Poly Forum

The Polytechnic Forum, an initiative which started in 1996, aims to provide a platform for polytechnic students to gain a deeper understanding of national issues through discussions and engagement with government and industry leaders.

Usually taking place in September each year, 60 selected students from each polytechnic will gather for a residential forum either overseas or locally. Participants will embrace their role as young Singaporeans as they glean meaningful insights from the discussions and propose ideas on how youths can help shape the future Singapore.  There will be learning journeys, speakers’ series and recreational segments during the forum. Participants will discuss and present their ideas and findings based on a given theme to a distinguished panel or Ministers at the Closing Ceremony.

Follow us at Instagram @polyforum to check out some snippets from the last Poly Forum hosted by SP.




Happening over four days from 14 to 17 September, Polytechnic Forum 2021 will take on a virtual format.  300 selected student delegates from the five polytechnics will examine Singapore’s response to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Singapore’s Voluntary National Review Report 2018 “Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Singapore” and SG Green Plan 2030. Another 300 student observers will be invited to selected segments throughout the forum for learning.

Key activities in the forum include an Introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Community Dialogues, Service-Learning Activities as well as the Ministerial Dialogue held on the final day of Poly Forum 2021 with Guest of Honour Minister for Education, Mr Chan Chun Sing.

The theme of Polytechnic Forum 2021 is ‘A Green, Sustainable & Resilient Singapore’. The forum delegates under the guidance of the facilitators will investigate Singapore’s contributions to United Nations’ SDGs through lenses of:

  • Voluntary National Review Report 2018 “Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Singapore”
  • Singapore Green Plan 2030
  • Impact of COVID-19 pandemic