While rooted in science and engineering, NTU offers a broad-based education in diverse disciplines. The university has developed complementary strengths in the humanities, arts, business, entrepreneurship and education to prepare students for the global working world.
The College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences represents the dynamic interface between several major disciplines in three distinct schools: the School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore's first professional art school to offer degree programmes in art, design and interactive digital media; the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Asia's top school in mass communication; and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary education in the humanities and social sciences.
Both the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) and School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) received their first full cohort of students in 2005 and welcomed their pioneer batch of Bachelor's degree graduates at the Convocation in July 2009.
Within a brief span of 10 years, NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has emerged as the largest school in NTU with four programmes ranked in the world’s Top 50. It has the largest student enrolment with about 2,600 undergraduates majoring in the humanities and social sciences subjects, and over 8,370 students taking its courses as general electives. HSS also has the biggest number of faculty members, surpassing even the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the oldest and most established at NTU. With its diverse offerings, HSS has allowed NTU to greatly expand its offering to students from other disciplines.
Also taking No. 1 slot in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific is the subject Communication & Media Studies offered by the premier Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. Named in honour of former Singapore President Wee Kim Wee, it is one of the premier communication schools in the region.
One of the key facilities at the school is Newsplex Asia, an inter-disciplinary news laboratory to train journalists and news professionals to work with technologies of the future. Created with WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers), the $0.5 million centre, spans over 160 square metres of space and features advanced facilities in a highly-connected learning environment.
The Nanyang Business School (College of Business) is one of the best business schools in Asia. Consistently ranked top in Singapore by the Economist, Nanyang Business School’s Executive MBA (EMBA) jumped five spots up from 13th position to 8th position this year. NTU is also ranked 2nd globally for programmes offered by a single university, which was beaten only by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Strong salary increases, global experience and an internationally diverse class were the three main key factors lay behind the Nanyang EMBA's good showing.
The Nanyang Business School is also one of only three in Asia to be awarded both the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditations - international hallmarks of quality. In accounting research, NTU is ranked first in Asia by Brigham Young University, based on the productivity of its accounting researchers across 11 top accounting journals in the most recent six years. In addition, the Nanyang Business School is home to Asia’s top two accounting researchers. NTU is also the best globally in auditing research. Its actuarial science programme is the first in Singapore to be accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the world's oldest actuarial professional body.
NTU is also home to the National Institute of Education, Singapore's only national teacher training institute, which is recognised today as an integral part of Singapore's education system – one of the most successful educational systems in the world.