National University of Singapore has forged strategic partnerships with some of the world’s best institutions to offer learning opportunities at the forefront of education and research. Some examples include the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, a partnership with the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University; and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, a partnership with Duke University. These partnerships have enabled NUS to build a strong international reputation within a short time.
“One of our key strengths is our many global programmes and strategic global partnerships which benefits students in gaining access to a huge range of academic programmes and opportunities in our Singapore campus and also throughout the world”, said President Tan Chorh Chuan in his conversation with Pooja Prakash.
How will you describe the NUS spirit under your leadership?
The spirit of NUS is one that fiercely values excellence and constantly pursues it in education, research and service. The NUS community also embraces the spirit of the explorer that aims to break new ground, take calculated risks, and at the same time, to be resourceful, and resilient to challenges.
I hope that this NUS spirit will enable us to respond nimbly to the rapid changing global landscape, and energise us to contribute to advancement of society in Singapore, Asia and the world.
NUS offer world-class education and research programmes and excellent opportunities for postgraduate students to learn from and interact with outstanding faculty and researchers from around the world.
We are particularly interested in talented graduate students with a strong passion and commitment to excellence in their area of study, who have leadership qualities, and who would like to develop themselves and to contribute more broadly beyond their immediate academic focus. Such students would benefit most from, and add greatly to, the many opportunities to be involved in cross-disciplinary academic programmes, and educational programmes including teaching or mentoring young students in the classroom or in our Residential Colleges.
Does NUS offer financial aid to international students? If so, what does it cover?
NUS believes in attracting the brightest students from around the world to be part of, and to contribute to our learning and research communities. We are committed to ensuring that no deserving student is denied an opportunity to study at NUS due to financial difficulties.
I believe that clarity of thinking is critical, particularly in relation to collectively defining our most important goals and priorities. This has to be coupled with humility and a genuine respect and regard for the people that we work with, and whom we serve. People are the heart, soul and driving force of the university. The current success and future promise of a university rests almost entirely on the motivation, ability and spirit of the people within it.
Your advice for those who have a dream?
It doesn’t matter if your current dream is “big” or “small” – we shouldn’t feel the pressure of having to have a “big dream”. What is important is to be motivated by something that has meaning and value to you at a point in time, understanding that this may change over time. It is also important to take action – if you really believe in it, go for it.