Nanyang Technological University

Introduction to NTU

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.

The university has colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and an Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous entities such as the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond.

Hailing from 80 countries, the university's 4,300-strong faculty and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

NTU 2020

NTU's new five-year strategic plan, NTU 2020, builds on strong foundations of NTU 2015 and aims to propel NTU to greater heights of research excellence. The plan focuses on five key research thrusts – Sustainable Earth, Global Asia, Secure Community, Healthy Society and Future Learning. The areas leverage NTU’s diverse strengths, particularly its longstanding expertise in engineering, business and education, and the interfaces these have with various disciplines such as in healthcare, science and the humanities. NTU’s sustainability initiatives have clinched significant competitive research funding and the university is already a global leader in this area.

NTU has set up a medical school jointly with Imperial College London to meet the challenges of ageing and healthcare in Singapore. The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, an autonomous institution, will pioneer medical innovations and bring about enhancements to the healthcare system.

Diverse disciplines for diverse talents

In the QS World University Rankings 2016, NTU is ranked 13th in the world. The university’s international standing has risen rapidly in recent years and it has been consistently ranked within the top 1% of universities globally. In Septermber 2016, NTU is ranked 54th worldwide in Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

In July 2011, NTU became the first university in Asia to be rated 5-stars under the new QS Stars rating system. The new system is a comprehensive evaluation by QS across 30 different areas – a broader range of criteria than traditional rankings. NTU scored the maximum of 5-stars each for eight key areas: research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement and specialist strength.

The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU’s joint medical school with Imperial College London, one of the top ten universities in the world, will train future doctors for Singapore, pioneer medical innovations and bring about enhancements to the healthcare system.

The College of Engineering, the world’s largest engineering college, has six schools focused on technology and innovation and a research output among the top five universities globally.

The College of Science, with award-winning faculty and world-class laboratories, runs Singapore’s only direct honours bachelor's degree programmes in the biological, physical and mathematical sciences.  

The Nanyang Business School is ranked first in Asia in accountancy research and is consistently ranked as one of the best Asian business schools. It 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.

The College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences is home to the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, a top journalism and media school in Asia; a fast-growing humanities and social sciences school with niches of excellence; and Singapore's first professional art school offering degree courses in art, design and interactive digital media.

The College of Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE College) offers programmes for continuing professional education and development, to equip Singapore professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) with updated knowledge and skills to keep pace with the rapid technological changes in today’s increasingly competitive economy and industrial landscape.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate School supports PhD research in the university’s interdisciplinary research centres in Sustainable Earth, New Media and Future Healthcare.

The National Institute of Education, Singapore's main teacher-training institute, is internationally-acclaimed and provides educational consultancy to countries from Abu Dhabi to Vietnam.

The S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), an autonomous graduate institution of NTU, runs the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, long recognised as a world authority on strategic studies and security research. RSIS was ranked 31st among university-affiliated think tanks in the world.

The Earth Observatory of Singapore, established in 2008 with S$150m in state funding, is dedicated to hazards-related earth science.

The Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering seeks to become a world leader in research on microbial biofilms, with the goal of finding new solutions in water and environmental sustainability.

Well-rounded, global education; tailored programmes for high-achievers

The university's academic and research programmes, with real-world relevance, have reaped dividends in the form of strong support from major corporations and industry leaders, in terms of both research funding and partnerships as well as global internship opportunities for our students.

NTU's undergraduate experience, offering a broad education in diverse disciplines, including residential living and international experience, has also received external endorsement for its holistic curriculum featuring a rich selection of majors and minors.

At NTU, academically-inclined students with a yen for research can take part in the Undergraduate Research Experience on CAmpus programme. High-calibre students with a deep passion for science and technology also have the option to pursue the CN Yang Scholars Programme, a premier undergraduate programme that prepares science and engineering talents for top graduate schools as well as greater feats in the 21st century.

Through its overseas exchange programmes, NTU allows its students to study, do research and work at some of the best partner universities and international organisations. Currently, one in two students at NTU has at least one overseas learning opportunity during the course of their undergraduate studies.

Tech-savvy and adaptable, graduates of the university are sought-after and well-paid, drawing some of the highest starting salaries among local university graduates.

Distinctive edge in science and engineering; Nobel boost

As the main science and technology university in Singapore, NTU has made substantial contributions to Singapore’s drive for research and innovation spearheaded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), particularly in the high-investment areas of biomedical sciences, environmental and water technologies, and interactive and digital media.

In February 2010, NTU was globally ranked 8th out of 1,084 institutions that had attracted the highest total citations to their papers published in Thomson Reuters-indexed engineering journals, with 5,912 papers cited a total of 28,516 times.

Increasingly, NTU has been winning the lion’s share of Singapore’s competitive research funds. From April 2005 to March 2011, NTU won more than S$1.3b in competitive research funding. In FY10, the most significant external competitive research grant received was from the NRF for the TUM-CREATE Centre for Electromobility, set up with Technische Universität München (TUM). The university has won a total of S$270m in government funding for its two National Research Centres of Excellence.

A key node in NTU's pursuit of research excellence is the endowed Institute of Advanced Studies, focused on promoting science and technology at the highest level. The institute has attracted 10 Nobel laureates and a Fields Medallist to its panel of International Advisors, and regularly flies in Nobel laureates and other scientific giants to enrich the life and work of the university community.

Campuses

NTU's main 200-ha garden campus - houses Singapore's largest on-campus residence infrastructure including 16 halls of residence for undergraduates and a graduate hall at the Youth Olympic Village of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in August 2010. Besides the Yunnan Garden campus, NTU has another campus, NTU@one-north, located next to the Biopolis, Singapore's biomedical research hub, and Fusionopolis, a new epicentre of engineering and physical sciences. With its strategic location, NTU has set up a graduate school at the one-north campus. The graduate school will better synergise the university with the considerable national resources invested in the Biopolis and Fusionopolis, and facilitate collaboration with other institutions and agencies in the one-north region.

NTU@one-north is also home to the NTU Alumni Clubhouse. Its proximity to the city means that it is more convenient for alumni to gather and connect with the university.  The one-north campus also allows NTU's evening and part-time students better access, so that the university can enhance its delivery of continuing education programmes, through the Centre for Continuing Education and Confucius Institute of NTU also located at the campus. 

In 2008, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the world’s largest foundations for entrepreneurship, selected NTU as the first Kauffman campus outside of the US.

A university for the world

NTU’s global reputation attracts faculty, students and partnerships from Asia, North America, Europe and beyond.

Working with local and global organisations, NTU actively explores cross-disciplinary solutions for the future. Among its academic partners are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University in the US; Cambridge University and Technische Universität München in Europe; and Peking University and Waseda University in Asia. NTU works with many global industry and research leaders, and has developed joint laboratories with BMW, Rolls-Royce, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Robert Bosch and Thales.

In 2009, NTU led the formation of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities, comprising seven top universities tackling societal issues through leading-edge science and technology. The alliance harnesses the strengths of its members – the California Institute of Technology, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, NTU and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. NTU also contributes to the global academic enterprise as a member of the ASEAN University Network, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning and World Educational Research Association.

A rich heritage: national monuments on campus

Gazetted as a national monument in 1998 and now housing the Chinese Heritage Centre, the beautifully restored former Nanyang University Administration Building, with a distinct oriental character, overlooks the historical Yunnan Garden. The Nanyang University Memorial and original Nanyang University Arch were also declared national monuments of Singapore in 1998. The NTU Art & Heritage Museum is an approved public museum under the National Heritage Board’s Approved Museum Scheme; benefactors who donate artworks and artefacts to NTU enjoy double tax deductions. 
 

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