robotics Solutions Development Centre (RSDC) at the Regional Industry Networking Conference (RINC) 2023.
As shared, SP is the first local Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) here that ShenHao — the local subsidiary of Chinese enterprise Hangzhou ShenHao Technology is collaborating with.
The RSDC was built to facilitate knowledge, tech, and market exchange between industry and academia and grants SP staff, students, and adult learners access to cutting-edge industry equipment and expert insights, enhancing their learning and research contributions in ShenHao-led projects.
These participants visit ShenHao's global facilities to explore the latest robotics and automation tech, and SP staff and students will collaborate with ShenHao's team to create tailored AI-driven robotic solutions for local and regional industry needs.
The Centre is expected to see approximately 300 pre-employment training students from SP's Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) & Diploma in Engineering with Business courses, and 40 Continuing Education & Training (CET) learners benefiting per academic year.
As Singapore embraces Industry 4.0 with a focus on robotics and automation, SP graduates with modern technical skills will boost industry competitiveness and staff will also be ready to support industries in this transition, it was affirmed.
RINC 2023 announced new international partnerships for SP students' overseas exposure, including a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Politeknik Negeri Batam (Indonesia) and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Sunway University (Malaysia) & Chongqing University (China).
These partnerships strengthen SP's commitment to sustainability and equip staff and students from these IHLs to assist companies worldwide in utilising technology for sustainable innovation.
The collaboration between SP and Sunway University will leverage their respective sustainability expertise to offer students cross-border education and hands-on experience in addressing sustainability challenges.
SP's collaboration with Chongqing University (CQU) will allow SP students the opportunity to engage in CQU projects or go on industry attachments, where they can leverage their knowledge to value-add while learning from these experiences.
Together with Politeknik Negeri Batam (Polibatam), an Indonesian polytechnic in Batam, and SP, students from both parties can deepen students' grasp of using technology for real-world challenges and customizing solutions for their local industries, enhancing their readiness for future roles.
Principal & CEO of SP Soh Wai Wah commented: "Our partnership with ShenHao is a strategic one between industry and academia.
"It aims at enhancing our curriculum and bolstering the talent pipeline in the robotics and automation sector", he added.