Explore the RP Story

Since our inception in 2002, Republic Polytechnic (RP) has been at the forefront of introducing new and better ways to transform higher learning, inspiring our students to achieve outstanding accomplishments that go beyond academics.

More than a decade later, RP has come a long way in providing pathways for our students to discover their strengths, and cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship.

The evolution of Republic Polytechnic has been significant, as evident in the key milestones recorded here. 

2002

  • Start of Operations at temporary Tanglin campus; Republic Polytechnic (RP) was officially established one month later.

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  • Launch of RP Logo
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2003

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for Woodlands campus graced by RADM (NS) Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education
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  • Start of classes at Tanglin Campus for pioneer batch of 843 students in RP's three schools: School of Applied Science, School of Engineering and School of Information and Communications Technology (now known as School of Infocomm)
  • Achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 Certifications

2005

  • Launch of School of Technology for the Arts
  • Launch of School of Sports, Health and Leisure
  • President S R Nathan's first visit to RP. President Nathan made a subsequent visit on 22 July 2008

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  • The Republic Polytechnic Centre building was officially opened by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education

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2006

  • Official move to new Woodlands Campus
  • RP's inaugural Graduation Ceremony

  • RP Inaugural Graduation Ceremony

2007

  • Inaugural BRAG (Battle Republic Annual Games)

    Inaugural BRAG

  • Woodlands Campus was officially opened by PM Lee Hsien Loong. Official opening of The Republic Cultural Centre.
  • Inaugural Reflections Community Arts Festival

2008

  • Launch of School of Hospitality
  • Inaugural Momentum Dance Festival
  • Inaugural IGNITE! Music Festival - Passion and Compassion

  • Inaugural IGNITE! Music Festival - Passion and Compassion

2009

  • Signed the Memorandum of Agreement with Singapore Sports School

2010

  • Opening of Centre for Continuing Education and Training

  • Opening of Centre for Continuing Education and Training

2011

  • Launch of enhanced RP Logo
  • Awarded the Public Service Achievement Award

  • Public Service Announcement Award

2012

  • Launch of RP's 10th anniversary celebrations
  • Accreditation with The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE)
  • Launch of PBL Institute and One-Day, One-Problem: An Approach to Problem-based Learning book
  • Re-launch of Centre for Professional Development as the Academy for Continuing Education@RP and launch of first part-time diploma
  • Launch of the Centre for Enterprise and Communication*(Merger of Centre for Culture and Communication and Centre for Innovation and Enterprise) *now known as School of Management and Communication
  • Awarded Singapore Tourism Board Best Education Experience (Tourism and Hospitality Award 2012)
  • Opening Ceremony of The Aerospace Hub (ARCH)
  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam graced RP's 10th Anniversary Musical and Partners Appreciation Nite

  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam graced RP's 10th Anniversary Musical and Partners Appreciation Nite

2013

  • Official launch of the Centre of Innovation for Supply Chain Management


  • Official launch of the Centre of Innovation for Supply Chain Management

2014

  • Launch of Aquaria - A purpose-built research and learning facility for the growing aquaculture industry

  • Aquaria

2015

  • 28 RP students and 31 RP alumni participated and clinched a total of 41 medals in the 28th SEA Games, 436 volunteers, including staff and interns, were involved in the 2015 SEA Games.

    SEA Games Athletes

  • Celebrating Singapore's Golden Jubilee, more than 300 RP staff, students, alumni, trainers/coaches performed for the opening act - Chapter 1: Beginnings at National Day Parade 2015

2016

  • Clinched seven HR awards at the Singapore Human Resource Awards 2016

  • Clinched seven HR awards at the Singapore Human Resource Awards 2016

  • Official opening of Republic Polytechnic Industry Centre

2017

  • RP kicked off its 15th Anniversary Celebrations with the launch of two new facilities - a joint teaching retail pharmacy with NTUC Health Co-operative Ltd and UAV Training Centre
  • Pioneer batch of the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (now known as SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme) for RP’s Specialist Diploma in Supply Chain Management received their completion certificates
  • RP’s 12th graduation cohort of 4,389 Pre-employment Training students and 363 Continuing Education and Training adult learners

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  • School of Technology for the Arts’ Foley Arts Studio officially opened

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2018

  • RP Rain Garden unveiled, built in collaboration with national water agency PUB
  • Launched the first-ever SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programme (ELP) (now called SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme) leading to a Part-Time Diploma (PTD) in Applied Science (Environmental Services and Management).

    Environmental Services and Management

  • Officially opened the RP-PSA Experiential Lab

    RP-PSA Experiential Lab

  • Introduced three SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes (now called SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme) to meet the needs of a rapidly-expanding digital economy - Specialist Diploma in Digital Content Creation for Business, Specialist Diploma in Digital Business, and Specialist Diploma in Cloud Architecting and Management
  • Opened a new learning facility for lifelong learning courses at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Paya Lebar

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2019

  • Launched RP-LTA Rail Operations Management Lab and RP-RSA-Ensign Cyber Threat Intelligence Centre 

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  • Officially opened the RP revamped Student Care Centre and Assistive Technology Library
  • Jointly launched Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Informatics and Analytics with Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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  • Held inaugural RP Digitalisation Day, focusing on three key areas - analytics, automation and infrastructure.
  • Collaborated with 8 Institutes of Higher Learning in Indonesia to upskill vocational and polytechnic education trainers, and enhance capabilities of technical education in e-commerce and e-logistics.