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ABB boosts energy efficiency education at Singapore Polytechnic



ABB boosts energy efficiency education at Singapore Polytechnic

Singapore, July 24, 2015Collaboration with tertiary institution to prepare future engineers with holistic and industry-relevant skills for the energy sector.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has inked a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to advance hands-on training for the next generation of engineering professionals. The MOU will enable a comprehensive education in energy efficiency technology and management, complementing classroom teaching and demonstrating the real-world application of energy efficiency.

The five-year joint investment of around S$350,000 includes internship opportunities and the establishment of an Energy Efficiency Learning Lab to enhance the skills and knowledge of the polytechnic’s students and staff in line with the nation’s SkillsFuture Programme.

According to the Energy Market Authority (EMA), Singapore will need 10,000 technical professionals across the energy sector to maintain its economic growth over the next 10 years1. The challenges of increasing market demand and ageing workforce, coupled with the government’s direction towards a ‘Smart Nation’, prompted an urgent need for young energy management professionals who are able to integrate and manage multiple energy systems and technologies.

Through this collaboration, selected students will embark on a 22-week enhanced internship programme with experienced ABB engineers as mentors. Students will work on projects encompassing designing, managing and integrating energy systems, and have the opportunity to have exposure and experience to ABB’s portfolio in power and automation, helping to realize their potential and enabling them to be well-placed in a changing energy and industrial landscape.

Singapore has made a pledge to stabilize and limit its yearly greenhouse gas emissions to about 65 million tonnes by 2030. This is part of the country's contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat. More efficient use of energy across industries, utilities, transportation and buildings will contribute significantly to this commitment.2

A learning platform that serves to enrich curriculum and better engage students in coursework combining theory with practical training, the Energy Efficiency Learning Lab is equipped with high-efficiency motors, drives, power meters and circuit breakers that monitor power quality and perform energy management, enabling the evolution of smart grids on SP’s campus. Each year, close to 1,000 full-time engineering diploma students, and existing energy professionals under the Continuing Education and Training (CET) framework, will benefit from the facility through designing, managing and maintaining these energy systems and technologies, empowering them to develop work-ready competencies. Educator training will also ensure that industry- specific knowledge remains at global standards.

“Increasing energy efficiency offers the greatest potential for reducing CO2 emissions, and energy efficiency improvements could deliver half the cuts in emissions needed to slow global warming over the next 25 years. As well as helping our customers directly, we are proud to be contributing to the Singapore effort through engineering education, helping industries to foster sustainable and innovative approaches to energy efficient technologies for future generations to come,” said Johan de Villiers, country managing director of ABB in Singapore.

“The collaboration with ABB is a significant milestone for Singapore Polytechnic, especially in the area of nurturing students from both the Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Diploma in Energy Systems and Management to contribute to Singapore’s continued success. I am confident that the practical internship experience at ABB and the latest high-tech facility will further enhance our student learning experience,” said Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal of Singapore Polytechnic.


The Memorandum of Understanding is a continuation of ABB’s long-standing relationship with Singapore Polytechnic to encourage educational excellence in engineering. In addition to this latest development, ABB plays important roles on the Advisory Panel of the Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC), and on the Advisory Committees of the School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering and the School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.




For more information please contact:


Singapore Polytechnic

Corporate Communications Officer Frank Chua

Tel: +65 6870 7043


ABB Singapore Media Relations Lucian Lee

Tel: +65 6776 5711




About Singapore Polytechnic (

Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 48 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.

The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready. SP has more than 184,000 graduates and among them are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multi-national and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government.

SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.


About ABB

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.

ABB has had a strong presence in South East Asia since the early 1900s and now employs over 5000 employees across 6 countries. It was established in Singapore in 1971 and has grown to a staff strength of over 1200, across four offices islandwide.


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