The first of April marked the beginning of a new chapter in NUS' development as Singapore's global university. By becoming a not-for-profit university company limited by guarantee, NUS will adopt a new model of governance with greater autonomy to chart its own destiny, differentiate itself and pursue new heights of excellence in education, research and service. A Board of Trustees which takes on the role of a Board of Directors will guide NUS management towards achieving the University's mission and goals.
NUS hosted the Inaugural IARU Presidents' Meeting on 14 January to officially launch the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). IARU members held discussions on potential IARU research collaboration, covering topics such as movement of people, ageing and health, food and water, energy and environment, and security.
NUS established the Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore University Alliance (S³UA) jointly with Korea and Fudan Universities. As part of initial implementation plans, Korea University will focus on Asian MBA programmes, while NUS and Fudan will spearhead programmes relating to Asian financial markets and bioscience, respectively. Research and education programmes initiated under S³UA will be globally oriented, with a significant focus on Asia.
NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong was appointed Chairman Emeritus of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) after completing two terms as APRU Chair. The APRU Secretariat continues to be based at NUS.
Professor Shih was also appointed Chair of the Governing Board, APRU World Institute – an institute of advanced studies that aims to gather outstanding researchers from around the world to engage in multi-disciplinary research on issues of global importance.
A China Strategy Committee has been formed to develop the overarching strategies and goals for NUS activities in China. One of its key priorities is to strengthen NUS presence in Beijing through an office. The Committee will also work towards sending 1,000 undergraduate students annually to China for field trips, study missions and work in start-ups.
As part of the China strategy, a China Alumni Secretariat was set up in Beijing on 20 October 2006 to support alumni activities and build partnerships with universities and organisations in China.
NUS signed an MOU with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to establish the NUS College in Bangalore (NCBA) – the fifth worldwide and first overseas college for graduate students. The NCBA programme is designed to expose NUS students to new developments in IT, science and technology in the city considered the Silicon Valley of India. About 25 NUS students will be selected each year to work in high-tech start-ups in Bangalore while studying business, engineering, IT and science courses at IISc. The first batch of 10 NCBA students will start their year-long internship by December this year.
NUS will develop its Bukit Timah Campus (BTC) strategically as a hub for law, public policy and research. The Faculty of Law has re-located to BTC in July 2006 while the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Asia Research Institute, East Asian Institute and Institute of South Asian Studies will shift to the campus in December 2006. To develop as a single community in a multi-campus NUS, a BTC Management Office has been set up to deliver seamless services between Kent Ridge campus and BTC.
The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (GMS) entered a new phase of its development with the groundbreaking of its site at Outram Campus. Expected to be ready in 2009, the campus will occupy an area of 23,000 sq metres with space for wet-lab research, classrooms, teaching labs, and administrative offices.
NUS launched its 14th Alumni Chapter in Melbourne to boost its global network of alumni associations.
NUS paid tribute to the generosity and vision of the late Tan Sri Dr Lee Kong Chian and the late Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan in a dedication ceremony at University Hall on 29 May 2006. NUS Chancellor Mr S R Nathan unveiled two foundation stones in honour of the two renowned philanthropists who have played a significant role in enhancing the quality of education and research at NUS. The Lee Foundation, set up by Dr Lee, and the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation established by Dr Tan, donated a total of $59m to NUS last year. Other highlights of the ceremony include the unveiling of portraits of NUS Chancellors, as well as those of Eminent Alumni − Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Dr Tony Tan.
Part of the donation by The Lee Foundation and Tan Chin Tuan Foundation has gone towards establishing Centennial Professorships for the appointment of top global talents. Renowned experts in their respective fields who have been appointed Centennial Professors are:
Events organised to commemorate the University's Centennial include the:
Ongoing efforts by the University to strengthen its curriculum and provide more diverse learning opportunities include:
The global dimension of NUS education was expanded with the following initiatives:
NUS Hollywood Lab was established in Los Angeles, California, to foster international R&D collaboration and technology commercialisation for interactive and digital media. Working closely with major Hollywood movie studios, universities and entertainment companies in North America, the research lab will focus on international R&D collaborations, student exchange and visiting professor programmes, and joint business ventures between Singapore and the US.
NUS will host Singapore's first world-scale R&D centre for water technologies in partnership with a unit of global corporation General Electric (GE). Areas of research to be conducted by GE Water & Process Technologies Global R&D Centre include water treatment and systems integration, fundamental chemical and membrane applications and ion-exchange technology. The centre will contribute to Singapore's development into a global hydrohub.
NUS Centre for Health Services Research was established in collaboration with non-profit institution RAND Corporation in the US to accelerate the development and implementation of health services research in Singapore.
NUS signed an MOU with St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee, USA, charity organisation Viva Foundation and NUH to establish the Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer (VFCC). VFCC will focus on improving the treatment and survival rate of children with cancer in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia.
An Office of India Research Initiatives (OIRI) has been set up within the NUS Office of Deputy President (Research and Technology) to bring about greater research collaboration between NUS and leading Indian universities and institutes. OIRI will facilitate research interactions through funding visits to laboratories of both countries, as well as for graduate students to work on research projects of common interest that may lead to joint degree programmes.
A Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CME) was established at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Singapore's first academic centre for biomedical ethics, CME will conduct research on bioethical issues relevant to Singapore.
The Neptune Orient Lines Fellowship Fund was launched at NUS to spearhead research in enhancing knowledge and expertise in the field of global cargo transportation and logistics. NUS will collaborate with MIT, Tsinghua University and Singapore Management University in the first two projects which will focus on maritime transportation and development.
NUS was ranked amongst the World's Top 20 and Top 3 universities in Asia in the QS World University Rankings 2006 conducted by Times of London. In rankings by discipline, NUS was placed 8th for Technology, 9th for Biomedicine, 11th for Social Sciences, and 22nd for both Arts & Humanities and Science. Criteria used for this year's rankings include research quality (peer review by 3,703 academics who were asked to identify up to 30 universities best for research within their own field of expertise, and citations per faculty); teaching quality; and graduate employability (recruiter review by 736 employers worldwide).
Newsweek ranked NUS one of the top three global universities in Asia and Australasia, and 31st overall in the world. The international magazine's ranking of global universities took into account openness and diversity, as well as distinction in research.
Financial Times ranked NUS Business School's full-time MBA programme 92nd in the world and 3rd in Asia. Besides its overall ranking, the School was rated fifth in terms of international mobility, which traces the employment movements of its alumni. Other criteria used include research output, employment rate of graduates and the percentage of faculty with doctorates.
Financial Times ranked NUS’ Asia Pacific Executive MBA (EMBA) programmes 29th in the world. NUS Business School’s EMBA programmes, in English and Chinese, were ranked according to criteria such as faculty qualifications and research output, diversity of faculty and students, and career progress of alumni.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked NUS Business School 99th in their survey of the best full-time MBA programmes in the world. EIU, the business information arm of The Economist magazine, used criteria such as faculty and student quality and effectiveness in opening new career opportunities for graduating students.
NUS Business School was ranked 51st worldwide in research rankings published by the University of Texas, Dallas. According to the Texas university's survey from 2001 to 2005, the NUS school is rated fourth worldwide outside North America.
TopMBA.com International Recruiter Survey 2006 rated NUS Business School the most preferred school from which to recruit MBA graduates amongst business schools in Asia Pacific. The survey of 455 companies in 33 countries was conducted by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the world’s leading network for top careers and education.
Centennial II, a race car designed and built by a team of engineering students, was ranked 9th in the world for overall design at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineering (FSAE) competition held in Michigan. Overall, it was ranked 1st in Asia and 27th globally.
A team of students from the Faculty of Law emerged champions at the 4th Annual International Inter-University Intellectual Property Mooting Competition held at Oxford University.