News Details | 14-Sep-2012

More top students chose NTU this year

- Marked increase in admissions to NTU’s three premier scholars programmes
- Nanyang Scholarship awarded to 215 students; almost double from last year

Despite stiffer competition in the higher education landscape with four public universities and a growing trend of top students heading for overseas universities, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) achieved a phenomenal 43% increase in the number of top A-level students accepting NTU offers – an all-time record for the University.

“We found out that top students like NTU’s comprehensive scholarships. There is also the guarantee of overseas opportunities at top universities, and guaranteed housing for freshmen. Many are also drawn to our integrated programmes, like the Renaissance Engineering Programme which is the second most popular programme for top students,” said NTU Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Professor Kam Chan Hin.

“Furthermore, there is a greater awareness of NTU’s international standing, its unique programmes and top-notch facilities, teaching and research,” added Prof Kam. Just this week, NTU broke into the Top 50 of the QS World University Rankings, placing at the 47th spot. This milestone was a result of two simultaneous years of quantum leaps, having moved up 27 places since 2010.

The University welcomed a promising new cohort of scholars and scholarship recipients at the Scholars Award Ceremony. In all, 284 outstanding students were picked out of thousands of applicants, to receive the coveted Nanyang Scholarship and/or be accepted into NTU’s three premier scholars’ programmes. They are: the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP), C N Yang Scholars Programme (CNYSP) and the inaugural University Scholars Programme (USP).

Number of Nanyang Scholarship recipients double

This year, the number of recipients of the Nanyang Scholarship has nearly doubled compared to a year ago. There are 215 Nanyang Scholarship holders, compared to 113 in 2011 of NTU’s foremost undergraduate scholarship. It is awarded to outstanding freshmen pursuing undergraduate programmes. It recognises students who excel academically, demonstrate strong leadership potential, and possess an outstanding Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) track record.

Rising popularity of NTU’s three premier scholars’ programmes

The inaugural University Scholars Programme (USP), aimed at attracting the crème de la crème of the post-secondary cohort, will see its first intake of 65 students, up from the original target of 50. The programme will equip these top students with a strong and diverse set of multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and qualities that will enable them to function in a variety of high-level careers and become leaders and innovators in their chosen fields.

One of them, 21-year-old Japheth Eng, is raring to excel as a USP scholar. The Raffles Junior College graduate received offers at top schools in the UK, namely the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester but chose to enrol in NTU’s Nanyang Business School (NBS). “I like how there is a myriad of global exchange opportunities at NTU. It helps that my College Scholarship is bond-free too. Besides, NBS has an excellent reputation,” says Japheth.

Established in 2011, the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) has soared in popularity in the span of a year. This year, 56 elite engineering students will join the dual-degree programme, a 75% increase from 2011.

Newly-minted REP scholar, Ho Jia Jun, says he was attracted by the coupling of management courses with an established engineering curriculum. The Hwa Chong Institution graduate was offered a place at Imperial College London, but was drawn by the opportunity to study globally and still be based in Singapore. “We will also spend the third year of the programme at Imperial College London or the University of California, Berkeley, so I can still get to experience studying and living overseas,” says Jia Jun.

The pioneer of the three premier scholars’ programmes is the C N Yang Scholars Programme (CNYSP). Started in 2006, the CNYSP is specially designed for exceptional students with a deep passion in science and engineering. It has seen a 45% increase in admissions from the year before, with 48 students officially conferred as C N Yang scholars this year.

“The overall increase is encouraging and we're confident that it won't stop here, especially with our first cohort of medical students enrolling in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in 2013,” Prof Kam said.

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Nanyang Technological University
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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, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four 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 of Asian Consumer Insight.

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 is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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