Consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Asia and the world, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is internationally respected for its high-quality research in science, technology and the humanities — and, increasingly, at the interfaces between these areas. In 2016, NUS rose two positions to the 24th spot in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, the best performance achieved to date. NUS performed well and maintained a strong 12th position in this year’s QS World University Rankings. The University was also named the top institution in Asia for the second year running in both ranking exercises.
NUS' 17 Schools and Faculties, as well as its 30 university-level research institutes and centres, focus on critical issues confronting Asia and the world. The University is also home to three of Singapore’s five Research Centres of Excellence (RCEs) — specialising in quantum technologies, cancer and mechanobiology -— and is a partner in a fourth RCE on environmental life sciences and engineering. Much of the research at NUS is integrated and multi-disciplinary in nature, with particular emphasis on themes such as integrative sustainability solutions for energy, water and the environment; ageing populations; biomedical sciences and translational medicine; global-Asian studies; finance and risk management; maritime; and, materials science. In early 2016, NUS launched the smart nation research cluster which focuses on bringing together experts from different disciplines to drive the development of new discoveries that will improve the way we do things today.
In 2015, NUS had more than 2,400 research active faculty who produced over 8,300 publications and filed over 520 patents and 295 invention disclosures. Over S$714 million external research funding was awarded. NUS faculty served as consultants and advisors to more than 1,800 industry and government bodies. Several leading companies have also chosen to establish research labs and partnerships at NUS including Sembcorp, GE, Zeiss and Agilent.
The NUS Kent Ridge campus, which includes the National University Hospital, is located within Singapore’s main research district. Its neighbours include the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) at NUS’ University Town, which brings together top researchers from around the world; the A*STAR research institutes at Biopolis and Fusionopolis; and a variety of public and private labs at the Science Parks. This proximity promotes collaboration and synergy between NUS and the wider R&D community, and creates a fertile environment for education, innovation and enterprise.
NUS is internationally respected for its high-quality research. Research output continues to grow rapidly over the years.
Some highlights of 2015 were:
Research Active Faculty
Papers published in internationally refereed journal
Research collaborative agreements were signed
External research grant awarded