Director of Programmes
Having joined The Glasgow School of Art no more than a few months ago, I could not help but ask myself what it is that makes this institution so special, what it is that makes this institution so different from all the other institutions in the UK, and what difference GSA makes to Singapore by delivering two of its programmes here? In the UK, GSA has a reputation that is almost mythical. Perhaps helped by extraordinarily high numbers in applications into the programmes whilst cohort sizes are kept relatively small, GSA and its studio-based, specialist approach to education nurtures talent like no other. GSA was founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries. Today, GSA is one of the world’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines and for seven years now, has worked with SIT to cultivate the creative talent that will drive Singapore’s development towards a ‘smart nation’, a ‘lovable city’, and its ambition to be a global leader in innovation.
The students who we celebrate today are the entrepreneurs, designers and leaders of tomorrow. Innovation is propelled through collaboration, and the collaboration between SIT and GSA is a prime example of how perspectives can be aligned, and complementary skill sets can be combined most effectively. I thank the students for their hard work, the results of which is shown in their portfolios, the teaching teams here in Singapore, as well as our colleagues from Glasgow, who have supported both local staff and students in their shared endeavours.