The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) was established in 2010 by the Ministry of Education in Singapore, and is an umbrella group for the polytechnics in Singapore. The mission of SIT is to provide upgrading opportunities and an industry-focused education, leading to highly qualified graduates for growth sectors in the economy. This is being achieved by partnerships between the polytechnics in Singapore and reputable overseas universities, including Trinity College, the University of Dublin. In 2010, SIT approached TCD with respect to degrees in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Radiography. In the case of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, the Ministries of Health and Education in Singapore are focused on the need for diploma graduates to develop the skills required for developing, leading and evaluating their services in primary care, extended care, and chronic disease management.
The Discipline of Occupational Therapy developed a one-year course that leads to a degree in Occupational Therapy for students who have successfully completed a three-year diploma in Occupational Therapy in Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore. Classes are conducted at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), forming part of the SIT distributed campus. Students from Singapore also spend six weeks at Trinity College completing their Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) as part of their occupational therapy degree.