Going abroad for pursuing a higher degree has always been in the priority list for students across the country. As usual, the first choice for most of them is going either to the US or the UK, considering the kind of infrastructure which they provide. But besides these two usual options, the National University of Singapore, or the NUS is also a good option both for the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate studies. Having done my internship at the NUS for 3 months there, I will present here few points which will surely motivate and encourage you to think about studying in this awesome university.
The National University of Singapore is a public and autonomous university located at Singapore. Founded in 1905, it is the oldest Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore, as well as the largest University in the Country in terms of student enrollment and curriculum offered. The NUS is a research-intensive, comprehensive university with an entrepreneurial dimension. It is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.
The NUS is ranked as Asia’s top university by Quaquarelli Symonds University Rankings in 2015 and 2016. Its 17 Schools located across three campus locations in Singapore, namely at Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram, provide a broad-based curriculum underscored by the multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. The NUS’ transformative education includes programmes such as student exchange, entrepreneurial internships at NUS Overseas Colleges and double degree and joint degree programmes with some of the world’s top universities, thereby offering students opportunities and challenges to realize the students potential. And the learning experience is complemented by a vibrant residential life with sufficient avenues for artistic, cultural and sporting pursuits.
The NUS is a comprehensive University offering its students a diverse spectrum of courses and enriching them through multidisciplinary and cross-faculty approaches. Learning across faculties and disciplines is highly valued and practised, with other cross-disciplinary initiatives also available for a well-rounded knowledge base and transferable skills.
The Undergraduates here learn countless lessons during their NUS journey. Steeped in an inquisitive culture, students are nurtured and inspired by prominent thought leaders to think critically and creatively while working synergistically with their peers.
The NUS’ numerous overseas programmes underscore the global nature of education offered by the University. These expeditions of varying lengths expose participants to a wide range of economic realities and challenges, and further enable them to firsthand experience how other cultures live, work and play.
Accentuating the NUS’ transformative global education are programmes that facilitate the pursuit of more than a single degree at a time. Students may choose to do a Concurrent, Double or Joint Degree offered either solely by the University, or in collaboration with several of its distinguished partner Universities from around the world.
For Postgraduates and Doctoral Studies
The NUS’ graduate programmes are characterised by intellectual rigour and cutting-edge scholarship. They are designed to nurture a passion for inquiry and to provide students with the tools to tackle intellectual challenges with confidence and creativity. NUS offers a wide range of graduate programmes catering for a variety of interests, namely:
- Doctoral Degree Programmes, which are primarily research-based and are typically the first choice for students who seek depth of knowledge, enjoy creative problem solving and who aspire to hold high level positions in their respective fields.
- Master’s Degree Programmes, which are primarily designed to prepare students for the practice of a profession (typically Master’s by coursework), or to master a subject area as a precursor to doctoral training (typically Master’s by research).
- Graduate Diploma, which provides focused professional training in a specific niche. Graduate Diploma is often favoured by students who seek additional exposure to an area of interest without committing themselves to longer-term further studies.
These programmes offer excellent opportunities for students to further develop their potential as intellectual leaders for a wide range of career paths.
Campus, Facilities and Student Life
The great diversity of the campus community creates a unique and energizing learning environment. Modern self-contained campus offers a vibrant, invigorating and inspiring lifestyle which transcends the lecture hall. No matter what you interests are: sports, theatre, music and chilling out, they have something to please you. Amenities and services ranging from food courts, bookshops, pharmacy, and grocery stores, banking facilities, healthcare and many more essential services and facilities are well located around campus, making studying and living on campus very convenient for students, residents and guests.
Singapore is officially known as the Republic of Singapore. It is also known as Singapura, which means the ‘Lion City’ in Malay. Some 5 million people live in Singapore. Most are of Chinese, Malay and Indian descent, and there are Eurasians as well. There are four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Shopping, watching movies and dining are said to be Singapore’s national pastimes. There is a diversity of cuisine in Singapore, so you might get the feeling of having traveled around the world, just by eating in Singapore!
Having said all these about the NUS and Singapore, I am sure that it would have provided you a lot of details. And believe me, you will never regret your decision to join the NUS and to choose Singapore as your education city. All the very best!
NUS is one of the foreign universities to accept the JEE scores and ranks. Find out more about such Universities here.