Published on: 30-Oct-2015
This year, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is awarding 398 scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who are recipients of the prestigious Nanyang Scholarship and/or are accepted into one of the four premier scholars’ programmes.
In tandem with its rapid rise in rankings in the last four years, NTU has seen a corresponding increase in top students enrolling at the university.
This year, NTU has seen an 89 per cent increase in the number of top students compared to 2011, before the university launched or relaunched its premier undergraduate programmes.
This increase in the number of top students parallels the university’s rapid rise in the global league tables. In the 2015 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings, NTU shot up to be ranked 13th globally, rising 45 places since 2011.
The University welcomed its new cohort of scholars and scholarship recipients, and their families, at a special award ceremony earlier this afternoon.
Professor Freddy Boey, NTU Provost, said, “NTU today stands among some of the best universities in the world. Unless Singaporean students want to have a taste of living overseas for a few years, they do not need to go abroad to get a world-class education.
“We aim to have eight in 10 NTU undergraduates go overseas at least once during their course of studies. The premier programmes are designed with overseas components as we believe having overseas exposure will widen the students’ horizons and benefit them in untold ways.”
This year, 209 outstanding students are admitted to NTU’s four premier scholars’ programmes. There are also 251 students awarded the Nanyang Scholarship, while another 157 students will receive the College Scholarship.
The premier programmes include the Renaissance Engineering Programme (2011), the University Scholars Programme (2012), the NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme (2014) and the CN Yang Scholars Programme which was revamped this year to include an eight-month overseas research stint for students to work on their Final Year Projects.
Top students attracted to innovative programmes
Some of these top students have turned down attractive offers from other leading global universities. Among them is cancer survivor Ng Yi Pin, 19, who received offers from Imperial College London and NUS but chose to study chemistry & biological chemistry at NTU.
In 2013 during his first year of junior college at Hwa Chong Institution, Yi Pin, was diagnosed with colon cancer, and had to undergo chemotherapy and surgery to remove two-thirds of his colon.
“The CN Yang Scholars programme offers an enriching local undergraduate education and also chances to go overseas for my PhD education. I love all the different sciences, so its interdisciplinary curriculum for the first two years was attractive to me too.”
Similarly, Lim Shu Ning, 18, decided to pursue electrical and electronic engineering at NTU despite offers from University of Edinburgh, University College London and University of California, Los Angeles.
“I chose the CN Yang Scholars Programme because it is a research-focused programme in a world-class university. At the same time, it provides a bond-free scholarship that allows me to explore my interests and learn more in-depth research skills.”
Renaissance Engineering Programme scholar Ong Jia Rui, 21, said he is attracted to the programme’s unique multi-disciplinary curriculum that bridges engineering, business and liberal arts. Students from the programme graduate with both a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree and Master’s degree in Technology Management after four and a half years.
“Another big draw is that the Renaissance Engineering Programme guarantees a one-year exchange to a renowned university overseas. The opportunity to have both a local and overseas experience, especially at the University of California, Berkeley, which is the top public university in the United States and located close to the Silicon Valley, is an attractive proposition.”
Jia Rui has already embarked on his entrepreneurial dreams by creating a bicycle sharing mobile platform with a friend. They have received a grant to further develop their app, Otter, and will be launching a revamped version in the coming months.
Nanyang Business School student Edward Yee, 21, who is admitted to the University Scholars Programme, said, “I believe that if I have knowledge across various disciplines, like a multi-disciplinary toolbox, it will be easy to solve various problems cutting across different fields. I chose the University Scholars Programme because it is one of the few programmes in Singapore which allows me to pursue my desired major while learning across different disciplines at the same time.”
Edward did not let dyslexia stop him from leading a fulfilling life. Besides sitting on the management committee of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore Alumni, Edward also volunteers his time as a committee member of Youth Horizons, a non-profit organisation for youths.
While juggling his studies and community work, Edward also finds time for business. He co-founded Invenio Pte Ltd, a company which organises workshops on soft skills for students. Edward believes the exposure offered by the University Scholars Programme will help him to grow his company and to develop his volunteer activities further.
Professor Boey said, “We are very impressed by the quality of the students each year. They are not just academically bright but they have shown they have strong resolve and big hearts. For the future of Singapore, it is important that we train them well and develop each one to their fullest potential.”
At the ceremony, 25 graduate students also received the Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship to pursue their PhD studies at NTU.
Ang Hui Min
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 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 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.
The University’s main Yunnan Garden 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
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