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Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (Abbreviation: NTU) is a major research university in Singapore. The university's garden campus, known as the Yunnan Garden campus, is in the southwestern part of Singapore. NTU's mission is to nurture creative and entrepreneurial leaders through a broad education in diverse disciplines. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering.


Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has a distinguished lineage with roots that go back to 1955, when Nanyang University (Nantah), the first Chinese-language university in Southeast Asia, was set up with donations from people of all walks of life, from Singapore and the region. Nanyang University was built on land donated by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, a well-known clan association.

Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) was established on the same campus in 1981 with government funding to educate practice-oriented engineers for the burgeoning Singapore economy. In 1991, NTI became Nanyang Technological University with the absorption of the National Institute of Education. The alumni rolls of the former Nanyang University were transferred to NTU in 1996.

In April 2006, NTU was corporatised. Autonomy brings about increased flexibility and new opportunities, allowing NTU to draw on its strengths to enhance global education and research, and to soar to greater heights on the world stage.

Through its four colleges with 12 schools, and two autonomous entities, the National Institute of Education and S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU provides a high-quality global education to more than 20,000 undergraduates and 8,700 graduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond.

The university's 2,500-strong teaching and research staff hail from more than 40 countries, bringing dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

Diverse disciplines for diverse talents

The university's College of Engineering has six schools focused on technology and innovation, and is one of the world's largest engineering colleges with a research output among the top four in the world.

The College of Science runs the only direct honours Bachelor's degree programmes in the biological, and physical and mathematical sciences in Singapore.

The Nanyang Business School (which is the College of Business) offers one of the world's top 50 MBA programmes and is the first and only Singapore business school to be ranked in the top 50 of the Financial Times 2008 MBA rankings. 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 Singapore's first professional art school offering degree courses in art, design and interactive digital media; a fast-growing humanities and social sciences school with distinctive niches of excellence; and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, a top journalism and media school in Asia.

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

The S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, an autonomous graduate institution of NTU, runs the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, long recognised as a world authority on terrorism.

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 and 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.

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 makes significant contributions to the nation's renewed drive for research and innovation spearheaded by the Singapore National Research Foundation. This effort will see S$2.4 billion being invested over the next five years in biomedical sciences, environmental and water technologies, and interactive and digital media - areas NTU is strong in.

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 11 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.

Local and overseas campuses

NTU's main 200-ha residential, garden campus - housing Singapore's largest on-campus residence infrastructure including 16 halls of residence - is located in the southwestern part of Singapore. Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU has another campus in Singapore, NTU@one-north, located right next to the Biopolis, Singapore's biomedical research hub, and the upcoming Fusionopolis, a new epicentre of info-communications and digital media. With its strategic location, NTU is considering setting 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 better deliver its continuing education programmes, through the Centre for Continuing Education and Confucius Institute of NTU also located at the new campus.

In addition to the Yunnan Garden campus and the NTU@one-north campus, NTU has other campuses in US, Europe, India and China hosted by well-known partner universities, such as Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, University of St Gallen in Switzerland and Indian Institute of Technology and Peking University in Asia. Through the university's flagship Global Immersion Programme, covering 13 cities in five countries, NTU undergraduates also spend from 6 months up to a year at these overseas campuses.
Outstanding international profile
NTU's international outreach is broad and strong and includes academic and research partnerships with more than 300 institutions in about 45 countries.

The university's multi-country programmes and initiatives are conducted with institutions such as MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, Caltech, University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Waseda University, Indian Institute of Technology, Cambridge University, Imperial College and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Nanyang Technological University Ranked 69th in the 2007 THES-QS World University ranking

Nanyang Technological University Ranked 77th in the 2008 THES-QS World University ranking

Nanyang Technological University Ranked 73rd in the 2009 THES-QS World University ranking

Nanyang Technological University Ranked 74th in the 2010 QS World University ranking

Nanyang Technological University Ranked 58th in the 2011 QS World University ranking

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