Nanyang Technological University

FAQ

Curriculum

1. Briefly describe the curriculum for the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP).

REP provides a broad-based, interdisciplinary engineering education, which integrates engineering, science, business, technology management and humanities. Students learn the fundamental courses in engineering and science, business, management, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and ethics, developing a strong scientific foundation. These then lead to studies on more specialised engineering skills in a particular discipline of the students' choice and business know-how relevant to particular areas of study. The curriculum is thus uniquely designed to nurture engineering leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve society with integrity and excellence. It is a dual degree that is obtained in 4.5 years.

Students also undergo an intensive, rigorous and structured leadership program unique to REP entitled "REAL" (Renaissance Engineers Advance in Leadership).

2. What is the name of the degree and who will award the degree?

Students will be awarded a Bachelor of Engineering Science with specialisation in a particular engineering discipline coupled with a Master of Science in Technology Management. The Bachelor is awarded by the College of Engineering, while the Master is awarded by Nanyang Business School.

3. What is the difference between REP and taking engineering with a 2nd major in Business?

REP is a premier engineering programme to nurture students as future leaders of industry. It provides a broad-based, interdisciplinary engineering education integrating engineering, science, business, technology management and humanities.  It allows one to obtain dual degrees within 4.5 years: a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Engineering Specialisation) and a Master of Science (Technology Management). Engineering and Business subjects are taken by students from Year 1.  In Years 4 and 5, there is also a leadership skills development programme. Students spend Year 3 overseas at one of the renowned overseas partner universities. 

REP integrates engineering and business together in its curriculum and courses. For example, in Fundamentals of Management, management principles are examined in the context of engineering and high technology companies and students work on team projects that require students to integrate engineering knowledge and design with business model innovation. In the Special Projects module in the Master of Science in Technology Management program, students get to work with different start-ups and address real life business issues.
 
4. Would the curriculum in REP be too generalised and not specialised enough to get a job when the students graduate?

Students would be exposed to a strong foundation in both Engineering and Business and they also take on a specialisation during the course. As a result, they will acquire both technical and management skills and knowledge which will ease them into their first job.

5. Can students just graduate with a BSC (Engineering Management) in their chosen specialisation, and exit from the program without proceeding to do the MSc?

Students will need to complete the MSc programme as part of the course requirements.

6. Can students take a "gap year" off to pursue personal interests in the REP?

We would like to encourage students to consider performing the personal development during the long holiday periods or if not, to withdraw the current year's application and apply again next year. We would like to assure that the withdrawal or non-acceptance will not affect the student's chances next year.
 

Pedagogy

7. What is the pedagogy adopted in REP?

Lessons are conducted in Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy, which provides a transformational, highly interactive and learner-driven educational experience. This new approach enhances the learning of soft-skills such as teamwork and leadership and influencing skills. It also helps to improve the overall learning experience and effectiveness of the learning of the course content.
 
8. REP adopts Team-Based Learning pedagogy, will it take up a lot of time to prepare for lessons each time?

TBL can be considered a subset of flipped classroom. Instead of attending passive lectures and spending time outside of class to work on tutorial questions and going through solutions in classes, students prepare for classes by going through materials such as interactive video segments, readings and self-paced exercises first. When attending class, students first work on individual questions to check the understanding of the pre-class materials, then work in teams on the same questions to confirm their grasp on the content. Students will further work on more complex questions as a team to offer the solution. Thus, the time spent in class and outside class will be similar, and it allows more self-paced study.
 
Specialisation

9. What are the areas of specialisation students can choose from? Is there a quota for each of the specialisation?

There are 10 areas for students to choose from: Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

There is no quota set by the Engineering Schools.

10. Which is the most popular specialisation?

Popular choices are Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. Other popular choices include Civil Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 

11. When must students indicate their specialisation as well as their place of study in Year 3?

Students have to indicate their choice of specialisation at the end of Year 1.

Overseas University

12. Are there any plans, in the near or foreseeable future, to extend the list of schools (beyond Berkeley, Imperial, Northwestern and British Columbia) that NTU collaborates with, that REP students might be able to spend their 3rd year in?

We are planning on the fifth university.

13. What are the primary differences between the overseas universities in the US (Berkeley and Northwestern), London (Imperial) and Vancouver (University of British Columbia)?

REP students should expect differences in culture and environment during their experiences in Berkeley, Northwestern, Imperial and University of British Columbia. Before you make a decision, it is advisable to talk to seniors who have already been to these places. In addition, there are resources available online that reflect the academic strengths of the different schools. By taking a holistic approach to evaluate, REP students will be able to decide on the place that best suits their needs. In terms of internship arrangement, students heading to Imperial and Northwestern will start their internship before the start of their 3rd academic year while those in Berkeley and British Columbia will do it at the end of their 3rd academic year. 

14. Can one take more courses or change modules when overseas?
 
REP values the vast experiences from different culture, people, business environment and geography – these are deemed to be equally important and hence would discourage students to change courses or take more modules. Do not be crammed with a lot of intense new curriculum. It is by intentional design that REP looks at modules mapping carefully with the overall objective kept in focus.
 
Internship
 
15. What kind of internship opportunities can students enjoy?

Students can do their internship in US, UK or Europe. The IO can be self-sourced or placed by the Career Attachment Office. It can be in private organisations, start-ups, research institutes or research departments in an overseas university. Examples of organisations which students had interned include Bayer, Pfizer, 3M, BMW, Rolls-Royce and McLaren Applied Technologies, just to name a few.

16. Can one do a local internship?

Students will be able to do a 10-week internship in USA, UK or Europe. However, if you are on an external scholarship (eg. BCA, LTA), depending on the needs of the organisation sponsoring the scholarship, some may have to fulfil their internship locally.
 
17. Can students take on more than one internship in the REP?
 
Only one internship is counted as part of curriculum requirement.  However, students can have the option to do extra non-credit during their summer holidays, especially between Year 4 and 5.

18. How are students linked up with the companies for internships?
 
NTU Career Attachment Office is the party that will help in the internship process.  The IO can be self-sourced or placed by the Career Attachment Office. Students who wish to source for their own internship will have to submit the respective documents to CAO by the stipulated deadline. Depending on the nature of the internship, students may or may not be paid during the course of the internship. REP students should be reminded that a salary is a bonus and the primary objective of an overseas internship is to get the necessary workplace experience. The contacts made might also be helpful in their future career. The internship will be awarded at the end with an S/U grading.
 
Career and Employment
 
19. The pioneer batch of REP students graduated in 2015. What is the employment rate of REP graduates?
 

The first batch of students graduated in 2015. We have attained 100% employment for the pioneer batch. Every student has been able to secure good jobs in aviation, defence, manufacturing, oil and gas and biomedical industries. Some examples of positions include Software Engineer, Research Engineer and Design Engineer.

20. What skills can a REP student bring to his/her job? 

REP is a broad-based programme. Skills such as engineering, communication and teamwork are particularly useful for your first job. The broad-based education in REP offers a good launchpad for those starting in their first jobs. Other than the technical knowledge they bring to their first job, they will also be able to tap on their business knowledge such as accounting, management and financial management and play an effective role in balancing both the technical and business aspects on the first job.

Students' Learning Experience

21. How is the REP students' learning experience like?

REP is committed to enhancing the REP students' learning experience in the areas of character building, personal development and leadership skills development. It works closely with the REP Club to co-organise events, or to provide mentorship and support to student-initiated activities. Some examples of student-initiated activities include Makers' Lab which is an ongoing project for students to create, innovate, invent gadgets, products and systems; RE-Play which is an annual showcase of talent in sports and performing arts and RE-Hangout, a platform for students to share their interests and expertise in various areas such as photography. In addition to this, REP students also have an opportunity to be involved in social entrepreneurships as well as opportunities to take part in business plan competitions in NTU, Singapore and overseas (eg. Shell 360 ideas).
 
Types of Scholarship
 

22. What is the difference between CN Yang scholarship and Renaissance Scholarship?

CN Yang focuses more on educating students towards a research career, with more courses and training in research activities. REP provides broad-based interdisciplinary engineering education and to nurture students as future leaders of industry.  There is an overseas experience in the 3rd year for REP. The scholarship provisions include enrolment and tuition fees at the partner university, return airfare, overseas allowance of S$5,000 and overseas accommodation and meals/meal allowance at partner university and official duration of the industrial orientation/internship.

23. Can we take up external company's scholarship even when we are holding on to REP/NYS/College scholarship?

Yes, but the existing scholarship will cease once the company scholarship takes effect. The company or student will not have to back-pay whatever that has already been spent to the university. 

24. Is the scholarship adequate to cover costs of overseas year? What would be out-of-pocket expenses? 

Most of the expenses will be covered but students will need to fork out some out-of-pocket expenses for their meals and travel expenditure.

25. Do students need to maintain a minimum of cGPA to keep the scholarship?

Students need to maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.75 (For offers made from AY2017 onwards)  to keep the scholarship.

Accreditation

26. Are there plans for international accreditation for the Renaissance Engineering Programme?

We have completed our provisional accreditation by EAB. The feedback from the panel during the evaluation visit has been very positive. We are working towards full accreditation in 2018.

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