The National University of Singapore (known as NUS) is the oldest higher education organisation in the country. Founded in 1905 it grew from just 24 students to world-renowned institution.
NUS teaching system combines british (small group classes) and american (course credits) features. NUS has 16 faculties and schools, including several overseas colleges, for example in Sweden, China or the USA. After selecting a course students may transfer within the first two semesters, enrol in cross-faculty modules or take up electives from different faculties (compulsory for most degrees). There is also the possibility of completing a double degree, for example in Arts and Social Sciences or in Business and Law.
In the Times Higher Education World Ranking 2012-2013 it scored an outstanding 29th place.
Famous alumni include Goh Chok Tong, Singapore’s second Prime Minister, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Kishore Mahbubani, Former President of the United Nations Security Council.
NUS is well known for its research in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences.