Introduction to Smart Cities



Course Objectives

The world is rapidly urbanizing. Cities around the world are becoming increasingly popular as economic powerhouses and magnets for migrants from the countryside, suburban areas and other parts of the world. All big cities have to cope with high population density and other challenges such as air pollution or traffic congestion. How do we pack more people into big cities and yet continue to achieve a high quality of life? How do we create and manage ‘good cities’ which are safe, spacious, green, connected, fair and resilient?

The key lies in creating a smart city through good planning and governance, and leveraging on new technologies to create a place where people can live, play and work well. This course aims to provide an overview of the EU Smart City Framework and uses examples and mini case studies to illustrate the different components of the framework.

Course Outline

DAY 1  (AM): Introduction

Overview Urban Planning Urban Planning
What is a Smart City? What is urban planning?
Mega City vs. Smart City Why is it important?
Smart city frameworks & models Examples of good urban planning and useful tools
EU Smart City Model Role of urban planning in smart city governance

DAY 1  (PM):  Smart Mobility

Categories of land transportation Road planning & design, traffic management
Teleworking: technology enablers Cycling cities (e.g. Copenhagen)
Policy issues related to public transport Bus networks
Driverless cars (technology, legal & ethics) Train networks


DAY 2  (AM): People & Living

Smart People Smart Living
Qualifications, lifelong learning Infrastructure – housing, education, tourism
Open mindedness, flexibility Health conditions, Individual safety
Creativity Mini case study: underground homes

DAY 2  (PM):  Environment, Economy & Governance

Categories of land transportation Road planning & design, traffic management
Pollution, Environmental protection Defining strategic objectives, master plan
Smart Economy Mini case study: NYC 311
  • Entrepreneurship, IPR
  • Flexibility of the labor market
  • Ability to transform
Public Private Partnerships (PPP)

Suitable for

All working adults who are working in IT, engineering, business or planning aspects of smart cities. Also for those who are keen to learn more about this popular new topic.

Assumed Skills and Knowledge

A polytechnic diploma or university degree would be ideal.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

Certificate of Attendance.

Profile of Trainer

Mr Kan Siew Ning started his career with the Defence Science Organisation (DSO) in 1985 and has worked in several government agencies including IDA and DSTA. Before he left government service to go into part-time teaching in 2011, he was Director of Police Technology Department from 2004 to 2011. As an adjunct faculty, he has taught in the NTU MSc (Knowledge Management) programme, in NUS CNM and ISS, and currently in the SMU business and IT schools. He has received three adjunct teaching awards from SMU.

He co-teaches a Smart City module in the SMU School of Business, and another Systems for Intelligent Cities module in the SMU School of Information Systems. In SMU, he also teaches Robots & Drones, Leadership & Team Building, HR Information Systems, and Public Sector Systems.

He also held Exco appointments in the Information & Management Society ( including President. Siew Ning is the author of Practical Knowledge Management (2013), and co-editor of Thinking, Learning & Training – Practical Perspectives (2016).

Funding Incentives

National Sliver Academy Funding

Participants must be Singaporean aged 50 and above in the year of course commencement.
Funding will be reimbursed to eligible participant after course confirmation.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at

Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
a) For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy
Blk T1A, Level 1
Mon-Fri: 8:30am to 7:30pm

c) Please make cheques payable to “Singapore Polytechnic”. Please cross the cheque and write the Registration Reference ID, Applicant Name and NRIC/FIN number on the back of the cheque. Mail the cheque to:

Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy
500 Dover Road
Blk T1A, Level 1
Singapore 139651

Please note that an administrative charge of $15 will be imposed for any returned cheques from the bank or financial institution.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

3. Withdrawal and Deferment

Withdrawal and deferment notice must be made in writing to the Professional & Adult Continuing Education (PACE) Academy, Singapore Polytechnic via email accordingly:

Online Courses -
All other

For withdrawal cases, the portion of course fee to be refunded is based on the date of notice as follows:


  • 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - Full refund
  • Less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% refund
  • On or after date of commencement - No refund


  • There will be no refund or transfer of course once the account has been created.

The Singapore Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses. Applicants will be duly notified and where applicable, the full fees will be refunded.

The Singapore Polytechnic also reserves the right to amend the fees charged or the period and duration of the courses.

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Course Date:
18- 19 Jan 2018

Registration Closing Date:
03 Jan 2018

*Registration may be closed once seats are filled up



Duration: 2 days

Venue: Singapore Polytechnic

Time: 9am to 5pm



Fees Payable:
$535 (inclusive of GST)

For Seniors (Singaporean who aged 50 and above):
$285 (inclusive of GST)

Please see Funding Incentives for more information.


By E-Payment (VISA / Master credit/debit cards/ Internet Banking)

Please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed


Please make the payment at:

Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy
Blk T1A, Level 1
Mon-Fri: 8:30am to 8:00pm


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