• Successful roll-out of 3-in-1 smart card as corporate identity & matriculation card, access card for campus-wide facilities and cash card for micro payment (since 1991).

  • Two multimedia Internet technologies, Gopher and World Wide Web were embraced to house the University's campus-wide information resources.

  • To provide a readily available archive of public domain software and important documents, NUS expanded its FTP archives from 300MB to 25GB, mirroring over 25 important overseas sites.

  • Downsizing of the academic computers from the IBM mainframe to UNIX host computers.

  • Introduction of mandatory computer accounts for all students.


  • NUS has truly gone distributed computing. Personal computers were provided for each of its 1,300 academic staff members.

  • NUS joined the privileged league of academic institutions in the world with access to supercomputing power when it established links to one of the two supercomputers in Singapore at the Science Park.


  • Completion of major renovations and extension to Computer Centre building doubled the floor area and enabled the setting up of new facilities.

  • NUS spearheaded Singapore's entry into the Internet world with the establishment of Technet Unit.

  • Installation of three UNIX hosts - two DEC 5500 and one DEC 5000/200 - and 15 UNIX workstations.


  • With the completion of NUSNET, the campus-wide network which forms the backbone of the University's IT-intensive environment for the 90s and beyond.

  • The high-speed FDDI fibre-optic network now links all the 93 academic and administrative departments and over 3,000 computers in all offices, classrooms, laboratories and halls of residence.

  • NUS researchers get another boost with the linkup to INTERNET, a world-wide information and communications network.