More top students choose NTU
The university awards the biggest number of scholarships this year to its brightest freshmen and introduces a new accommodation allowance of up to $2,000.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) today awarded 133 of its brightest freshmen with the Nanyang Scholarship, an increase from last year’s 112. This year has seen a bumper crop of talents with the largest cohort of students receiving the scholarship under the Nanyang Scholars and CN Yang Scholars programmes.
The awards were presented to the freshmen at the Nanyang Scholarship 2010 Award Ceremony this evening by NTU President, Dr Su Guaning.
Dr Su said: “The quality of students applying to NTU has been rising which is why this year we are awarding a record number of students and scholars. We are heartened that the admission standards are some of the highest we have ever seen. This shows that many top students are attracted by the unique academic programmes and learning environment at NTU. ”
Dr Su added that as recipients of the Nanyang Scholarship, the students “not only have excellent academic results, but also possess character qualities that are essential for grooming well-rounded graduates with ideals and passion to be our leaders of tomorrow.”
The Nanyang Scholarship comprises an annual stipend to cover tuition fees and other allowances of up to S$10,250 per annum. This includes a new accommodation allowance of up to S$2,000 per academic year which will allow the scholars to stay in NTU’s halls of residence and enjoy the vibrancy of hostel and campus life without financial constraints.
The new accommodation allowance is in line with efforts to encourage students to live on campus so they can experience a more holistic university life. The various halls of residence regularly organise social, sports and recreational activities. Living in close proximity with fellow students from various nationalities and cultures also helps students to widen their life skills, such as developing team building, leadership, organisational and interpersonal skills.
Having a residential learning experience is one of the unique features of a varsity education at NTU. A university set in a park with its lush greenery, the NTU campus, at 200 hectares, is the largest of the universities in Singapore. NTU had previously announced that under the new Campus Master Plan, 5,000 new hostel places will be added to the existing 9,200 today. With that, two-thirds of the undergraduate population will live on campus by 2015, up from the 40% today.
The Nanyang Scholarship also provides opportunities for students to participate in leadership training programmes as well as priority in NTU’s Global Immersion Programme – an initiative that promotes active experimental learning with students spending a semester abroad. Through the Global Immersion Programme, the scholars are exposed to a dual-country education system – one at NTU and another at a leading partner university. This allows them to build an international network of contacts, experience different cultures and interact with world-renowned scientists, researchers and faculty. In this era of the global village, such experiences are invaluable to their future careers.
One of the recipients of the Nanyang Scholarship is Ms Noor Hiqmah Bte Syed Abdul Rahim Shah who is pursuing a double degree in Business and Accountancy. On her decision to study at NTU, Ms Noor Hiqmah said: “I chose NTU to pursue my tertiary education because its Nanyang Business School is highly accredited and well-recognised for its excellent accountancy and business programmes both in Singapore and around the region.”
Another Nanyang Scholar, Ms Janani Ramadoss hopes that the programme will hone her leadership skills through the leadership training courses and provide ample opportunities for her to learn and grow. “The Nanyang Scholarship will ease my parents of the financial burden of my tertiary education and allows me to focus on my studies as well as other activities so that I can give back to NTU and the community,” said Ms Ramadoss.
Fifteen of the 133 Nanyang Scholars were also awarded into the CN Yang Scholars Programme. The programme, named in honour of Physics Nobel Laureate, Professor Yang Chen Ning, is designed for exceptional students with a passion for science and engineering. The CN Yang Scholars Programmep offers its recipients research opportunities and priority in overseas exchange programmes so that they will be well prepared for the high-technology world of the 21st century.
Mr Omar Faruq bin Idris, a CN Yang Scholar feels privileged to be selected for this programme. He said, “The CN Yang Scholars Programme aims to give students a strong background in science and mathematics. I feel deeply honoured to be chosen and given the opportunity to participate in this challenging course.”
Another CN Yang Scholar, Mr Timothy Jefferson Ng Wei Han said, “The Nanyang Scholarship provides leadership training which will be very useful for me in the workplace as social and leadership skills are just as important as the expertise required to thrive in a particular field. Also the scholarship gives us priority in the Global Immersion Programme, which I hope to participate in as I think the exposure of living and working overseas will prepare me well for the future.”
The Nanyang and CN Yang Scholars received their award letters from Dr Su this evening, at the auditorium of the university’s School of Art, Design and Media, witnessed by their family members and friends.
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