Singapore, SingaporeRanked among top 10 universities in SG
Established in 1905, the National University of Singapore (popularly known as ‘NUS') is an autonomous university having the oldest pedagogy of learning in Singapore. It is a research intensive university with a leaning towards entrepreneurial learning that is ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the world and 2nd in Asia. It has various departments including sciences, medicine and dentistry, design and environment, law, arts and social sciences, engineering, and music
NUS is located in South-west Singapore, adjacent to Kent Ridge, a natural vegetation of the area that mainly consists of various groves. The university is accessible via Kent Ridge MRT station. NUS has two other campuses in Bukit Timah and Outram.
NUS has a 370-acres lush green campus with state of the art buildings. The Computer Centre has at least 1000 computers being the largest super computing facilities in the region. NUS has 7 libraries with over 1.5 million titles. Two especially mentionable buildings are the 8-storey Mochtar Riady Building of NUS Business School is one of the hallmarks of modern architectural work on campus and the 966-seater, single-storey canteen area - Deck Canteen. To create a pedestrian friendly campus environment that promotes and facilitates movement and intermingling of people, NUS has created a sheltered walkway on campus.
The campus residency accommodates about 6000 students in 6 Halls of Residences (Eusoff Hall, Kent Ridge Hall, King Edward VII Hall, Raffles Hall, Sheares Hall, Temasek Hall) and 3 Student Residences (Kuok Foundation House, Prince George's Park Residences and Ridge View Residences) There is a free shuttle bus service to commute from residencies to and fro, seven days a week. There are newly built town houses graduate students, both apartment and single rooms. Most graduate students live off-campus.
Weather in Singapore is sunny (with chances of rains), 365 days a year. Temperature range is 27-35 degrees, 80~100% humidity. Sun rises at 6.45AM and sets about 7 daily. Singapore is popular for its humidity. But almost all public transport and buildings have air conditioning so it doesn’t affect you much. Public transport is dirt cheap.
With a total of 2400 faculty members, the faculty to student ratio on campus is 7:16. Students feel that 'The Bell Curve' principle used is a primary cause of stress. The bell curve is the distribution of grades in any class in NUS with more than about 30 students. That means when you sit inside an examination hall and look around your four neighbours, on average only one of you will get an A or A+. It is very difficult to score in an intensely competitive environment. Nevertheless, students also mention that NUS stress is very subjective. The faculty is supportive and there for your support but you must work hard.
NUS has tied up with Yale University to offer a liberal arts program which is at par with them. They also offer a PhD in collaboration with King’s College London and University of Edinburgh
tudents get many kinds of financial aid like a scholarship that covers 100% of tuition fee, Skills Future Credit (SFC), Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Scheme, Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) and GIRO deductions/NETS/others. NUS helps needy students get work-study assistance jobs.
However, the rule is that international students may not work more than 16 hours a week. Especially for the purpose of scholarship, since 2009, students who choose to take a lower fee can apply for ‘Service Obligation’ where S$10,000-12,000 get waived off with an obligation that the student will work in Singapore for the next 3 years.
At NUS, the courses with above 95% employment rate are those in Dental Surgery, Computing Science, MBA, BBA, Nursing and Civil Engineering. The median salary of an NUS graduate would be somewhere around S$3000- S$5000 per month. Students from Nursing, Medicine and Computing Science earn the highest of about S$5000. MBA students earn about S$80,000-S$95000 median salaries per annum.
An important thing to note is that, unlike Indian postgraduate universities or the ones worldwide, NTU (and most Singaporean universities) does not have placement cells. Companies only come to give talks on campus. Usually, students go and apply on job portals. Hence, there is more concern for ROI. If you are interested in Finance, being the financial hub of the world, Singapore has ample jobs to offer. In 2017, median salaries for Information Systems graduates from NUS saw a 12% jump ($4000).
It’s clearly one of the oldest and the best universities in Singapore, which ranks high on world charts and strives hard to stay there. The infrastructure is eye-pleasing and well-deserved. Most students get good salaries after graduating from NUS. The Bell Curve is not going away in the coming years and class-competition can seem to be very aggressive but if you can keep up with the heat of one of the best universities in the world, this place is for you.
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