Summit on Transformational Leadership for Global Universities

The inaugural Summit on Transformational Leadership for Global Universities held from 8 to 10 November 2016 at NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute in China attracted more than 60 participants, comprising senior management from 24 local and overseas universities, as well as key China officials. Among the invited guests were Mr Xu Tao, Director-General, Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, China’s Ministry of Education; Suzhou Vice Mayors Mr Wang Xiang and Mr Wang Hongsheng; and Mr Stanley Lee, Senior Director of Programmes and Partnerships, Temasek Foundation International.

Temasek Foundation International-NUS Programme for Leadership in University Management (TFI-NUS PLUM)

The Temasek Foundation International-NUS Programme for Leadership in University Management (TFI-NUS PLUM) serves as a platform for university leaders to discuss issues, share experiences, generate and advance breakthrough ideas on the governance and management of Asian universities. Since 2012, over 250 university leaders from ASEAN, China and India have attended this programme.

NUS Global Strategy

The NUS Global Strategy builds upon the strong foundation of our global efforts, shaped by the forces of an increasingly globalising and changing world.

The Impact of Study Abroad Programmes on Graduate Employment Outcomes (Pre-print)

This paper examines the impact of study abroad programmes on three outcomes, namely, (1) the salary of graduates’ first job upon graduation, (2) their job search duration and (3) their academic performance at graduation. This is achieved by merging a dataset that contains information about undergraduates’ participation in study abroad programmes during the period 2007-2013 while in the National University of Singapore with the self-reported outcomes in the Graduate Employment Survey.

News - 2017

6 March 2017

South Asia and the world

The global landscape today is shrouded in a cloud of hostility and it would be in the interests of all to make sure that countries in South Asia become partners in peace and prosperity rather than hotbeds of strategic competition. This was the key message driven home at the 11th ISAS International Conference on South Asia on 3 March at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at NUS.


6 March 2017

Deconstructing populism

Distinguished speakers at this year’s Tembusu Forum who shared their insights on populism from the perspectives of their respective countries included Mr Jonathan Darby, Acting Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Singapore; former US Ambassador Frank Lavin; and Assoc Prof Tan Ern Ser from NUS Arts and Social Sciences


1 February 2017

World Order in the Age of Trump

Prof Amitav Acharya, Boeing Company Chair in International Relations, Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University, shared that recognising the challenges faced by the existing order is key to any hopes for building world order 2.0, in a lecture organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS.


24 January 2017

Putting families first

Leading Harvard scholar and Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology Professor Mary C Brinton delivered an engaging lecture titled “Postindustrial fertility rates in East Asia and Europe: Lessons for Singapore” on 19 January at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House to a rapt audience of 250 NUS faculty, staff, students and guests...

16 January 2017

The Challenges Ahead – Europe and the World

His Excellency Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, delivered a public lecture at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS where he offered his thoughts on the current developments in Europe and globally in the aftermath of the Brexit amid growing populist sentiments...

7 January 2017

Has the game changed?

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, delivered the keynote address at the APSIA-Foreign Affairs-LKY School conference held at NUS where he outlined four major trends that have contributed to a shift in politics in most advanced nations...

6 January 2017

Cultural Transfers in History

NUS University Professor and renowned historian, Professor Wang Gungwu, delivered a lecture at Presidency 200’s Global Education Summit, a conference organised to mark India’s prestigious Presidency University’s bicentenary celebrations...

3 January 2017

Perspectives on the Pacific Century

The Honourable Kirk Wagar, United States Ambassador to Singapore, shared his insightful perspectives on the implications of recent events on politics, trade and security in Southeast Asia...

News - 2016

29 November 2016


Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan gave a public lecture at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy where he recounted the country’s transition from Monarchy to Parliamentary Democracy...

18 November 2016

Geopolitics & Pakistan’s Position in the World

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Mr Shaukat Aziz recently launched his book at our Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and shared his insights on Pakistan and the World...

14 November 2016

Driving Singapore’s War on Diabetes

Professor Paul Zimmet, Monash University’s Professor of Diabetes and Honorary President of the International Diabetes Foundation, was one of the distinguished panellist at this year’s Public Health Thought Leadership Dialogue, organised by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health...

11 November 2016

Dr. Bryan Low is appointed Global Future Council Fellow

Assistant Professor Bryan Low has been appointed World Economic Forum Global Future Council Fellow for The Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. The Council explores how developments in AI and robotics will impact industry, governments and society, and design governance models that maximize their benefits and minimize the associated risks. Positions on the Council are reserved for the foremost thought leaders from academia and industry to develop new insights and perspectives on key global systems that will positively impact decision-making processes worldwide...

25 October 2016

New Frontiers in International Regulatory Science

Professor Guido Rasi, Executive Director of European Medicines Agency, shared his insights on preparing for new challenges and opportunities in the health products regulatory space at the Scientific Conference 2016: Frontiers in Good Regulatory Practice, organised by the Centre of Regulatory Excellence at the Duke-NUS Medical School...

5 October 2016

Humanitarianism and Challenges to Humanitarian Action

Dr Unni Karunakara, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University, and a humanitarian worker and public health professional for two decades, highlighted the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies in providing life-saving assistance to those affected by crises around the globe...

5 October 2016

Fostering global relations

Qatar’s Foreign Affairs Minister, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed, shared more on Singapore-Qatar relations at the 3rd S R Nathan Annual Distinguished Lecture, organised by the NUS Middle East Institute...

4 October 2016

A Cloud for Global Good

Ms Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft, provided useful insights during a panel discussion at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS on how technology can be a vital resource for solving the world’s problems....

28 September 2016

No limits to being better

NUS President Professor Tan delivered a keynote speech at the Times Higher Education’s World Academic Summit at the University of California, Berkeley, where he shared more on NUS’ differentiating value proposition...

31 August 2016

India in the World of the 21st Century

Dr Shashi Tharoor, Indian politician and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, delivered an address at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy where he presented an elaborate discourse of India’s historical challenges and its transformation to meet the needs of a globalised world, politically and economically...

30 August 2016

Ban Ki-moon: Be a global citizen

The eighth and current UN Secretary-General shared his personal experience with NUS students and faculty at “Thought Leaders at NUS: In Conversation with the Secretary-General of the United Nations” on 30 August...

29 August 2016

Myanmar Minister visits NUS

Recently appointed Myanmar Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi visited NUS on 29 August to learn more about the University as well as faculty and student exchange programmes...

21 July 2016

Meeting of minds on South Asia

NUS’ Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) held the South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC) 2016 on 18 to 19 July, bringing together South Asian business leaders, politicians, policy makers and academics, as well as individuals with a keen in interest in the region, to exchange ideas and build collaborative networks. Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, graced the occasion as Guest-of-Honour...

18 July 2016

On globalisation and the Indian diaspora

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke on globalisation in a dialogue moderated by former Indian Foreign Secretary Mr Shyam Saran. This lively dialogue during the Gala Dinner of the South Asian Diaspora Convention was organised by the NUS Institute of South Asian Studies...

13 July 2016

Suzhou Mayor visits NUS

Mr Qu Futian, the Deputy Party Secretary of the Communist Party of China Suzhou Municipal Committee and Mayor of Suzhou Municipal Government paid a visit to NUS on 12 July...

24 June 2016

Pillars of educational success

Agility and drive; recruiting top-class talent; innovation and differentiation; and establishing global partnerships — these are the key factors for growth and development of universities in a complex and constantly changing education landscape. In an op-ed for Times Higher Education (THE) earlier this week, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan revealed the four-pronged strategy adopted by the University on its road to success. NUS was recently named Asia’s top university in the latest THE Asia University Rankings...

20 June 2016

Global Leadership needed in the Era of Fourth Industrial Revolution

In this dialogue session held at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, Prof Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, shared his thoughts on the leadership needed to thrive in a new era of technological revolution, located at the Sino-Singapore Nanjing Eco Hi-tech Island in Nanjing, China...

2 June 2016

Global Threats to the Global City

In a plenary session at the 2016 Chicago Forum on Global Cities, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, who sits on the World Economic Forum's Science Advisory Committee and is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine, provided his insights on pandemics and other transnational security threats to global cities...

1 June 2016

Unmasking terrorists

Terrorists joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) today share the same profile as insurgents who joined the Iraq War 10 years ago, but the current refugee crisis adds another layer of complexity, said Professor Alan Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He gave a talk titled “What Makes a Terrorist” at the NUS U@live: Lifting Thought Leadership forum, organised by NUS Alumni Relations, on 25 May...

23 May 2016

Capturing the Value of Prevention

Professor John Ioannidis [C. F. Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention at Stanford University], one of the most influential scientists alive, delivered a talk on the effectiveness and key challenges faced in research studies on disease prevention...

29 April 2016

Law Dean on UN University Council

NUS Law Dean Professor Simon Chesterman will assume his role as one of 12 new members of the governing United Nations University (UNU) Council on 3 May. The new appointees will serve for terms of either three or six years. The appointments, announced in New York on 27 April, were made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Director-General Irina Bokova...

18 April 2016

NUS President receives Leadership Award

For his “unparalleled creative and visionary leadership”, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan has been conferred the prestigious 2015 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Asia-Pacific Leadership Award...

23 March 2016

A Better Future through the Demise of Zero Sum Games

H.E. Dr Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran, addressed the audience at the 2016 Middle East Institute Prominent Speaker Series where he shared on the broader issues taking place in the Middle East and Iran's nuclear programme...

18 March 2016

Preparing for pandemics

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan was one of 12 eminent global experts of an Independent Oversight Group, tasked with steering the Global Health Risk Framework Commission to look at gaps concerning preparedness, response and leadership with regard to the rising threat of infectious diseases...

29 January 2016

Who decides what is right?

The Honourable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, gave a public lecture, “Judges as moral arbiters”, held in conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor Programme, on 28 January 2016 at Bukit Timah Campus...

26 January 2016

Curiosity key to breakthrough science

Nobel Laureate Professor Ada Yonath’s passion about her work shows when she revealed that she felt more joy at seeing her first protein structure than getting the phone call from the Norwegian Nobel Committee...

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