The Changing Face of Education

Within the past year alone, NUS successfully opened its University Town, launched the inaugural Yale-NUS College, and cinched the 25th spot in the latest QS World University Rankings – proving to all and sundry that where education is concerned, the academic behemoth still has plenty more aces up its sleeve.

By Winifred Tan

Today, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is home to over 37,000 students from 100 countries and a dynamic community where diverse cultural perspectives are respected and collaborative learning is key. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the bustling UTown, the place where we meet two NUS students, 20-year-old Tok Kheng Leng and 23-year-old Justin Ou Yang.

Tok Kheng Leng

“If I had to describe NUS in three words, I would say ‘rigorous’, ‘vibrant’, and ‘welcoming’,” says Kheng Leng with a smile. “People here are genuinely friendly. Just the other day we even held a singing and performing event downstairs at the amphitheatre, called ‘Decibels’. Staying on campus is cool because it feels like a true residential college, where everything from studying to having fun happens in the same place.”

Staying in Cinnamon College of UTown comes as part of the benefits of the NUS Global Merit Scholarship, which Kheng Leng was awarded with when she matriculated.

The NUS Global Merit Scholarship, as with the other NUS undergraduate scholarships, is bond-free. Apart from full subsidy for hall residence and tuition fees, Kheng Leng was also given a one-time computer allowance of $2,000 and the option to enrol in the University Scholars Programme (USP) or the University Town Residential Programme.

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An All-Rounded Education

By: Shi Tianyun

Young and rapidly growing, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the fastest-rising university in the world’s top 50 universities. Ranked 47th in the world, it is also placed 4th globally among young elite universities.

The university does not only provide students with world-class education, it also ensures their graduates are equipped with the experience and industrial knowledge to set them off on a running start when they enter the working society. Take the four-year Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering programme for example. The programme provides valuable experience either at local or overseas firms in manufacturing or research and development for all year three students.

Lam Ka Man

This industrial attachment is the very reason 22-year-old Lam Ka Man, a Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technology graduate from Nanyang Polytechnic, chose to pursue her further studies at NTU. “Polytechnic graduates are exempted from having to do an industrial attachment at other local universities. The industrial attachment I underwent back in my Polytechnic days was enriching and useful; I applied what I learnt in school in real life situations and gained invaluable practical experience.” Ka Man, who aspires to be a process engineer, is eagerly anticipating embarking on her industrial attachment next semester for a better insight into the pharmaceutical industry and job scope where her interest lies.

Besides the industrial attachment, the course work involves plenty of hands-on work that the future engineer believes sets NTU from other institutes. Besides plenty of hours spent in the lab, lecturers are often able to provide students with a better understanding of how certain equipment work in set-up labs that are housed on campus.

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