Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University
Established 1991
Type Autonomous
Endowment S$830 million[1]
Chancellor President Tony Tan
President Prof Bertil Andersson
Academic staff 3,300
Admin. staff 2,500
Students 33,500
Undergraduates 23,500
Postgraduates 10,000
Location Nanyang Avenue, Singapore
1°20′41″N 103°40′53″E / 1.34472°N 103.68139°E / 1.34472; 103.68139Coordinates: 1°20′41″N 103°40′53″E / 1.34472°N 103.68139°E / 1.34472; 103.68139
Campus 200 hectares
Colors      University Red
     School Blue
Nanyang Technological University
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 南洋理工大學
Simplified Chinese 南洋理工大学
Malay name
Malay Universiti Teknologi Nanyang
Tamil name
Tamil நன்யாங் தொழில்நுட்ப பல்கலைக்கழகம்

Nanyang Technological University (Abbreviation: NTU) is one of the two largest public universities in Singapore with the biggest campus in Singapore and the world's largest engineering college. Its lush 200-hectare Yunnan Garden campus was the Youth Olympic Village[2] of the world's first 2010 Summer Youth Olympics[3] in 2010. One of the fastest-growing research universities in the world, NTU's share of competitive research funding has increased sevenfold since 2005, with significant funds devoted to the setting up of two Research Centres of Excellence – the Earth Observatory of Singapore[4] and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.[5]


Colleges, Schools and institutes

School of Art, Design and Media
Administrative Building
Chinese Heritage Centre, formerly the administrative building of Nanyang Technological University

NTU has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and many world-class scientists[6] among its faculty. In 2013, NTU will accept its first batch of medical undergraduates at its new joint medical school[7] with Imperial College London, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which received philanthropic support of S$400 million within months of its establishment in Singapore. NTU will have its third campus in Novena, Singapore's medical district, and its first campus in China, the NTU Tianjin College,[8] by 2013. NTU is also the first Kauffman Campus outside the United States, spearheading entrepreneurship in Asia.

A founding member of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities,[9] NTU aims to groom active citizens of the world who can lead and manage new complex global challenges, such as in the energy, environment and healthcare sectors. The university has launched its five-year strategic blueprint, NTU 2015,[10] to scale Five Peaks of Excellence – Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road and Innovation Asia – and set new global benchmarks in research, education and innovation. NTU is already a world leader in sustainability research and education, having clinched more than S$830 million in research funding in this area to date.[11]

Two major initiatives complement the NTU 2015 strategic blueprint. They are an ambitious Campus Master Plan,[12] which will integrate teaching, research, residential and recreational functions campus-wide to foster greater interactivity among members of the NTU community, and a makeover of undergraduate education with holistic changes to the curriculum and campus environment.[citation needed]

College of Engineering

College of Engineering website

College of Science

Nanyang Business School

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Autonomous Entities

Institutes and Centres

Research Institutes and Centres

NTU has multi-national programmes and initiatives with institutions worldwide. Some examples of key partners include MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, Caltech, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University; world-class universities in Asia such as Beijing University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Waseda, IIT of India; and European universities like Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Karolinska Institutet and Technische Universität München.

Interdisciplinary Research Clusters

  • Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Engineering Cluster (BPE Cluster)
    • Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (BMERC)
    • Centre for Biotechnology (CBT)
    • Centre for Chiral and Pharmaceutical Engineering (CCPE)
    • Computer-integrated Medical Intervention Laboratory (CIMIL)
    • Physiological Mechanics Laboratory (PML)
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Cluster (NanoCluster)
    • Advanced Materials Research Centre (AMRC)
    • Facility for Analysis, Characterisation, Testing and Simulation (FACTS)
    • Microelectronics Centre (MEC)
    • MicroMachines Centre (MMC)
    • Photonics Research Centre (PhRC)
    • Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (PEN) Centre
  • Advanced Computing and Media Cluster
    • Centre for Advanced Media Technology (CAMTech)
    • Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre (IERC)
    • BioInformatics Research Centre (BIRC)
  • InfoComm Cluster
    • Network Technology Research Centre (NTRC)
    • Positioning and Wireless Technology Centre (PWTC)
    • Centre for Multimedia and Network Technology (CeMNet)
    • Centre for Signal Processing (CSP)
    • Centre for Information Security (CIS)

Other Institutes and Centers

  • Centre for Research on Small Enterprise Development (CRSED)
  • Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC)
  • Information Communication Institute of Singapore (ICIS)
  • Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS)
  • Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE)

Joint Centres with External Organizations

  • Energetic Materials Research Centre (EMRC)
  • Intelligent Systems Centre (IntelliSys)
  • NTU-CIDB Centre for Advanced Construction Studies (CACS)
  • NTU-MINDEF Protective Technology Research Centre (PTRC)
  • NTU-MPA Maritime Research Centre
  • NTU-NEA Environmental Engineering Research Centre (EERC)
  • NTU-PWD Geotechnical Research Centre (GRC)
  • NTU-SGI Centre for Graphics and Imaging Technology (CGIT)
  • Satellite Engineering Centre (SEC)
  • Temasek Laboratories@NTU
  • Thales@NTU

Campus Master Plan

The Campus Master Plan is guided by sustainability principles and involves transforming the campus grounds into a "univer-city" with a bustling campus centre, new halls and trendy spaces that sustain new approaches to learning, research and relaxation.[13]

NTU initiated its makeover of the undergraduate experience[14] to give NTU students the edge in tomorrow's global economy – as creative leaders with a strong social conscience, a love for learning, strong leadership and teamwork skills, and familiarity with real-world issues such as new sustainability challenges. The education revamp covers five broad areas – the academic experience, student life, career development, teaching excellence and infrastructural changes. Students will have more time for group-based learning and self-reflection, as well as the flexibility to tailor their curriculum to meet their unique interests and strengths. New interdisciplinary options in Liberal Studies and a compulsory core module in Environmental Sustainability will be introduced. Students can also look forward to new opportunities for overseas exchange and an enhanced IT-enabled campus environment as part of NTU's "Cool Campus"[15] drive. New academic programmes include the dual-degree Renaissance Engineering Programme[16] that melds engineering with business to groom future CEOs and CTOs; new double degree programmes; a new undergraduate degree programme in Earth and Environmental Sciences (to be offered from 2012); and the much-anticipated undergraduate medical degree programme with Imperial College London at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in 2013.


In 2011, QS World University Rankings ranked NTU among the top 100 universities in the world, which places it in the top 1% of universities globally. The university rose 16 places from its 2010 ranking to occupy the 58th position, making it one of the fastest-rising universities in the top 100 of the 2011 QS World University Rankings[17], as well as the fastest-rising Asian university. In 2011, NTU also became the first university in Asia to receive the maximum five stars under the QS Stars evaluation system[18]. Other international universities with a 5-star rating include the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

NTU’s College of Engineering is the 7th most cited in the world,[19] while its business school's MBA is ranked among the top 35 worldwide[20] . The S Rajaratnam School of International Studies is ranked first among university-affiliated think tanks in Asia and 13th globally.[21]

The Nanyang Chronicle

The Nanyang Chronicle is the campus' largest print and web news outlet, with a print circulation of approximately 15,000. Serving primarily NTU staff and students, the Chronicle is distributed across the campus on newsstands and is published once every three weeks. It is run entirely by a team of student editors with guidance from teacher advisors from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).

It was first published in July 1994 with the aim of providing timely campus news and information, as well as being the voice of the campus population. The paper also provides practical training for undergraduates who are keen to work in the field of journalism after graduation.[22]

As of 2011, the chief editor is Cassandra Yeap and the Chinese editors are Teo Jion Chun and Grace Chew.

Internet learning on Campus

The University is connected to the high speed Internet. All the facilities and resources available over the Internet are accessible by anyone on the campus network. The campus network, which links together all computing systems on the campus, is managed by the University's Centre for IT Services (CITS).

To supplement the fixed-line campus network, NTU implemented a campus-wide wireless network in 2000. This high-speed wireless network, capable of a transfer rate of up to 11 megabits per second, enables NTU staff and students equipped with mobile devices such as notebooks, PCs and PDAs to access all networked services from practically anywhere on the campus without the need of a hardwired network connection.

NTU provides e-learning services via edveNTUre, which is based on BlackBoard technology, provides the framework and eco-system for learning and teaching. Besides providing a repository of lecture recordings, lecture notes, it also facilitates learning activities for collaboration, discussion, assessment and project work. During term time, the usage typically by faculty and students exceeds nine-million page views weekly (Jan 2010).

Degrees Awarded by NTU[23]

Bachelor degrees:

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Communication Studies

Higher degrees:

  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Education
  • Master in Educational Administration
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Communication Studies
  • Master of Mass Communication
  • Master of Management in Hospitality
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor in Education


  1. ^ "NTU 2015 STRETCHING OURSELVES FOR GLOBAL EXCELLENCE". Nanyang Technological University. Feb 2011. 
  2. ^ "Youth Olympic Village". 
  3. ^ "Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games". 
  4. ^ "Earth Observatory of Singapore". 
  5. ^ "Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering". 
  6. ^ "World Class Scientists". 
  7. ^ "Joint Medical School". 
  8. ^ "NTU Tianjin College". 
  9. ^ "Global Alliance of Technological Universities". 
  10. ^ "NTU 2015". 
  11. ^ "Research Funding". 
  12. ^ "Campus Master Plan". 
  13. ^ "NTU to become a mini-city". 
  14. ^ "NTU revamps curriculum structure for undergraduate education". 
  15. ^ "Cool Campus". 
  16. ^ "Renaissance Engineering Programme". 
  17. ^ "2011 QS World University Rankings". 
  18. ^ "QS Stars evaluation system". 
  19. ^ "Essential Science Indicators Ver 2.3". 
  20. ^ "Global MBA Rankings 2011". 
  21. ^ "THE GLOBAL "GO-TO THINK TANKS 2010"". 
  22. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2006-04-06
  23. ^

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