Historical Milestones

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. 

Year 2002
  • Start of Operations at temporary Tanglin campus; Republic Polytechnic (RP) was officially established one month later.
  • Launch of RP Logo
Year 2003
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for Woodlands campus graced by RADM (NS) Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education
  • 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
Year 2005
  • Launch of School of Technology for the Arts
  • President S R Nathan's first visit to RP. President Nathan made a subsequent visit on 22 July 2008
  • The Republic Polytechnic Centre building was officially opened by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education
  • Launch of School of Sports, Health and Leisure
Year 2006
  • Official move to new Woodlands Campus
  • RP's inaugural Graduation Ceremony
Year 2007
  • Inaugural BRAG (Battle Republic Annual Games)
  • Woodlands Campus was officially opened by PM Lee Hsien Loong. Official opening of The Republic Cultural Centre.
  • Inaugural Reflections Community Arts Festival
Year 2008
  • Launch of School of Hospitality
  • Inaugural Momentum Dance Festival
  • Inaugural IGNITE! Music Festival - Passion and Compassion
Year 2009
  • Signed the Memorandum of Agreement with Singapore Sports School
Year 2010
  • Opening of Centre for Continuing Education and Training
Year 2011
  • Presented with the Public Service Achievement Award
  • Launch of enhanced RP Logo
Year 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
  • Presented with 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
Year 2013
  • Official launch of the Centre of Innovation for Supply Chain Management
Year 2014
  • Launch of Aquaria - A purpose-built research and learning facility for the growing aquaculture industry
Year 2015
  • 28 RP students and 31 RP alumni participated and clinced a total of 41 medials in the 28th SEA Games, 436 volunteers, including staff and interns, were involved in the 2015 SEA Games.
  • 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
Year 2016
  • Clinched seven HR awards at the Singapore Human Resource Awards 2016
  • Official opening of Republic Polytechic Industry Centre