Collaboration 101: MacVicar Day Examines the MIT-SUTD Partnership

Published in MIT News on March 31, 2015, by Elizabeth Durant, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

MacVicar Day examines MIT’s unique partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design.

On January 25, 2010, before signing a formal collaboration agreement between MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), then-MIT President Susan Hockfield said, “Our role will be extensive and direct. MIT faculty will be involved at every stage, from developing new curricula to helping with early deployment, assisting with mentoring, career development programs, and conducting major joint research projects. We also look forward to numerous opportunities for student exchanges and collaborations.”

MacVicar Day 2015Five years later, that vision has come to fruition. SUTD is up and running, with over 1,000 students and 101 course offerings, 94 of which were contributed by MIT. More than 100 Institute faculty — or roughly 10 percent overall — have participated in developing SUTD’s education and research programs. Yet, as panelists attested at the MacVicar Day symposium on March 13, it certainly hasn’t been a one-way street; MIT-SUTD has also greatly enriched education and research at MIT.

The symposium, “Undergraduate Education Goes Global: Learning from the MIT-SUTD Collaboration,” was part of MacVicar Day, an annual celebration of the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program. Dean for Undergraduate Education Dennis M. Freeman opened the program by recognizing the four 2015 Fellows, selected for excellence in undergraduate teaching...

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