The Polytechnic is an institution of higher learning in Singapore. It is also the first polytechnic established in Singapore. It was founded on 27 October 1954 to provide studies, training, and research in technology, science, commerce, and the arts. As an industry-oriented alternative to a broader-based junior college education, polytechnic graduates in Singapore are sought after for work and many continue to complete university degrees. 4Science maintains and supports the DSpace digital repository system, http://dspace.sp.edu.sg.