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​NTU sees bumper crop of top students this year

Published on: 19-Sep-2014

​Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is giving out more scholarships this year because of the bumper crop of top students enrolling at the university.

Compared to 2011, NTU has seen an 83% increase in top students this year. Since 2011, NTU has introduced innovative new undergraduate programmes such as the Renaissance Engineering Programme (2011), the University Scholars' Programme (2012) and the joint medical programme with Imperial College London (2013).
This year, a record number of 396 outstanding students are awarded NTU’s prestigious Nanyang Scholarship and/or accepted into one of NTU’s premier scholars’ programmes.

This is a significant increase compared to last year’s 271 top students, a clear reflection of the higher quality of students enrolling at NTU.

The University welcomed its new cohort of scholars and scholarship recipients, and their families, at a special award ceremony earlier this afternoon.

NTU President, Prof Bertil Andersson said, “The number of top students joining NTU continues to grow annually. One key reason why NTU is becoming increasingly popular among the top students is the rapidly rising prestige of the university. Just this week, the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings ranked NTU 39th among the world’s top universities.”
“Our best and brightest students, including a growing number of top Singaporean students, are also drawn to NTU because they get to engage with some of the world’s top professors here and go on to highly successful careers. This year in particular, we received an overwhelming response for the University Scholars Programme, so we decided to raise our intake from 50 students to more than 80 to accommodate the high demand,” he added.
This year, 227 exceptionally qualified students are admitted to NTU’s four premier scholars’ programmes. There were also 306 students awarded the Nanyang Scholarship, while another 178 students received the College Scholarship.
Innovative programmes attracting higher quality students
The quality of students enrolling at NTU has grown remarkably since the University revamped its curriculum and initiated innovative programmes for outstanding students such as the Renaissance Engineering Programme and the University Scholars’ Programme.
These premier scholars’ programmes build on its CN Yang Scholars Programme, named in honour of Professor CN Yang (1957 Nobel Laureate in Physics), which was launched in 2006. Students enrolled in the scholars programmes can look forward to attending special seminars led by eminent professors and Nobel laureates as well as workshops by accomplished speakers from various fields.
Another important hallmark of these premier programmes is guaranteed overseas exchange opportunities at renowned universities, such as the University of California, Berkeley and Imperial College London for those pursuing the Renaissance Engineering Programme.
New scholars programme to nurture tomorrow’s leaders of education
This year, NTU introduced a new NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme to better attract outstanding students with a calling to become professional leaders in education. The 4-year programme includes an exciting multi-disciplinary curriculum that supplements the core curriculum in the Bachelor of Arts (Education) / Bachelor of Science (Education) programme.
The Teaching Scholars Programme participants will enjoy a wide range of electives, seminars, leadership programmes, and learning opportunities that promise to broaden students’ perspectives and give them a global edge in their future careers.
They will also be given opportunities to participate in overseas conferences, international practicum as well as semester exchange. In addition, the scholars will also be involved in leading edge research, and given an option to pursue post-graduate study.
Habibah Najihahbi Ahmad, 20, is one of the inaugural Teaching Scholars.  A national athlete who clinched a Gold medal at the 2014 Malaysia Open, 4x100m race earlier this year, Habibah plans to specialise in Physical Education at National Institute of Education (NIE).
“I feel that PE is able to groom individuals holistically. I am already gearing towards becoming a teacher, and I hope I will be able to inspire my students and always set a good example for them. In terms of track & field, I hope to represent Singapore in the SEA Games next year,” said Habibah who also took part in the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Besides NTU, Habibah also received offers University of Edinburgh, University of Queensland, Durham University, Loughborough University and University of Birmingham.
She said, “Although I've received offers from other reputable universities, I felt at the end of the day, NTU best meets my goals and aspirations. Teaching PE will be the career I would like to pursue eventually.”
Like Habibah, Jodie Tan also declined offers from Kings' College London, University of Edinburgh, and a few other top universities, to pursue Bioengineering at NTU.
The 19-year-old said, “I chose NTU because I feel NTU provides me many opportunities for research and a broad scope of learning. Being in the CN Yang Scholars Programme also opens my eyes to the different disciplines and I think that will help me in my aspiration to be a researcher. I feel that this exposure will help me build a stronger foundation in science itself and will put me in good stead to pursue further studies elsewhere later on."
“NTU also has a vibrant school culture and friendly professors and students, and that also helped in my decision to come to NTU,” Jodie added.


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Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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