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Consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Asia and the world, NUS is internationally respected for its high-quality research in science, technology and the humanities — and, increasingly, at the interfaces between these areas.

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NUS' 17 Schools and Faculties, as well as its 26 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 integrated sustainability solutions for energy, water and the environment; ageing populations; biomedical sciences and translational medicine; global-Asian studies; finance and risk management; and, materials science.

News - 2016

26 October 2016


NUS spinoff company LuminiCell, which engineers fluorescent bioprobes using innovative technology developed at the University, has been profitable since its set-up in May 2014...Collaborating with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Professor Ben Zhong Tang, who discovered AIE, Prof Liu developed water-dispersible fluorescent organic nanomaterials.


19 October 2016

Cancer Researcher

Professor Patrick Tan, from the Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Programme in Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), was recently conferred the inaugural JCA International Award by the Japanese Cancer Association (JCA) for his achievements in genomic and epigenomic analyses of gastric cancer. Prof Tan was presented the award at the 75th Annual Meeting of the JCA, in Yokohama, Japan this past October...


4 October 2016


The new Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk — Asia’s first international academic and public outreach institution of its kind — was launched at NUS on 3 October. The Institute aims to enhance public dialogue on risk issues that are relevant to Asia and the world, paving the way for more informed decision-making by policymakers, business leaders, scientists and people across Asia for the betterment of society.


22 July 2016

Flexible memory

A tiny piece of film is set to pack a big punch for memory- and performance-hungry applications. Created by NUS engineers, the “smart” plastic promises to significantly improve data storage and processing power, making flexible and wearable electronics a not-so-distant possibility. The invention has been engineered in collaboration with researchers from Yonsei University in South Korea, Ghent University in Belgium and Singapore’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering...

27 May 2016

Microsoft tie-up on data science

NUS will collaborate with Microsoft to develop a series of industry-relevant data science research and education initiatives which will benefit the industry and academia in Singapore and the Asia Pacific. This partnership underscores the University’s strategic thrust on developing integrated data science capabilities in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision...

20 May 2016

NUS, Scripps partner on ocean research

NUS inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of California (UC), San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) on 20 May, charting the way forward for collaboration in ocean research and development...

10 May 2016

Heritage trails get app-graded

A new app developed by the Keio-NUS CUTE Center and National Heritage Board (NHB) has made local heritage trails more accessible to the public. The Singapore Heritage Trails app contains more than 80 trails curated by NHB as well as other public agencies, schools and community groups, and is the first to consolidate all of Singapore’s heritage trails onto a single platform...

26 April 2016

Law on the high seas

A new $1.56 million research programme by the NUS Centre for International Law and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will build up expertise in maritime governance...

23 March 2016

Sembcorp-NUS Nanjing water research centre

NUS and Sembcorp Development Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop a research centre at the Nanjing International Water Hub, located at the Sino-Singapore Nanjing Eco Hi-tech Island in Nanjing, China...

17 March 2016

Topping international construction research

NUS has been ranked top globally for international construction research by the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, ahead of 72 other institutions...

8 March 2016

New centre targets leukaemia research

The new $10 million VIVA-NUS Centre for Translational Research in Acute Leukaemia, which aims to boost research on paediatric acute leukaemia, was officially opened on 4 March at the Centre for Translational Medicine...

12 February 2016

NUS profs among top 100 Asian scientists

Three professors from NUS have gained a place in Asian Scientist’s inaugural Asian Scientist 100 list...

28 January 2016

Algorithm predicts cell changes

Researchers from the Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), the University of Bristol, Monash University and RIKEN have designed an algorithm that can predict the factors necessary for human cell conversion. The findings have important implications for regenerative medicine...

21 January 2016

Leading international arbitration lawyer joins NUS as Director of the Centre for International Law

The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced that Ms Lucy Reed, an internationally renowned practitioner-scholar of international law, will join NUS in July 2016 as Director of the Centre for International Law (CIL). She will also be appointed...

14 January 2016

NUS experts among world’s highly-cited

Eleven NUS scientists have been named among the world’s most prominent scientific minds in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2015 report. NUS has the distinction of having the most number of highly-cited researchers among research institutions in Singapore for the second year running...

13 January 2016

Joining hands for cybersecurity

The University has been awarded almost $1 million through three NUS Computing and NUS Mechanical Engineering projects, which aim to create a more resilient global cyberspace, under the inaugural Singapore-UK Joint Grant Call for Cybersecurity Research...

6 January 2016

Gene network linked to neuro disorders

Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School and Imperial College London have identified a network of genes in the human brain that not only regulates normal cognitive abilities, but is associated with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders. This is the first time that such genetic convergence between cognition and these disorders has been identified...

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