We are taking steps to remake NTU education that is defined by two interrelated pillars – interdisciplinarity learning, and experiential & collaborative learning.
The Interdisciplinary Learning Pillar
With emphasis on interdisciplinary, we aim to imbue our students, right from the start of their NTU education, with an acute awareness on the inter-connectedness of world conundrums; be it food-water-energy risk or climate change etc.; which are challenges demanding interdisciplinary approaches to access the right resources for designing sustainable solutions.
The development of transferable skills which are critical to manoeuvre through job changes, is another key focus of the interdisciplinary learning. Transferable skills refer to soft skills that are portable to any industry or job. Communication, creativity, critical thinking, design thinking, systems thinking, complex problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills are all examples of key transferable skills. Development of transferable skills in NTU Education can provide our graduates with a competitive edge in gaining potential employment opportunities.
The Experiential and Collaborative Learning Pillar
We will expand the avenues for experiential and collaborative learning; inspiring undergraduates to engage in "disruptions" scenarios in their learning journey, such that they develop an innate desire to explore and create, and an incisive attitude towards risk taking.
Students will be empowered and given resources to experiment with design thinking and attempt at creating solutions for real-life problems that matter to them. And through teamwork comprising students from different disciplines, we aim to offer a prelude to how dynamic collaborations enable a positive environment to prosper with potential new interdisciplinary knowledge to be gained and opportunity for greater innovations.
What are the ingredients in NTU Education?
….an interdisciplinary education that empowers students to shape and direct their learning journey,
one that promotes higher-order thinking, problem-solving skills and innovation with real-world applications;
nurtures cultural, ethical and global sensitivity and reflectivity through self-awareness;
fosters the drive to learn for life through the co-creation of learning environments by students and faculty, and experiential and collaborative learning with co-curricular and industry partners,
so as to prepare students for the future of work and community… "
The Three Enablers
The two pillars will be enabled by three interweaving key enablers, which are inter-dependent with one another in order to help students thrive and flourish in their NTU education journey.
First, there will be dedicated efforts on faculty recruitment of interdisciplinary scholars.
Second, the career path for faculty on educator track will be enhanced.
And third, a new Institute for Pedagogical Innovation, Research and Excellence (InsPIRE) will be established to amalgamate current expertise on learning technologies, pedagogies, teaching practices and science of learning. InsPIRE will lead pedagogical and innovation developments, such as assessments on collaborative learning, interdisciplinary learning, large class facilitation and learning etc. The Institute will also research into the parameters and assessments for collaborative skills in curriculum and co-curriculum that can be implemented university wide.