|National University of Singapore|
|Motto||Towards a Global Knowledge Enterprise|
|Chancellor||President S. R. Nathan|
|President||Professor Tan Chorh Chuan|
|Faculty||1,944 (AY 2007-08)|
|Staff||5,086 (AY 2007-08)|
|Undergraduates||24,092 (AY 2007-08)|
|Postgraduates||7,173 (AY 2007-08)|
|Location||Kent Ridge, Singapore
|Colors||Orange, Blue and White|
|Affiliations||APRU, Universitas 21, IARU, GEM4, ACU, ASAIHL, AUN, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science|
The National University of Singapore (Abbreviation: NUS; Malay: Universiti Kebangsaan Singapura; simplified Chinese: 新加坡国立大学; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Guólì Dàxué; Abbreviated 国大; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் தேசியப் பல்கலைக்கழகம்) is Singapore's oldest university. It is the largest university in the country in terms of student enrollment and curriculum offered.
The university's main campus is located in southwest Singapore at Kent Ridge, with an area of approximately 1.5 km² (0.6 square miles). The Bukit Timah campus houses its law faculty, while the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore is located at Outram campus.
The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recently named NUS as the headquarters of his Asian Faith and Globalization Initiative together with Durham University in the UK and Yale University in the USA to deliver an exclusive programme in partnership with Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Furthermore, it was ranked among best 88 universities according to the Global University Ranking 2009.
|Evolution of the University of Malaya|
In September 1904, Tan Jiak Kim led a group of representatives of the Chinese and other non-European communities, and petitioned the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir John Anderson, to establish a medical school in Singapore. Tan, who was the first president of the Straits Chinese British Association, managed to raise $87,077, of which the largest amount of $12,000 came from himself. On 3 July 1905, the medical school was founded, and was known as the Straits and Federated Malay States Government Medical School. The medical library was first housed in the students' reading room within the school, converted from the vacant old female lunatic asylum in Sepoy Lines.
In 1912, the medical school received an endowment of $120,000 from the King Edward VII Memorial Fund, started by Dr Lim Boon Keng. Subsequently on 18 November 1913, the name of the school was changed to the King Edward VII Medical School. In 1921, it was again changed to the King Edward VII College of Medicine to reflect its academic status.
Two decades later, Raffles College was merged with the King Edward VII College of Medicine to form the University of Malaya on 8 October 1949. The two institutions were merged to provide for the higher education needs of the Federation of Malaya and Singapore.
The growth of UM was very rapid during the first decade of its establishment and resulted in the setting up of two autonomous divisions in 1959, one located in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur.
In 1960, the governments of then Federation of Malaya and Singapore indicated their desire to change the status of the divisions into that of a national university. Legislation was passed in 1961 establishing the former Kuala Lumpur division as the University of Malaya while the Singapore division was renamed the University of Singapore on January 1, 1962.
The National University of Singapore was formed with the merger of the University of Singapore and Nanyang University in 1980. This was done in part due to the government's desire to pool the two institutions' resources into a single, stronger entity, and promote the English language as Singapore's only main language. The original crest of Nanyang University with three intertwined rings was incorporated into the new coat-of-arms of NUS.
The merger of the two universities was met with strong opposition from the Nanyang University's alumni in particular, as well as the Chinese community. They considered Nanyang University a people's university due to their financial contributions in establishing and maintaining it. The Chinese community also believed the university to be a bastion of Chinese education, culture, and social development. Since inception till its desolution, Nanyang University was the only tertiary institute outside of China and Taiwan offering education in Mandarin Chinese.
NUS has a semester-based modular system for conducting courses. It adopts features of the British system, such as small group teaching (tutorials) and the American system (course credits). Students may transfer between courses within their first two semesters, enroll in cross-faculty modules or take up electives from different faculties. Other cross-disciplinary initiatives study programmes include double-degree undergraduate degrees in Arts & Social Sciences and Engineering; Arts & Social Sciences and Law; Business and Engineering; and Business and Law.
NUS offers 27 single-degree undergraduate and 115 masters, doctoral and graduate diploma programmes conducted by 13 faculties.Internationally, the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) placed NUS 33rd in the world in 2007  and 30th in 2008. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked NUS in the band of the 101-150th world's best university for the year 2008.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is one of the largest faculties in the university with 15 departments and programmes and a Centre for Language Studies. It is the second largest faculty in the university in terms of student enrollment.
Academic programmes are offered by individual departments found under the banners of three divisions: Asian Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences. Departments in the Asian Studies division are Chinese Language, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, South Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. Departments in the Humanities division are English Language and English Literature (including Theatre Studies), History, and Philosophy. Departments in the Social Sciences division are Communications and New Media, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology. There are academic programmes that are cross-division and -departmental. These programmes include American Studies, European Studies and International Studies, and also numerous minors such as Gender Studies, Religious Studies, China Studies (in English), Cultural Studies, and Science, Technology and Society.
FASS also offers a Double Degree Programme (DDP). A Double Degree consists of a combination of two separate degrees from two discipline areas in two different faculties. Students can choose to devise their own DDPs or enrol in one of the specially customised DDPs that have been developed. The specialised DDPs available are (1) Economics and Law, (2) Engineering and Economics, and (3) Communications and New Media and Business.
The faculty also offers Minor programmes (for both FASS and non-FASS undergraduates) in China Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, English Studies, Gender Studies, Geographical Information System (GIS), Religious Studies, Science/Technology and Society and Urban Studies. The Centre for Language Studies, which is part of FASS, offers introductory, intermediate and advanced courses on the Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese languages. Graduate academic programmes are offered by all departments.
NUS Business School was founded as the Department of Business Administration in 1965. It has six departments: Accounting, Business Policy, Decision Sciences, Finance, Management and Organization, and Marketing. Collectively, the departments offer classes in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) [BBA(Acc)] Programmes.
Graduate programmes offered include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), International MBA (conducted jointly with Peking University), UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Programme, Asia-Pacific Executive MBA (English and Chinese), S3 Asia MBA (conducted jointly with Fudan University and Korea University), NUS-HEC Double Degree MBA (conducted jointly with HEC Paris) and concurrent Master of Science (Management) Programme. The School also offers a Doctor of Philosophy programme, which is a graduate programme by research.
The School of Computing (SoC), established in 1998, offers six undergraduate degree programmes grounded in computer science fundamentals covering four main specialisations: Biology, Information Systems, Computer Engineering (Changed to Computer Science for the Academic Years 2009/10) and Digital Media. Also offered are graduate degree programmes by coursework or research with greater intensity in focus within these areas of specialisations.
The Faculty of Dentistry had its early beginnings in 1929 as the first Dental School in the Far East set up by the British Government. The faculty conducts a four-year dental course leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. The undergraduate programme comprises two pre-clinical (first two years) and two clinical years. Two types of graduate programmes are conducted: a research-based programme leading to the Master of Science (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); and a clinical residency training programme leading to the Master of Dental Surgery (MDS).
The School of Design and Environment (SDE) comprises three departments: Architecture, Building and Real Estate. Degree courses in building and estate management were first offered in 1969 in the then Department of Building and Estate Management. This was subsequently changed to the School of Building and Real Estate. In June 2000 the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Real Estate changed its name to the School of Design & Environment. As a result of this change, Building and Real Estate were established as separate departments.
SDE offers four undergraduate programmes: Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) (Hons), Bachelor of Science (Building) (Hons), and Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) (Hons). Graduate programmes offer specialisations in Architecture, Building, Building Science, Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, Estate Management, Environmental Management, Industrial Design, Project Management, Real Estate, and Urban Design.
Sadly, unlike many established Universities in the world, the school only recognizes and accepts student based on their skills in taking exams academically, rather than based on their talents, passion and achievements.
The Faculty of Engineering (FOE) was launched in 1968. It is the largest faculty in the university. FOE offers undergraduate and graduate degree programmes leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Technology (Honours), Master of Engineering, Master of Science, NUS-UIUC Master of Science (Chemical Engineering), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
FOE comprises of departments and divisions: Bioengineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Engineering Science Programme, Environmental Science & Engineering; Industrial & Systems Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and division of Engineering and Technology Management.
The law school was first established as a Department of Law in the then University of Malaya in 1956. The first law students were admitted to the Bukit Timah campus of the university the following year. In 1977, the faculty shifted to the Kent Ridge campus, but in 2006 it relocated back to the Bukit Timah site.
Apart from the traditional LLB which runs for four years, the law school also offers double honours degrees in Business Administration & Law, Economics & Law, Law & Life Sciences, and a concurrent degree program in Law & Public Policy. For graduate students, the law school offers seven coursework LLM programs,; a research LLM program,  and a research PhD program. . The research LLM can take anywhere between one year and three years while the coursework LLM programs start in August and are completed the following May. Two of the coursework LLMs programs are partially taught in Singapore and partially taught outside of Singapore at a partner university. Students enrolled in the International Business Law LLM program spend seven months in Shanghai China studying on the campus of Eastern China University of Political Science and Law while students enrolled in the NYU@NUS dual LLM program spend a semester in New York studying on the campus of New York University. The law school also offers a four year LLB/JD program with New York University.
The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (杨璐琳医药学院) was first establish as the Straits and Federated Malay States Government Medical School in 1905. The School comprises the department of Anaesthesia, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Community, Occupational & Family Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Medicine, Microbiology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychological Medicine, and Surgery. The School uses the British undergraduate medical system, offering a full-time undergraduate programme leading to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). For Nursing, the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (conducted by the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies) is offered.
Graduate programmes include:
The Faculty of Science (FOS) comprises the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Physics, and Statistics & Applied Probability.
The faculty offers three undergraduate degree programmes:
Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Computational Biology, Life Sciences (with specialisation in Biology), Life Sciences (with specialisation in Biomedical Science), Life Sciences (with specialisation in Molecular and Cell Biology), Mathematics, Physics, Physics (with specialisation in Astrophysics), Physics (with specialisation in Physics in Technology),Quantitative Finance, Statistics, Statistics (with specialisation in Biostatistics), Statistics (with specialisation in Finance and Business Statistics).
The faculty also offers a spread of minors, multidisciplinary programmes and special programmes for the educational broadening and enhancement of the students.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) (李光耀公共政策学院) was formally established in 2004 as an autonomous graduate school of the National University of Singapore. Although the School was formally launched in 2004, it inherited NUS' Public Policy Programme, which was established in 1992 in partnership with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
LKYSPP offers three master degree programmes:
NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS) offers the following programmes:
Students admitted to NGS will be offered either the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship or NGS Scholarship.
The Graduate Programme in Bioengineering (GPBE) is also under the aegis of NGS. GPBE is a joint initiative by the faculties of Engineering Medicine, Dentistry and Science to foster interdisciplinary opportunities in bioengineering research, leading to M.Eng., M.S. and Ph.D degrees.
The University Scholars Programme (USP) aims to develop the intellectual, leadership, and personal potential of promising students. Students in the Programme graduate with an honours degree from their faculty or school and a certificate that recognizes them as University Scholars.
A typical class in USP will consist of students from different faculties (ranging from Engineering to Arts) and different academic years (Year 1 to Year 4).
The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) (杨秀桃音乐学院) is a collaboration between NUS and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Singapore’s first conservatory of music, YSTCM was founded as the Singapore Conservatory of Music in 2001. The School was renamed Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in recognition of a gift from the family of the late Dr Yong Loo Lin in memory of his daughter.
The Conservatory presently offers a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, with majors in Performance (Piano and Orchestral Instruments) and Composition. This is a four-year full-time music degree programme with an emphasis on music performance and music academics.
The Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) was established in 1979 as the English Language Proficiency Unit (ELPU). It is a non-faculty teaching department in the National University of Singapore. CELC's main aim are to:
A specialty training institute of NUS, the Institute of Systems Science (ISS) offers professional information technology continuing education to managers and IT practitioners. ISS is a life long learning centre for strategic IT management, software technology, and knowledge engineering. ISS offers postgraduate degree programs, professional development short courses and certification training programs such as the Certified Information Technology Project Manager (CITPM) course. ISS is also a research center in on-line education – its ISS Virtual Institute offers e-learning courses in IT Security and Object Oriented Analysis & Design.
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science is a school specializing in math and science, and provides secondary and pre-tertiary education to many students with an inclination to these fields. Being an independent department of NUS, NUS High School students are instructed in the modular system, with a curriculum accredited by NUS, and have access to certain NUS resources. Also, all NUS High School students have the privilege of electing to read any NUS modules from three faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science before matriculation as long as they have the necessary foundation knowledge, as opposed to students of other secondary institutions who can only read one or two modules at best. The campus is also part of the NUS fibre optic network with an underground extension linking it to the main network.
Strategic research initiatives to help the university achieve its goal of knowledge creation include:
Among the major research focuses at NUS are biomedical and life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, nanoscience and nanotechnology, materials science and engineering, infocommunication and infotechnology, humanities and social sciences, and defence-related research.
One of several niche research areas of strategic importance to Singapore being undertaken at NUS is bioengineering. Initiatives in this area include bioimaging, tissue engineering and tissue modulation. Another new field which holds much promise is nanoscience and nanotechnology. Apart from higher-performance but lower-maintenance materials for manufacturing, defence, transportation, space and environmental applications, this field also heralds the development of accelerated biotechnical applications in medicine, health care and agriculture.
The university’s research centres include:
Current research at NUS includes:
NUS uses technology to link up campuses on different continents. An example is the Singapore-MIT Alliance which utilises Internet 2 technology to bring students from Singapore and MIT together in one virtual classroom for lectures and interactions via videoconferencing.
Other initiatives implemented includes Integrated Virtual Learning Environment, which is used for IT-based teaching and learning resources. A secure Plug-and-Play environment provides wireless connectivity to the university’s computer network and the Internet on campus.
NUS was elected by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) in 2002 to chair and act as secretariat for the consortium of 36 leading research universities around the Pacific Rim. NUS no longer chairs the association but the APRU Secretariat continues to be based at NUS. APRU’s aim is to foster cooperation in teaching and research among members as well as to help them contribute to the economic, scientific and cultural development of their countries.
Other international academic networks in which the university plays an active role include:
NUS has several formalized teaching and research collaborations:
Other partners include the Australian National University; Anderson School, University of California, Los Angeles; East China University of Politics & Law; Grande Ecoles; George Washington University; Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay; University of Heidelberg, Germany; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; King's College London; McGill University, Lomonosov Moscow State University; New York University; Peking University; Supélec, France; Tsinghua University; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Nottingham; and Switzerland’s Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases, University of Basel and Swiss Tropical Institute.
The IT facilities and network are generally provided by its central IT department, Computer Centre. The university’s optical fibre network is one of the largest campus networks in the Asia Pacific region. NUSNET is used in research, teaching, learning and administration. In 2004, a campus-wide grid computing network based on UD Grid MP was deployed, connecting at least 1,000 computers. This becomes one of the largest such virtual supercomputing facilities in the region.
The NUS Libraries comprises 8 libraries, namely, the Central Library, the Chinese Library, the CJ Koh Law Library, the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library, the Medical Library, the Music Library, the Science Library, and the NUS High School Library. Its primary clients are the NUS and NUS High School students, teaching, research and administrative staff members, as well as a sizeable group of external members. Its collection encompasses subjects in architecture, building and real estate, business, dentistry, engineering and technology, the humanities and social sciences, law, medicine, music, nursing and science. As of June 2008, there are over 1.4 million print titles, 43,000 electronic titles, 32,000 media programmes and 26,000 microform resources in the collection . The Library Portal, a one-stop gateway, offers the university community 24-hour access via the Internet to a rich array of electronic collection and services provided by the NUS Libraries. Besides the rich resources, the NUS Libraries provide an environment conducive for individual research and spaces for group interaction 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 for the exploration, development and application of digital and audio-visual technologies to support and enhance teaching and learning. This is done through the NUS-developed Integrated Virtual Learning Environment and by developing new applications/services and incorporating multimedia content in courses for academia.
In November, 2005, NUS announced plans to develop the "University Town" on a 190,000 m² site of the former Warren Golf Course, opposite the existing Kent Ridge Campus and NUS High School. Eight Residential Colleges, which will provide "rich educational experiences" and cultivate "deep social bonds" as well as two Graduate Residences will be built. In all, the NUS University Town will accommodate 6,000 students. A vehicular-cum-pedestrian bridge spanning over the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) will connect both campuses seamlessly. Construction began in 2007. The University Town construction was delayed due to the volatile construction environment of 2007, and thus will not be used as the Olympic Village for the Youth Olympics in 2010; much to the disappointment of the entire NUS community. The University Town is now scheduled to be completed in phases from 2011 to 2013.
There are about 6,000 residential places distributed between Halls and Student Residences on campus. There is a free Internal Shuttle Bus Service that plies the entire campus seven days a week.
Rooms are furnished with beds, mattresses, wardrobes, study tables, bookshelves and fans. There is a very small number of air-conditioned single rooms with attached bathrooms. Points for telephone, cable television and the university's computer network are available in each room. The accommodation is divided into single room (single-occupancy) or double room (double-occupancy). Laundry rooms equipped with washing machines and coin-operated tumble dryers are located in each student accommodation.
NUS has 6 Halls of Residence with about 3,000 residential places. The halls are situated in different parts of the campus and are well known for their vibrancy in Co-Curricular Activities (CCA), rich history and culture.
Each hall has a Senior Common Room Committee (SCRC) comprising the Resident Fellows (staff). Headed by a Hall Master, which is tasked to look after residents' well being. Residents are represented by elected student members to the Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC), which helps to promote the hall's social and cultural life.
The six Halls of Residence are:
NUS also has 3 Student Residences with clusters of 11 to 15 single rooms with their own kitchen and bathroom facilities. Kitchen and dining areas are equipped with basic cooking appliances.
Each residence has a team of Resident Assistants (senior students) and Resident Advisors (either an academic or non-academic staff) to assist with any concerns that students may have. The 3 Student Residences are:
The following table is a list of the principal officers of the National University of Singapore's predecessors. Note that the office of the President of Raffles College was renamed Principal of Raffles College from 1938 
(King Edward VII Medical College)
|Presidents and Principals *
|Gerald Dudley Freer||1905-1909||Richard Olaf Winstedt||1928-1931|
|Robert Donald Keith||1909-1918||James Watson||1932-1934|
|George Hugh MacAlister||1918-1929||Frederick Joseph Morten||1935-1937|
|George V. Allen||1929-1941||Alexander Keir||1937-1938|
|World War II||1941-1945||George McOwan||1938-1941|
|George V. Allen||1946-1947||Second World War||1941-1945|
|Desmond William George Faris||1947-1949||W. E. Dyer||1946-1948|
|George V. Allen||1948-1949|
Alumni from the King Edward VII College of Medicine/Raffles College era (1905 to 1949)
Alumni from the University of Malaya (Singapore) era (1949 to 1962)
Alumni from the University of Singapore era (1962 to 1980)
The National University of Singapore era (1980 - )