Question – What was the name of this place before, when it was first built?
Answers (03 November 2008)
Anonymous has already given the answer. It’s the Japan-Singapore Institute. Not sure which year it was inaugurated; but I think it must be around the mid-70’s. At that time there were 3 technological institutes that we set up with the aid of the advanced countries. These were:
1) Japan-Singapore Institute of Software Technology
2) German-Singapore Institute of Production Technology, and
3) French-Singapore Institute of Electrotechnology.
The German and French institutes were located in Jurong Town Hall – Science Centre Road (see 1981 map below). I think one of them is now home to the Informatics Group.
But YG also pointed out that in 1989 it was part of the Nanyang Polytechnic campus. So I checked the NYP website and learned that these 3 institutes were in fact the predecessors of NYP.