National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore
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Vision Towards a Global Knowledge Enterprise
Established 1905
Type Public
Chancellor President S.R. Nathan
President Professor Shih Choon Fong
Deputy President & Provost Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
Location Singapore, Kent Ridge
Students 31,346 total (8,595 Graduate)
Faculty and Staff 6,631 total (2,055 Faculty)

The National University of Singapore's (Abbreviated NUS; Chinese: 新加坡国立大学; Abbreviated 国大) flagship Kent Ridge campus is located in the southwest of the Republic of Singapore at Kent Ridge, bounded by the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), Clementi Road, Buona Vista Road and Kent Ridge Park, with an area of approximately 1.5 square kilometres.

One of the three universities in Singapore, (the other two being Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU)) the university was listed as one of the best universities in Asia by AsiaWeek magazine (now defunct) in 2000. In late 2004, NUS was rated 18th in a global ranking of universities by The Times Higher Education Supplement, one of only 3 Asian universities (the other two being the University of Tokyo and Peking University) to be rated among the top 20. In another recent academic ranking, it is ranked between the top 101th to 152th universities of the world. See Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university is a member of LAOTSE, an international network of universities in Europe and Asia.

NUS celebrates its 100th birthday in 2005. In celebration of this milestone, the university will be holding a year long centennial anniversary ( programme beginning 25 June 2005.



The university traces its origins to the founding of The Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School in 1905, a realization of a dream by the city's founder, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, way back in 1823. Its name was changed to King Edward VII Medical School in 1912 and to King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1921.

In 1929, Raffles College was established to promote Arts and Social Sciences at tertiary level for Singapore students, and exactly two decades later, was merged with King Edward VII College of Medicine to form the University of Malaya.

In 1959, the University of Malaya was redivided into two divisions, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and University of Malaya in Singapore. The latter division finally split to form the University of Singapore in 1962.

The present institution was formed with the merger of the University of Singapore and Nanyang University in 1980.

Faculties and schools

NUS has 13 faculties and schools, spread across the widest range of disciplines compared to any other Singapore educational institution.

Staff and student body

  • Students (as at 30 September 2004)
    • Undergraduate Students: 22,751
    • Graduate Students: 8,595
  • Faculty and Staff (as at 31 August 2004)
    • Faculty Members: 2,055
    • Research Staff: 1,151
    • Administrative and Professional Staff: 856
    • General Staff: 2,569


NUS's Kent Ridge campus has 6 libraries and 35 lecture theatres. 8 halls of residences and 3 student residences offer a total of over 6,000 students accommodation in campus. In addition, 4 museums, full facilities for the performing arts, sports and recreational facilities, and a satellite imagery receiving station are sited in the sprawling campus spread over a hilly terrain, with wireless internet access available campus-wide.




Halls of residence

Student residences


See also

External links

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