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Singapore’s Global University

“Leveraging innovation and integration, education has a vital role in nurturing a common civilization of global citizens. The larger purpose of global universities should include integrating knowledge and culture. We can contribute by nurturing global citizens – who are high in both knowledge as well as culture – for leadership in a world at a crossroad.” PROFESSOR SHIH CHOON FONG President, National University of Singapore

NUS VISION Towards a Global Knowledge Enterprise Unrelenting pursuit of excellence in education, research and service

NUS MISSION Advance knowledge and foster innovation, educate students and nurture talent, in service of country and society


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INTRODUCTION From a small medical school founded in 1905, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has evolved into a multi-campus university of global standing, with distinctive strengths in education and research and an entrepreneurial dimension. Its diverse and cosmopolitan community of over 30,000 students from 90 countries contribute to a rich learning and living environment across three campuses – its principal 150-hectare Kent Ridge campus, Bukit Timah campus and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore in Outram. A comprehensive university, NUS offers a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. The flexibility in learning across faculties and disciplines helps to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and independent thinking in its students. Research activities are strategic and robust, and a ‘no walls’ collaborative culture forms the bedrock of NUS’ researchintensive vibrancy. The University’s overseas colleges and partnerships with top institutions worldwide provide a global perspective for its education and research.

The University has in place an entrepreneurship support eco-system which helps students, staff and alumni to nurture the development of start-ups into regional and global companies. Industry collaboration is actively promoted to facilitate technology application and transfer as well as commercialisation of research. A lively residential life and numerous avenues for artistic, cultural and sporting pursuits complete the NUS experience. As Singapore’s most established university, NUS has long been associated with a tradition of excellence and an internationally-renowned reputation. The University has constantly been ranked amongst the best universities in Asia and the world. With its strong commitment towards delivering quality education and undertaking high impact research, NUS is constantly gearing itself to be one of the world’s leading universities. It will continue to play a vital role in ensuring Singapore’s success as a talent hub and dynamic city-state with a knowledge-based economy.

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THE NUS STORY – A DISTINGUISHED HERITAGE The origins of the National University of Singapore may be traced to 1905, when The Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School, the first institution of higher learning in Singapore, was founded. The School was renamed King Edward VII Medical School in 1912 and later King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1921. Raffles College was set up in 1928, to help realise the vision of Sir Stamford Raffles for an educated colony. In 1949, the union of King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College led to the founding of University of Malaya. Meanwhile, a Chinese-medium university called Nanyang University, built from contributions and resources pooled from the Chinese community, was established in 1955.

In 1959, two largely autonomous divisions of equal status – the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and the University of Malaya in Singapore – were established. The University of Singapore was established on 1 January 1962 following the decision of the Governments of Singapore and the Federation of Malaya for the two divisions of University of Malaya to become autonomous national universities in their respective countries. On 8 August 1980, the University of Singapore and Nanyang University were merged to form one institution – the National University of Singapore.



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QUALITY EDUCATION NUS offers a holistic education aimed at fully developing the intellectual and personal strengths of students. A flexible curriculum, with a broad spectrum of courses that includes cross-disciplinary initiatives, allows students to personalise their educational experience and help nurture a spirit of inquiry and enterprise.

The University offers 50 bachelors and 138 graduate degrees, ranging from graduate diplomas to Master’s and Doctoral degrees, conducted by 14 Faculties and Schools.

• Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences • NUS Business School • School of Computing

Globally-oriented programmes such as Student Exchange Programme, Overseas Colleges Programme as well as various joint and double degree programmes present opportunities for students to explore the world. Complemented by an international community of faculty and students, the NUS education offers opportunities to broaden horizons and develop cross-cultural perspectives which is vital in today’s globalised world.

• Faculty of Dentistry • School of Design and Environment • Faculty of Engineering • Faculty of Law • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine • Faculty of Science

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• University Scholars Programme

• Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was established to educate and train the next generation of policymakers and leaders. Its programme curricula place an emphasis on the public policy experiences of Asian countries and the critical challenges facing them.

The University Scholars Programme is a premier honours programme designed to develop the intellectual, leadership and personal qualities of talented undergraduates.

• Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory, established in collaboration with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, prepares its students for careers in music performance and composition.

• NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS)

The NGS spearheads graduate education and research in science, engineering and related aspects of medicine. It emphasises research that transcends disciplinary boundaries, while offering an innovative coursework programme and skills training.

• Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS GMS)

A partnership with Duke University, the Duke-NUS GMS offers a Doctor in Medicine programme to train physician-scientists who will excel in clinical care, healthcare delivery and biomedical research.



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PREMIUM PROGRAMMES NUS offers several enhancement programmes to provide students with the competitive edge and adeptness to thrive in any environment.

SPECIAL UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES The University offers a wide range of learning opportunities beyond the traditional single degree programmes to enable students to acquire depth in an additional discipline. These specially-designed programmes such as Double Degree, Joint Degree and Concurrent Degree programmes are offered within NUS or in collaboration with some of the world’s premier universities. Some examples of the international collaborations are Double Degree Programme in Engineering with French Grandes Ecoles, Joint Degree Programme in Actuarial Studies and Economics with Australian National University and Concurrent Degree Programme in Computing and Entertainment Technology with Carnegie Mellon University.

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAMME The University Scholars Programme (USP) is an interdisciplinary academic programme for NUS undergraduates. It offers students the freedom to explore across disciplines, participate in a wide range of extracurricular and overseas opportunities, and interact with a community of exceptionally motivated and talented students. Students are admitted based on their academic potential, together with their passion, motivation, and curiosity. USP students are concurrently enrolled in one of the six Faculties or Schools – Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Design and Environment, Engineering, and Science. Numerous initiatives available to USP students include overseas academic exchanges and community outreach expeditions, entrepreneurial internships and individual research with a faculty mentor. USP students graduate with an honours degree from their Faculty or School, and a certificate that recognises them as University Scholars.

NUS OVERSEAS COLLEGES PROGRAMME NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) Programme provides entrepreneurial NUS students with the opportunity to spend a year of their undergraduate life overseas, working and studying in leading entrepreneurial-academic hubs around the world. This prestigious experiential education programme gives students a unique opportunity to work in a challenging start-up environment while studying at our renowned partner universities. They can choose between Silicon Valley or Philadelphia in the United States, Shanghai in China, Stockholm in Sweden or Bangalore in India, and study at Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Fudan University, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology or the Indian Institute of Science respectively. NOC students are awarded a scholarship and stipend to cover their expenses incurred overseas. The programme provides students with an invaluable overseas working experience in mainly start-up companies, giving them a global perspective as well as an edge at entrepreneurial ventures in the market place.

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STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME NUS’ Student Exchange Programme (SEP) provides undergraduates with a great opportunity to spend a semester or two overseas at one of NUS’ 180 partner universities. Its partners include Australian National, Melbourne, Imperial College London, Lund, TU Munich, Sciences Po, Amsterdam, Kyoto, Peking, Hong Kong, British Columbia, McGill, Cornell, Georgia Tech and UC Berkeley. There are also choices in non-traditional locations such as Mexico, South Africa, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Korea. Students can obtain financial assistance to participate in a SEP as a wide range of award schemes is offered by the University and external sponsors. The SEP, the foremost programme at NUS aimed at nurturing global citizens of the future, offers all undergraduates a chance to experience different education systems, ways of life and cultures abroad.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP) gives students an opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of faculty members in their respective fields of study. Apart from engaging students in the processes of intellectual inquiry, problem solving and creative thinking, the programme aims to enhance intellectual exchange and collaboration between undergraduates and faculty. Students are expected to spend several hours each week on their projects during the semester, and also work full time on them during the vacation. UROP is offered in the following Faculties/ Schools – Computing, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Science.



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The University’s academic year begins on the first Monday of August. There are two semesters, from August to December (18 weeks) and from January to May (17 weeks). In addition, there is a two-part Special Term during the academic year-end vacation period from May to July which allows students to accelerate their progress. Each part lasts about six weeks.

NUS offers more than 60 subjects at its Faculties and Schools. Some of these are listed as follows: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Applied Chemistry Applied Mathematics Architecture Bioengineering Business Administration Business Administration (Accountancy) Chemical Engineering Chemistry Chinese Language Chinese Studies Civil Engineering Communications and New Media

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Computational Biology Computer Engineering Computer Science Dentistry Economics Electrical Engineering Electronic Commerce Engineering Science English Language English Literature Environmental Engineering European Studies Food Science and Technology Geography History Industrial Design Industrial and Systems Engineering Information Systems Japanese Studies Law Life Sciences Malay Studies

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Materials Science and Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Medicine Music Composition Music Performance (Orchestral instruments/piano) Nursing Pharmacy Philosophy Physics Political Science Project and Facilities Management Psychology Quantitative Finance Real Estate Social Work Sociology South Asian Studies Southeast Asian Studies Statistics Theatre Studies



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Graduate courses such as Master’s and Doctoral degree programmes are offered in the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Dentistry, Design and Environment, Engineering, Law, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Science, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music offers Graduate Diploma programmes while the Institute of Systems Science, a speciality training unit of NUS, offers Master’s as well as Graduate Diploma programmes.

NUS offers a significant number of scholarships such as the NUS Undergraduate Scholarship, Faculty Scholarship and Award, and ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship to students with outstanding achievements in academic studies and co-curricular activities. The University’s most prestigious scholarship, the Global Merit Scholarship (GMS), was established in 2005 to nurture Singaporean students with the talent and passion to be future leaders and entrepreneurs. The GMS holders will be given the opportunity to read any course leading to a first degree (except medicine and dentistry), spend up to a year studying overseas in a partner university, or enrol in a double degree programme.

STUDENT POPULATION Students from 90 countries around the world give a cosmopolitan feel and add diversity to the NUS campus. NUS has more than 30,000 students of which 23,000 are undergraduates and over a quarter are graduate students. Of this graduate student population, 4,500 are pursuing graduate studies by research while 4,000 are pursuing graduate studies by coursework.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE The University is committed to ensuring that no deserving student who has been admitted is denied an education because of financial constraints. It provides an array of financial assistance schemes and financial aid packages, which may comprise a combination of loans, bursary and work study assistance, to help students finance their studies in the University. These packages are structured to provide financing for the tuition fees as well as living expenses of the student.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION NUS offers learning opportunities in leadership, professional and management development, including personal development and enrichment, to meet the changing trends of the Singapore economy and work climate. Administered by NUS Extension (NEX), these courses are especially tailored to meet the increasing need for skill and knowledge enhancement of NUS alumni and the community at large. NEX leverages on the University’s pool of talent and its network of leading industry practitioners to impart up-to-date knowledge in the best mode of delivery and instruction. The courses offered cover a wide spectrum of subjects, including life sciences, IT and computing, human resource, finance, history and the arts, and various languages.

GLOBAL TEACHING AND RESEARCH PARTNERS A special feature of NUS education is the global dimension of its courses in partnership with some of the world’s best institutions. International partners for teaching and research institutes/collaborations include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Australian National University Duke University East China University of Politics and Law Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supelec) Eindhoven University of Technology George Washington University Georgia Institute of Technology Harvard University Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Johns Hopkins University Karolinska Institutet King’s College, London Massachusetts Institute of Technology Moscow State University New York University Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases Peking University Swiss Tropical Institute Technische Universitat Munchen Tsinghua University University of Basel University of California, Los Angeles University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Melbourne Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI US Naval Postgraduate School University of Nottingham



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VIBRANT RESEARCH CULTURE As an institution of higher learning focused on achieving academic and research excellence, NUS seeks to create new knowledge and breakthroughs that can impact the socio-economic progress of the nation and world. Strategic research initiatives to help it achieve this goal include: • Leveraging on available expertise to establish a base of research across a broad range of disciplines • Building peaks of research excellence • Growing global research links • Forging strong links between research and graduate education The national research climate has undergone a major transformation in recent years. In line with this shift, NUS has increased its commitment to promote research initiatives and programmes of strategic importance.

It has identified emerging and key focus areas within biomedical and life sciences; physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and social sciences research. Among several niche research areas of strategic importance to Singapore being undertaken at NUS are clinical sciences; translational medicine; nanoscience and nanotechnology; quantum information; environment and water technology; interactive and digital media; maritime research and transportation; logistics and supply chain management; and defence-related research. NUS has established itself as a researchintensive university. Each year, over 2,000 projects are conducted. In 2006, 1,479 conference papers were delivered; 42 symposiums and conferences hosted/ organised; over 185 patents applied/granted; and 98 research awards garnered.

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND CENTRES In addition to Faculties/Schools, research is also conducted at University-level Research Institutes/Centres (RICs). University-level RICs undertake research in multi-disciplinary areas that cut across more than one Faculty. They secure their research funding mainly from external sources. NUS presently hosts 17 University-level RICs in various fields ranging from research on Asia, mathematical sciences, nanotechnology, synchrotron radiation to marine science. The list of University-level RICs is provided below: • Asia Research Institute • Centre for Maritime Studies • Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing • East Asian Institute • Institute for Mathematical Sciences • Institute of Real Estate Studies • Institute of South Asian Studies • Interactive and Digital Media Institute • Middle East Institute • NUS Environmental Research Institute

• NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative • Research Centre of Excellence in Quantum Information Science and Technology • Risk Management Institute • Singapore Synchrotron Light Source • Temasek Laboratories • The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific • Tropical Marine Science Institute NUS also hosts more than 80 Faculty-level Research Centres/Laboratories that conduct research of strategic importance to the Faculties.



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NUS has close affiliations with several National Research Institutes under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Temasek Holdings and others. The list of such National Research Institutes is as follows: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bioinformatics Institute Bioprocessing Technology Institute Data Storage Institute Genome Institute of Singapore Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences Institute of High Performance Computing Institute for Infocomm Research Institute of Materials Research and Engineering Institute of Microelectronics Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology Singapore Eye Research Institute Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory


Environmental and water technology Interactive and digital media Translational medicine Quantum information science and technology Nanoscience and nanotechnology Asian studies Real estate studies Biomedical sciences


Trisonic Wind Tunnel Facility Mixed Reality Laboratory Centre for Life Sciences (CeLS) Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station Synchrotron Light Source Grid Innovation Zone (GIZ@NUS) and TeraScale Campus Grid (TCG@NUS) • Bioengineering and Nanobioengineering Corridor

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SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP NUS has embraced the fostering of the spirit of enterprise as an integral part of its educational and research mission. NUS Enterprise (ETP), which was established in 2001, provides an entrepreneurial and innovative dimension to education and research. Its mission is to promote the spirit of innovation and enterprise within the NUS community, and to generate value from University resources through experiential education, industry engagement and partnerships, and entrepreneurship support. One of its very first initiatives was to establish overseas colleges in entrepreneurial hubs around the world to promote an entrepreneurial spirit among NUS students.

This will help to broaden their perspective and provide them with a firm foundation to become successful entrepreneurs. The NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) Programme currently includes five overseas colleges in the United States, China, Europe and India. The NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (NEC) conducts a wide range of activities to promote interest in entrepreneurship among the NUS community, and nurtures entrepreneurial start-ups by NUS professors, students and alumni. The Centre also carries out research to advance the policy and practice of technology venturing in Singapore and the region.



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Among the wide range of educational activities organised by NEC are the annual Start-Up@Singapore national business plan competition, a technopreneurship minor programme for undergraduate students, and regular techno-venture forums where entrepreneurs and venture investors share their experiences with students. A new initiative, iLEAD (innovative Local Enterprise Achiever Development), offers students the opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurial challenges within Singapore. This internship programme integrates the experiential learning of entrepreneurship and includes a 2-week overseas study mission which exposes students to the international business environment and the challenges of setting up a business globally. To support NUS spin-offs, particularly those that commercialise NUS technologies, NEC operates a business incubator that equips new entrepreneurs with the relevant skills and provides an environment to nurture start-ups into viable companies. It also runs a number of seed-funding schemes for earlystage start-ups, including schemes co-funded by government agencies. In addition, NEC provides a comprehensive range of new venture support services such as mentoring, match-making with venture capitalists/angel investors, and IP advisory services. Complementing NOC and NEC is the Industry Liaison Office, which promotes industry collaboration, technology transfer, and commercialisation of the University’s intellectual assets and expertise. Some of its achievements include establishing a Framework Agreement between NUS and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) to encourage research collaborations between the University and various business units of EADS; and organising the annual Technology Commercialisation Forum which is endorsed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), as the leading technology forum in Asia.

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GLOBAL NETWORKING A leading global university, NUS is outwardlooking and internationally connected. Over the years, the University has strengthened its international presence through active participation in academic and research networks. In 2002, NUS was elected by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) to chair and act as secretariat for the consortium of 37 leading research universities around the Pacific Rim. APRU World Institute (AWI), a centre of advanced studies which was formed under the auspices of APRU in 2005, is also hosted by the University. NUS is a founding member of a number of global alliances such as the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), a grouping of 10 of the world’s leading research universities; Universitas 21 (U21), an international network of 20 researchintensive universities in 12 countries; and ASEAN University Network (AUN), a consortium of 20 top institutions from the 10 Southeast Asian countries. Other international networks in which the University plays an active role include: • Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) • Shanghai-Seoul-Singapore University Alliance (S3UA) • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) • Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4)



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UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE AND ORGANISATION NUS was corporatised on 1 April 2006, giving the University greater autonomy to chart its own strategic directions, build on its areas of strengths to achieve higher peaks of excellence and enhance its students’ educational experience. As a corporatised entity, the University will be more adept in responding to changing market needs and excelling in the increasingly competitive higher education landscape. The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the University are the constitutional documents of the University and set out the University’s aims as well as the regulations by which the University is governed. The President of the Republic of Singapore is the Chancellor of the University. The Board of Trustees is the executive body which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the University and plays a stewardship role in the development and growth of the University. The Senate is the academic body which sets the general direction in respect of teaching and research. The principal executive and academic officer of the University is the President of the University, who is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Senate. The University is structured along four main areas – Academic Affairs, Research and Technology, Enterprise and Administration.

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CAMPUS FACILITIES AND RESOURCES IT AND COMPUTING SERVICES NUS has one of the most advanced information and communication infrastructures in the Asia Pacific region. The University offers a myriad of multimedia and innovative applications, fostering research, teaching, learning and administration, and has established strong global connections. It continuously explores and adopts best industrial practices and advanced technologies to deploy IT as a strategic instrument.

LIBRARY SERVICES The NUS Libraries provide a full range of library services through a group of seven libraries, six of them located across Kent Ridge campus and the other at Bukit Timah campus. The collection of the NUS Libraries is rich and diverse, especially in terms of the breadth and depth of coverage, to support the learning, teaching and research needs of the NUS community. The Library Portal, a one-stop gateway, offers the University community 24-hour access via the Internet to a wide array of digital resources and services provided by the NUS Libraries. Besides the rich resources, the NUS Libraries provide a conducive environment for individual research and study as well as areas for group interaction and learning.

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING Enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning at NUS comes mainly under the purview of the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL) and the Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT). CDTL facilitates reflection among faculty on concepts of teaching, learning and university education, and teaching practices that are consistent with these concepts. In addition to conducting research on educational philosophy, pedagogical theory and educational practices, CDTL helps the NUS administration to formulate educational policies for matters such as teacher appraisal, peer review, selection of outstanding educators, student feedback and assessment. CIT, on the other hand, provides an environment for the exploration, development and application of digital and audio-visual technologies to enhance teaching and learning. This is done through the NUS’ Integrated Virtual Learning Environment, webcast/podcast services, developing e-learning applications and incorporating multimedia content in courses for faculty.



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An artist’s impression of University Town @ Warren.

CAMPUS LIVING AND LEARNING Apart from stimulating academic pursuits, the NUS experience is complemented by a rich residential life. Close to 6,500 students have the opportunity to sample the hustle and bustle of living on campus grounds. There is a choice of three residences – Kuok Foundation House, Prince George’s Park Residences and Ridge View Residences; and six Halls of Residence – Eusoff Hall, Kent Ridge Hall, King Edward VII Hall, Raffles Hall, Sheares Hall and Temasek Hall. Besides being conveniently located, these residences are equipped with modern amenities and facilities for rest, recreation and study.

Each of these residences has its own distinctive character and tradition. The Halls of Residence especially offer a myriad of activities ranging from the arts to sports to community work. Each year, the Halls of Residence will participate in the Rag and Flag Day, a float-building event unique to NUS, which raises funds for the underprivileged. Living in residences can be a rewarding experience as it offers an avenue for personal growth and development, and help create positive intellectual, social, learning and living experiences for students.

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Students learn how to adapt to a new way of living independently in a communal setting and encounter cultural diversity. Character is built, lasting friendships are forged, and a sense of community prevails through studying, volunteering and playing together.

An extension of Kent Ridge campus, University Town @ Warren will have up to eight residential colleges to accommodate some 6,000 local and overseas students, representing a broad spectrum of disciplines, nationalities and cultures.

Come 2010, there will be a new university town, complete with academic and learning facilities, sports and leisure amenities, retail and lifestyle services, to complement the residences and Halls of Residence.

Building relationships across cultures goes beyond classroom learning. The rich diversity of students will promote social bonds and contribute towards an enriching campus learning and living experience in a global setting.


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ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL HUB NUS provides a conducive environment for the community of students, alumni, faculty and staff to indulge in artistic and cultural pursuits. Campus talents leverage on the wide range of facilities and activities to help develop their creativity and showcase their artistic skills. Performing, visual and literary arts on campus are promoted by the NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA). CFA manages over 20 campus arts groups – with over 1,800 members – in music, dance, theatre, film and production. CFA also presents a rich calendar of arts events and festivals which includes the annual NUS Arts Festival and Dance Reflections extravaganza. Adding to the diversity of arts and cultural activities are some 900 activities organised by over 80 student groups. The NUS Museum, which is part of CFA, seeks to create an enriching experience of social history and Asian art and culture. It houses the Lee Kong Chian Art Collection, South and Southeast Asian Collection, Ng Eng Teng Collection and short-term exhibitions in the NX Gallery. A host of activities such as exhibitions, workshops, talks and tours are conducted regularly at NUS Museum. CFA also manages the Baba House, one of the last surviving Peranakan-style houses in Singapore. Scheduled to open in 2008, the Baba House will play an important role in preserving and promoting the distinct Peranakan heritage. The state-of-the-art University Cultural Centre (UCC) is an innovative performing arts venue for high quality events that reflect both the rich cultural heritage of Singapore and the best in international arts and entertainment. Apart from hosting performances by NUS students, local arts groups and international artistes, UCC is also the venue for major University events such as Commencement, University Awards, State of the University Address and the Freshmen Inauguration Ceremonies.

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ALUMNI RELATIONS NUS has an alumni body of 177,000 graduates in Singapore and across the globe. A network of 14 overseas chapters in strategic locations around the world and some 40 local alumni groups ensure that the alumni community remains engaged in University matters and shares warm ties with its alma mater. As the NUS alumni fraternity is an integral constituent of the University community, the Office of Alumni Relations actively seeks to address the interests of alumni, cultivate ties and engage them with the aspirations of NUS. It also facilitates networking among alumni, students and the NUS community, and rallies alumni support for NUS projects and programmes.

One of the many initiatives include the establishment of an alumni e-community through the AlumNET web portal and AlumMAIL lifelong email accounts, which help alumni stay connected with the University and amongst themselves. Alumni are also kept updated on news and happenings at NUS through e-newsletters and the AlumNUS magazine. The Shaw Foundation Alumni House, which will open its doors at Kent Ridge campus in 2008, promises to be a special home for NUS alumni. It aims to provide a fitting base where alumni can forge new friendships and partnerships, explore opportunities for lifelong learning and networking, and make global connections while staying connected to their alma mater.



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An artist’s impression of University Town @ Warren.

THE EVOLVING NUS Having reached the 100-year mark, NUS now stands as a comprehensive multi-campus university with a vibrant community of more than 30,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff and 177,000 alumni. It has gained a reputable standing and is the leading English language university in Asia. As a corporatised entity, the University has greater ownership to shape its future and compete with the world’s best in the areas of scholarship and research. It will continue to build on its niche areas and achieve peaks of excellence in the global arena. In a constantly changing global education landscape, NUS is mindful that it has to leverage on connectivity and innovation to remain relevant. In its pursuit of a global university, it continues to offer courses that address the challenges of an interconnected world; engage in collaborative research and strategic alliances with world class institutions; seek students of diverse cultures from around the world; and prepare students for global careers.

A step in this direction is the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), an initiative by the National Research Foundation, which will be located at NUS. A collaboration which bridges disciplines and institutions, CREATE will enable Singapore collaborators to work alongside top researchers from some of the best universities around the world. Another is the University Town @ Warren development which will enrich the campus living and learning experience and build a global learning community. NUS will continue to play a critical role in the growth of Singapore. It has also set higher aspirations to be a global player where it can build intellectual, social and cultural bridges and nurture global citizens to contribute to the world.

October 2007

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