News Details | 18-Nov-2013

NTU top engineering students to spend a year at Imperial College London or UC Berkeley

Top engineering students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) can now get to study at the famed Imperial College London in UK for a year, and go on a coveted internship in renowned UK and European companies.

NTU today announced that Imperial College London is the University's second partner after the University of California, Berkeley, in its premier Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP).

Under this programme, students spend one year at a partner university and take up their internship overseas. With this latest NTU-Imperial College partnership, REP students get to choose from two world-class universities.

The inaugural batch of REP students is now at the University of California, Berkeley, a top-ranked American state university. The second cohort of REP students will get to choose to go to either Imperial College or UC Berkeley in July next year. 

NTU Provost, Professor Freddy Boey said that as the world grows more connected, having global exposure and promoting cross-cultural exchange are key so that graduates can have international mobility in their careers and be able to take on leadership positions in multinational organisations.

“We believe in training our brightest minds to be leaders and engineers of the highest calibre, with not just in-depth knowledge in a specific field, but also a huge breath of knowledge that will enable them to lead interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems faced by the world today.

“One of the ways we can do this is to by sending our top students overseas, to be exposed to and inspired by other brilliant minds from different cultures, nationalities and disciplines," he added.

This tie-up comes after NTU's joint medical school collaboration with Imperial College London.

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Provost (Education) at Imperial said: “Imperial and NTU are natural partners. NTU already hosts Imperial’s most important international collaboration, LKCMedicine, and the potential for further connections in engineering education is really exciting."

“Imperial is honoured to join such a prestigious scheme. NTU’s Renaissance Engineering programme will only strengthen Imperial’s already world-class student body in engineering.”

Professor Boey added: “We are very pleased to continue strengthening NTU’s strong relationship with Imperial through this tie-up, which will bring a new dimension to the learning of our students with Imperial's excellent curriculum and their vast and illustrious network of alumni worldwide."

An opportunity to study engineering at Imperial is much coveted, which sees nine applicants for every place they have in their annual intake of 1000 engineering undergraduates.

Launched in 2011, REP has an annual intake of about 50 students and is now the number 1 engineering course in Singapore for top students. Students are attracted to its unique curriculum, the one-year overseas exposure and that they will graduate with two degrees – the Bachelor of Engineering Science and the Master of Science in Technology Management – in just four-and-a-half years.

As an engineering programme targeted at top students, REP is rigorous and all-rounded and aims to produce graduates with deep engineering expertise, complemented with a broad base of knowledge from business management and liberal arts disciplines.

"Bright students don't need more teaching or more exams. What they need is greater exposure and inspiring mentors," said Professor Boey.
Since NTU launched REP in 2011, it has seen keen response from students to study engineering.
"The majority of REP scholars are top A level students, making REP the number one engineering programme in Singapore," said Prof Kam Chan Hin, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education at NTU. "REP has also led to an overall increase in interest amongst academically strong students to study engineering at NTU."

REP students enjoy small group learning and mentoring, with a ratio of 10 students to one professor.

REP Director, Professor Teoh Swee Hin, said by having both Imperial and UC Berkley on the programme as partners, these NTU students will be getting one of the most comprehensive education experience in the world.

“Imperial, like UC Berkeley, is well-reputed for its strengths in engineering and social entrepreneurship, and is thus a great match for NTU with our similar strengths in engineering and innovation.

“Imperial’s connectedness to Europe, and the presence of key industry players such Rolls Royce and IBM in London, will also benefit our students when they embark on overseas internships.”

“Ultimately, we hope to give our students a choice of learning from the very best global universities and with our top faculty guiding them, we know that this immersive experience will definitely shape the way they think and act.”

Prof Teoh added that in addition to giving students global exposure, a key aim of the programme is to nurture engineers who will not only tackle the challenges of tomorrow through interdisciplinary research and development in strategic innovative technologies, but also leaders with a commitment to improve society.

Miss Victoria Zhao, a first year REP student, is excited about the possibility of having Imperial College as a choice for her year of study overseas, in addition to UC Berkeley. This is because both Imperial and Berkeley are top universities with different cultural contexts and strengths in the engineering field, said the 19-year-old.

 “This is really great news for an REP student like me as it means I can choose to study in an environment that will best meet my needs when I specialise in an engineering discipline later in my studies.”
“Having a chance to study at Imperial would mean exposure to London – the largest financial centre in the world. This is a very attractive factor for me if I decide to specialise in financial engineering and want to intern at British banks. London’s vibrancy and fast pace will also offer me a unique environment that is different from Singapore.”
Similarly, Mr Wang Andai, another REP freshman, said having the choice of Imperial College in addition to UC Berkley opens up more opportunities for those who wish to have exposure outside of the United States. These partnerships also clearly demonstrate the growing reputation of NTU’s REP as a premier global engineering programme.

“One of the main reasons I chose the REP was because of the overseas study at a top international university, which will give me exposure and opportunities that other programmes can’t offer,” the 21 year-old said.

“The chance to study at UC Berkeley was a strong draw for me to join the REP, as I feel that the United States is the frontier of technology. If I do choose Berkeley in future, I would like to intern in Silicon Valley, the birthplace of many technological innovations."


Media contact:
Lester Kok
Senior Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 6790 6804

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 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.

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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