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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 - 2017

3 April 2017

DPM Teo visits Keio-NUS CUTE Center

National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean was introduced to an array of innovative projects when he visited the Keio-NUS Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiments (CUTE) Center on 15 March. He was accompanied on the visit by representatives from NRF, NUS and the Public Service Division.


31 March 2017

Unmasking the Temple Pitviper

A proposal by NUS Biological Sciences researchers to sequence the genome of the Temple Pitviper has been selected as one of the five finalists — out of more than 200 entries globally and the only entry from Asia — in the 2017 Plant and Animal SMRT Grant Program. Supporters can vote for their favourite project once a day from now till 5 April.


9 February 2017

Don't give rocky shores a wide berth

Prof Stephen Hawkins, an expert on rocky shores from the University of Southampton in Britain, visited NUS under the National University of Singapore Society Professorship programme, and was hosted by the Dept of Biological Sciences (DBS) at NUS Faculty of Science. Prof Hawkins shared his studies on rocky shore habitats, and noted that while rocky shores are widely studied in temperate regions, there is scant data on them and how they function in the tropics. Researchers under Assoc Prof Peter Todd, who is from the DBS, are embarking on projects to learn more about these habitats...


18 January 2017

Becoming a successful scientist

NUS was abuzz with scintillating discussion when three Nobel Laureates — Professor Aaron Ciechanover, Sir Andre Geim and Sir Timothy Hunt — shared their thoughts on how scientists could be successful during a panel discussion at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine on 16 January. Held in conjunction with Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north 2017, the event was moderated by Professor Barry Halliwell, Senior Advisor to NUS President, and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor...

16 January 2017

Harnessing data analytics for smoother commutes

You can be sure that when a leading global university, an e-commerce giant and a major operator of contactless stored value cards come together, big things will happen — big data analytics to be exact. Earlier this month, a collaboration was formed between NUS; Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group; and EZ-Link, Singapore’s largest issuer of Contactless e-Purse Application (CEPAS) compliant cards...

11 January 2017

NUS researcher named TED Fellow

Marine biologist and Research Fellow Dr Neo Mei Lin from the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining the newest class of 15 change-makers from around the world. She is the only Singaporean to make the prestigious list this year. Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows programme brings together young innovators across disciplines who display outstanding achievement, exemplary character and an innovative approach to solving the world’s tough problems...

5 January 2017

App brings images to life

NUS Computing Associate Professor Zhao Shengdong’s app SketchBook Motion, which allows users to add elements of motion to otherwise static illustrations, has been named one of Apple’s “Best of 2016” iPad apps. The app features tools such as Beeline, Grow and Particle that produce movement quickly and easily, allowing users to add depth and emotion to their creations. It was developed based on a research paper published in 2014 together with his former PhD student Dr Rubaiat Habib and collaborators from the University of Toronto and Autodesk Research...

News - 2016

8 December 2016

Tech review lauds young innovators

Two young outstanding NUS researchers have been honoured as “Innovators Under 35” by EmTech Asia, in association with MIT Technology Review...

7 December 2016

NUS prof to chair Biomedical Research Council

Prominent research leader and biomedical scientist Professor Barry Halliwell will help to steer biomedical research efforts in Singapore at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) from 1 January 2017...

5 December 2016

Cancer breakthroughs

The Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI Singapore) at NUS have made recent discoveries that may lead to new approaches for countering breast and ovarian cancers...This study was conducted in collaboration with clinicians from the National University Hospital and scientists from Imperial College London.

28 November 2016

Engineering honours

NUS Engineering’s Professor Lim Chwee Teck, Professor Hong Minghui and Dr Luo Sha took home top honours at this year’s ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards. The awards were presented at the 34th Conference of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations, held from 20 to 24 November in Manila, the Philippines...

25 November 2016

NUS, Deltares partner for urban resilience

NUS and Dutch applied research institute Deltares signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 November to formally launch the development of a new Singapore Centre on Urban Resilience (SeCURE). The initiative will use big data and adopt a holistic systems approach to address urban resilience challenges — such as climate change induced flooding and drought — in Southeast Asia, a “global hotspot for water insecurity”...

18 November 2016

Self-driving scooter unveiled

The vision of a car-lite society and efficient door to door mobility led NUS and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology to embark on a collaborative research project on autonomous, self-driving vehicles. The latest in the series is a self-driving scooter that is meant for use in pedestrian environments, to navigate smaller and narrower pathways where larger vehicles cannot easily move around in....

16 November 2016

World’s most highly cited researchers

Eleven NUS scientists and engineers have been named among the most prominent researchers in the world by Clarivate Analytics, the former Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters. The Highly Cited Researchers 2016 report revealed that the University also recorded the most number of highly cited researchers among research institutions in Singapore for the third consecutive year...

26 October 2016

Luminescent biotrackers

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 honoured

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

Understanding risks

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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