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A leading global university centered in Asia, influencing the future, Transforms the way people think and do things through education, research, and service. Founded in 1905 as a modest medical school with 23 students, NUS is today widely known for our pioneering education and innovative research, which have impacted the community in Singapore and beyond. We offer a global and Asian approach to education, research, and entrepreneurship. The University is especially renowned for our research in engineering, science and technology, biomedical sciences, and the humanities and social sciences.
NUS' main campus since 1980, the sprawling 150-hectare Kent Ridge Campus, hosts most of the University's academic, research, and administrative facilities. It is also a bustling hub of student life, with student residences, sports facilities, and venues for arts and cultural activities. University Town (UTown) – an extension of the Kent Ridge Campus — offers a unique residential college concept and a host of educational and recreational spaces for interaction, peer learning, and personal development. UTown is also home to Yale-NUS College, Singapore's first liberal arts college with a fully residential program.
At NUS, we provide a holistic education. You can hone your entrepreneurial skills and make an impact on the community while having some fun. We started as a modest medical school with 23 students in 1905, founded by a determined group of businessmen led by Tan Jiak Kim, to serve the local community's needs. Today, more than 100 years on, as Singapore's flagship university, we continue to serve the country and society. Learn more about our rich heritage and the leaders of this institution.
NUS offers a global and Asian experience that is broad, deep, and rigorous. An NUS education is recognized as among the best in Asia and the world. Whichever undergraduate or graduate program students choose, their experience will be intellectually fulfilling within and outside the classroom.
Our undergraduates can go on study-abroad programs at over 300 top universities across 50 countries. Aspiring entrepreneurs can take the first step towards their dreams with various opportunities, including our nine NUS Overseas Colleges offering internships in high-tech start-ups and classes at prestigious partner universities in some of the most enterprising hubs in the world.
Through collaborations with renowned partner universities to set up schools & programs here, NUS students are provided with opportunities for a global experience and exposure right here "at home."
Duke-NUS was established in 2005 as a strategic collaboration between Duke University and NUS to complement NUS' existing undergraduate medical school. The school's curriculum is patterned after that of the Duke University School of Medicine.
The Yale-NUS College, established in 2011 in collaboration with Yale University, offers a unique, leading-edge, and paradigm-changing model in liberal arts education for the 21st century contextualized to Asia.
NUS University Town (UTown) welcomed its first batch of students in 2011. First of its kind in Singapore and the region, UTown is adapted from leading residential colleges globally and combines the vibrancy of campus living with an exciting learning experience in a global setting – one that fosters a spirit of adventure, inquiry, and enterprise.


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