NTU to become a residential campus by 2015
Come 2015, all undergraduates at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) who choose to live on campus will be able to do so. Under NTU’s new Campus Master Plan, 5,000 new hostel places will be added to the existing 9,200 today.
NTU is the largest university in Singapore, with 200 hectares of lush greenery. A campus set in a garden, it houses four colleges (12 schools), three autonomous institutes and a host of world-class research institutes and centres at its sprawling Yunnan Garden Campus. Its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna provides a unique living and learning environment for the undergraduate and graduate students.
Currently, all full-time undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in the hostels in their first year at NTU. To enhance the students’ university experience, NTU plans to provide all undergraduates with a hostel room (single or shared) on campus by adding 5,000 new places by 2015. The current 9,200 places are spread over 16 halls of residence.
On-campus accommodation will also be expanded to cater to postgraduate students. Today, there is one graduate hall with 480 places, but this will more than double to 1,170 places when a new graduate hall is ready by early 2013.
“We now have about 40% of the undergraduate population living in the 16 halls of residence and another 20% of the graduate students living in the graduate hall. The increase in hostel places will allow over two-thirds of the undergraduate population to stay on campus, as some students whose homes are near the campus may choose to continue living at home,” said Prof Er Meng Hwa, NTU’s Senior Associate Provost.
For NTU’s undergraduate students, living in a hostel allows them to experience a more holistic university life as the various halls of residence regularly organise their own social, sports and recreational activities. Living in such close proximity with fellow students also offers them the chance to develop team building, leadership and organisational skills as well as to interact with students from all walks of life and different nationalities.
“Living in the hostel offers me the opportunity to meet more people from different backgrounds, especially at activities like the International Culture Night organised by my hall. This has really helped to widen my social circle,” said Mr Woo Kai Zhi, a third-year Singaporean student at the Nanyang Business School in the coming semester.
Mr Dimas Harry Priawan, a 23-year-old Indonesian and a recent graduate from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said: “One of the attractions of living on campus was being surrounded by the beautiful greenery. During my past three years where I stayed at both Halls 2 and 10, I got to spend more time with my fellow students and participated in various student activities. It was an enriching experience as we all came from diverse cultural backgrounds. Living on campus made interactions easy. I could approach my classmates in the hall to discuss our assignments or joint projects and I got a more balanced picture from these discussions.”
The monthly rental per student at NTU’s hostels ranges from S$165 to S$210 for a twin-sharing room and from S$230 to S$290 for a single room. NTU’s rates are currently the lowest compared to those of other universities in Singapore as it does not yet cover the hostels’ full operating costs. NTU plans to gradually move towards recovering the operational costs of running these halls of residence.
In the last five years, NTU has built about 680 new air-conditioned rooms, offering 1,100 more places for its undergraduate students. In preparation for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games from 14 to 26 August 2010 where NTU is the official games village, eight halls of residence have also been refurbished with newly air-conditioned rooms, security card access to rooms, upgraded TV lounges as well as sensor lights and fans in common areas such as the pantry.
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