2013

Developments

  • The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum held its groundbreaking ceremony graced by Guest-of-Honour Prof Tommy Koh, Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large and Honorary Chairman of Singapore's National Heritage Board. The museum, which will house one of the largest Southeast Asian collections of biodiversity in the region together with three almost-complete dinosaur fossils when completed in 2014, will be used for exhibition, research, education and controlled storage of specimens.
  • NUS University Town’s Stephen Riady Centre was officially opened in March by Singapore Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat. The three-storey complex houses teaching and learning spaces as well as performing arts and athletic recreation facilities to promote active learning and support students' varied interests.
  • To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music held a series of events which included an anniversary concert graced by Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan as Guests-of-Honour, as well as an orchestra performance at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
  • NUS University Town was officially opened by Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong in October. More than 1,000 guests joined in the celebrations which saw performances by student groups as well as displays on community and overseas learning experiences.
  • The NUS lnstitute of Real Estate Studies signed an MOU with Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City lnvestment and Development Co Ltd to promote the development and understanding of eco-cities and also explore the setting up of a research office in the Eco-City in future.
  • The Middle East Institute at NUS signed an MOU with Qatar University at the Sixth Meeting of the Qatar-Singapore High Level Joint Committee held in Singapore, paving way for opportunities in joint research, faculty and researcher exchanges, as well as workshops and conferences.

 

Academic Initiatives

  • NUS became the first higher education institution in Singapore to join Coursera, a massive open online course platform offering technology-enhanced education to complement students’ learning experience.
  • NUS and IBM set up the NUS Centre for Business Analytics with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board. The Centre aims to address rising industry demand for in-depth analysis of business data and has introduced a new one-year Master of Science degree programme in Business Analytics and a Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics).
  • NUS and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s second-oldest university, introduced a Joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programme to further the study of biomedical science.
  • Yale-NUS College commenced class for its inaugural intake of 155 students from 26 countries, following a three-week summer immersion at Yale University.

 

Research

  • The NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute (NUSRI), a collaboration between NUS and the Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee (SIPAC), was officially opened in China in May. NUSRI is NUS’ first overseas research institute and also the first research institute in China that is set up independently by a foreign university.
  • The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering developed a robotic fish that swims on its own and mimics the motion of live fish. A first of its kind in Asia, the Robot Carp is an autonomous underwater vehicle that can be programmed to perform specific tasks such as accessing underwater wreckage and may be used in military operations, seabed reconnaissance, pipeline leakage detection and laying of communication cables.
  • Researchers from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore found a way that could lead to early and better treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer, by inactivating a stem cell gene known as SALL4. Their findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and could also help in the treatment of ovarian, endometrial, gastric, breast and lung cancers as well as leukaemia.
  • NUS and Keppel Corporation jointly established the Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory, a collaboration with the National Research Foundation, to develop technological solutions for the offshore industry. It will focus on three research thrusts – develop “Future Systems”, enhance productivity in “Future Yards” and explore “Future Resources”.
  • A S$148 million Singapore Centre for Nutritional Sciences, Metabolic Diseases and Human Development was jointly established by NUS’ Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences under the Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research. The Centre aims to be the leading hub in Asia for research into the connections between nutritional sciences, metabolic diseases and human development.

 

Benefactions

  • The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy received over S$44 million in gifts in support of professorships and student programmes. Key donors included Haiyi Holdings Pte Ltd, Lee Foundation and Tote Board.
  • The University received approximately S$40 million in gifts in support of scholarships and bursaries, as well as student training and development programmes. Key contributors included Banco Santander, S.A., Bengawan Solo Pte Ltd, Harvard Singapore Foundation, Keppel Care Foundation, Kewalram Chanrai Group, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Lee Foundation, Mrs Lee Choon Guan Trust Fund, NCC Research Fund, Singhaiyi Group Ltd, Temasek Foundation and Tote Board.
  • The Stephen Riady Group of Foundations made a gift of S$30 million towards students and academic programmes as part of the University’s broad-based education initiative. In recognition of the gift, a multi-use complex at UTown was named the Stephen Riady Centre.
  • Yale-NUS College received more than S$8 million in gifts in support of scholarships and study awards. Key donors included Banco Santander, S.A., Kewalram Chanrai Group and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.
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