TDSI 10th Anniversary

Temasek Defence Systems Institute Celebrates a Decade of Education and Research Excellence


The Temasek Defence Systems Institute (TDSI), a strategic alliance between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), celebrated its 10th anniversary in a commemorative celebration on 12 July 2011 that was graced by Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen.

TDSI was established on 11 July 2001 to provide a platform to bring together military staff and defence technologists in an education and research environment, and to produce graduates who understand the complexities of a modern military force. TDSI’s flagship project, the dual-degree Master of Defence Technology and Systems (MDTS) Programme, launched in July 2002, is specifically tailored to the needs of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and aims to provide students with a broad range of knowledge pertaining to systems engineering and key defence technologies.

“The 10th year celebration of TDSI marks a significant milestone in NUS’ strategic partnership with NPS. The long-standing collaboration with NPS has propelled NUS’ competency in defence-related educational programmes. We will continue to leverage on each other’s strengths to produce outstanding graduates, as well as develop world-class defence-related educational programmes that will contribute meaningfully to our national defence.”

– Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS

“TDSI started off with a mission to provide a top-notch postgraduate education in defence technology and systems, as well as to support research in areas of high military value. Over the past decade, with strong support from the Ministry of Defence, NUS, theSingapore defence community and our overseas partners, TDSI has built a strong foundation in defence education. We will continue to enhance our education programmes to meet the technology needs and demands of the military force that are growing in complexity and sophistication.”

– Professor Yeo Tat Soon, Director of TDSI

Defence Technology and Systems Education

To date, TDSI has produced more than 1,000 graduates from its MDTS and other defence-related education programmes. They have returned to the armed force and the defence community, bringing with them cross-functional knowledge in defence systems, as well as systems thinking and problem solving skills to tackle challenges at work.

These graduates fill leadership positions in MINDEF, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the defence community. They form the vital pool of systems thinkers that support the needs of MINDEF and the third generation SAF.

Besides the flagship MDTS programme, TDSI helps the community stay connected to new technological advances and systems thinking by conducting a range of seminars and short courses. Some of its courses were customised for specific organisations in the public sector. For example, TDSI conducted the Strategic Risk Management Course for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in April 2011, and the Systems Thinking Course for the National Environment Agency in March 2011.

Research Undertakings

TDSI also works closely with NPS and theSingaporedefence community in research collaborations with the aim of contributing toSingapore's defence capability and meet national defence needs.

In 2003, TDSI started research collaborations with NPS and with local defence-related agencies. As of 31 December 2010, TDSI has completed 24 projects and managing on-going projects in areas including underwater warfare, weapon systems and defence against chemical and biological threats.

As part of TDSI’s commemorative celebration, an exhibition was held today to showcase some of its cutting edge research projects.

10 Years and Beyond The 10th anniversary commemorative celebration was attended by about 300 guests, including representatives from the Singapore Ministry of Defence, partners from NPS, Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), DSO National Laboratories and ST Engineering Ltd.

Looking ahead, TDSI will forge deeper collaboration with the SAF and the defence community and expand its partnership with other overseas and local universities. It will ensure that its flagship MDTS programme will remain relevant to the stakeholders and offer a greater range of seminars and short courses to the defence community and the public sector.