Provost’s Welcome Message

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We are deeply honoured that you have chosen to pursue your degree at the National University of Singapore (NUS). On behalf of NUS, I am pleased to welcome you to the NUS family.

NUS is a leading global university comprising about 38,000 students and 5,900 faculty and researchers across 17 Schools. This milieu of talents collectively creates a vibrant and cosmopolitan campus environment that is rich in diversity, and truly a microcosm of the global workplace.

An NUS education will accord you with many opportunities within and beyond the classroom to acquire knowledge, to develop your interests and inclinations, and to stretch your potential, all within a nurturing and conducive learning environment. Through the course of an NUS education, you will emerge as an able global citizen, competent, confident and ready to make a mark and contribute to society.

At NUS, we take exceptional pride in delivering an education that is intellectually rigorous, yet flexible, holistic and transformative. The university is continually improving and expanding on our educational offerings: we have introduced many interesting options and differentiated academic pathways that you can pursue. Choose from the many major and minor combinations, double, joint or concurrent degrees offered, some of which are in collaboration with a partner university. You could explore spending a semester abroad at one of our partner universities, or perhaps, a work and study stint at one of the NUS Overseas Colleges, or pursue an internship to gain insights to industry. NUS has also introduced different residential living and learning programmes at the halls and residential colleges that are designed to complement and augment disciplinary learning, and I would like to encourage you to participate in this enriching and memorable learning opportunity.

To prepare you for exciting future careers in this rapidly changing global workplace, the Centre for Future-ready Graduates has designed a module named ‘Roots and Wings’ for first year undergraduates that will allow you to discover your potential at an early stage, develop self-awareness and self-mastery, and hone career preparation skills, enabling you to chart your NUS educational journey towards your career goals. This module is an integral part of a 4-year experiential learning that comprises amongst others, internships and career advisory programmes.

Another distinctive aspect of NUS’ curriculum is the General Education (GE) Framework, which serves as a common, core university experience for all students to be exposed to fundamental approaches to knowledge for a broad intellectual perspective and lifelong learning. Implemented in AY2015/16, the revised GE framework is designed as a five-pillar curriculum structure, and is closely aligned with the University’s educational philosophy which seeks to ‘help students become individuals with questioning minds, willing and able to examine what is taken for granted, and who engage in rigorous inquiry within and beyond assumed disciplinary borders’.

As freshmen matriculating in AY2017/18, you will begin your transformative educational journey at NUS with a grade-free scheme. The grade-free scheme will allow you time and space to adjust to the academic and social culture of university life. More significantly, this new grading system will encourage you to expand your academic horizons, and develop a passion for inquiry, exploration and discovery.

To help you plan and map out your academic journey, we have prepared this NUS Bulletin 2017/2018 that serves to guide you as you explore options and pathways. This bulletin contains essential information on the range of degrees offered and their corresponding graduating requirements. A new degree classification system that conveys and signals the high quality of NUS graduates has been introduced. I hope you will find the NUS Bulletin 2017/2018 useful.

Let me once again congratulate you on your admission and welcome you to the NUS family. Your adventure at NUS has just begun, and I am sure there will be many exciting and enriching experiences to come. I wish you every success as you embark on this new journey.

Professor Tan Eng Chye
Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost

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