The National University of Singapore is one of the most famous and prestigious institutions in the world. It is known for its intensive focus on research and its entrepreneurial dimension. Compared to other famous and top universities, NUS was formed quite recently, despite which it has established itself as one of the best universities in the world. Following are some interesting facts about NUS.
1). Newest yet the oldest: Although it is quite new when compared to the top universities in the world, NUS is the oldest university in Singapore as it was established in 1905. It is also one of the two largest universities on the country.
2). The Big Numbers: The University has 3 campuses, 12 undergraduate schools, 4 graduate schools and 26 University level research institutes and centres. This is enough to convey how rapidly it has gained success in the educational world.
3). The Many Courses: It is not only in the campuses and colleges that NUS has rapidly risen, the university offers 52 bachelor’s degrees, 28 double majors, 27 concurrent degrees, 35 joint degrees, 71 double degrees, 144 master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and graduate diplomas. Quite big numbers for an institution which was started just as a medical school.
4). The Top Rankings: NUS was ranked 1st in the top universities in Asia according to the QS World University Rankings and was ranked as the 12th best university in the world. It is one of the youngest universities to attain such high ranks on the global level.
5). The famous people: The University has a galore of several influential people who have either studied or taught in it. Its faculty includes people such as Kofi Annan (former secretary general of UNO), Nalin Mehta (famous India writer and columnist) and Artur Ekert (one of the inventors of quantum cryptography).
Balaji Sadasivan; former chairman of the executive board of the WHO, Goh Chok Tong; Singapore’s second prime minister, Tony Tan; Singapore’s 7th president and Margaret Chan; Director-General of the World Health Organization are some of the famous people who have studied at NUS.