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​NTU launches nine new undergraduate degree programmes to cater to demand in emerging industries

Published on: 10-Feb-2016


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) will kick off the new academic year in August with nine new undergraduate degree programmes in business, engineering and science.

For those keen on a business or financial career, there are two new integrated programmes in business or accountancy where students graduate with both an honours degree and a Masters in Financial Engineering within four years.

They will also spend seven weeks on study exchange at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in the United States in their fourth year, and receive CMU's Certificate in Computational Finance after completing the courses there.

NTU will also be introducing two new programmes in which a business or accountancy undergraduate degree is coupled with a minor in strategic communication.

Those aiming for engineering or science can also look forward to five more new engineering and science programmes with second majors in emerging industries such as pharmaceutical engineering, food science technology, medical biology, and biomedical materials.

With these nine new offerings, NTU will offer 103 undergraduate degree programmes for the new Academic Year 2016/2017 which starts in August.

The new programmes will widen students’ choices so they can be trained in a core discipline complemented by a related discipline, or diversify their degree by matching it with an offering in an unrelated area.

These will allow students to develop interdisciplinary competence and are aimed at increasing their career opportunities and to meet industry demand.

Professor Kam Chan Hin, Senior Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education), said, “The demands in the global workplace are increasingly going to require students to have both depth of knowledge and ability to go beyond their core discipline. The challenges at work will require specific niche skills and solutions are often found at the interfaces of disciplines. 

“This is why NTU continues its innovation in interdisciplinary learning by actively designing, developing and implementing new degree programmes that give our students a competitive edge upon graduation.”


Four-year business or accountancy degree with Masters in Financial Engineering

To enhance the career opportunities of NTU’s business or accountancy graduates, the university is offering two new integrated programmes combining two popular degrees from the Nanyang Business School.

In just four years, students will be able to graduate with a Bachelor in Business or Bachelor in Accountancy, along with a Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MFE). Financial engineering is an increasingly sought after field involving the application of mathematical methods to solve problems in finance. 

Targeted at high achievers, the two integrated programmes include key concepts and techniques in Finance, Computer Science and Mathematics, and students can expect to learn how to apply sophisticated engineering tools to solve real-life financial problems.

The one-year MFE programme includes a seven-week study exchange at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, where students will get to interact with leading business and industry experts in finance, computing, and mathematics. 

Prof Ravi Kumar, Dean of Nanyang Business School, said, “These new programmes allow our students to apply the business skills they have picked up in the classroom, to solve actual problems that companies and organisations face every day.

“They open up client-facing career opportunities in various industries, representing a strong degree of realism in which business acumen, adaptability, teamwork and the ability to perform under pressure will be tested to the full, just like a real working environment.”

Along with the new integrated programmes, two three-year Bachelor in Business or Bachelor in Accountancy, with a Minor in Strategic Communication will be introduced.

The customisable minor programme will boost graduates’ versatility in in areas such as public relations, marketing communication, and media planning. Students can choose to focus on marketing, public relations, or advertising.


Rapid expansion of life sciences and healthcare industries create demand for interdisciplinary scientists 

To cater to the rising demand for engineers and scientists to have qualifications and broad skills beyond their core areas, NTU will launch five new highly interdisciplinary science and engineering programmes with second majors in rapidly expanding fields. 

The four-year engineering and science programmes allow students to develop their expertise in additional areas such as medical biology, biomedical materials, pharmaceutical engineering, and food science technology.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Engineering with Second Major in Medical Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Second Major in Biomedical Materials will enable students to interface seamlessly between engineering and life sciences.

These two new programmes will equip students with the skills to tackle emerging healthcare developments such as regenerative medicine. Students will also be skilled in handling biomaterials and operating advanced biomedical devices and laboratory equipment.

Students taking the Bachelor of Engineering in Bioengineering or the Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Engineering will be able to take up a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Students in these two programmes will gain specialist knowledge in drug design and development so they can advance their careers in various pharmaceutical and medical industries. 

They will also get opportunities to work with leading biopharmaceutical companies to get a first-hand experience in drug design and development. 

The Bachelor of Engineering in Bioengineering with Second Major in Food Science Technology will open up a myriad of career opportunities in food industries including MNCs, government regulatory agencies, research institutions and local SMEs. 

NTU’s Second Major in Food Science Technology is offered in collaboration with the prestigious Wageningen University from the Netherlands, whose Food Technology programme is one of the best and most innovative in Europe.

Students will be at the forefront of resolving current and future challenges in Food Security for Singapore and beyond. These include system integration for enhanced food production, novel technologies for food waste reduction and conversion, food nutrition for an ageing population, as well as risk analysis and management in food safety.

Please see Annex A for full list of new degree programmes.

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Media contact:

Amin Shah
Assistant Manager (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University
Email: aminshah@ntu.edu.sg 


About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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

NTU Singapore 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). 

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU Singapore has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg 


Annex A

NTU’s new undergraduate degree programmes in business, accountancy, science, and engineering for 2016.

Nanyang Business School

Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Science in Financial Engineering (includes a seven-week exchange in Carnegie Mellon University in the United States)
Bachelor of Business and Master of Science in Financial Engineering (includes a seven-week exchange in Carnegie Mellon University in the United States)
Bachelor of Accountancy with a Minor in Strategic Communication
Bachelor of Business with a Minor in Strategic Communication

College of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Medical Biology
Bachelor of Engineering in Bioengineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering 
Bachelor of Engineering in Bioengineering with a Second Major in Food Science and Technology

College of Science

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Second Major in Biomedical Materials

All new programmes are direct honours unless specified to include a master’s degree. They will be offered in Academic Year 2016/2017 starting in August.

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