Nanyang Technological University
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Nanyang Technological University

Autonomous university in Singapore

By James Barham, PhD

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a public research university that was founded in 1981 as the Nanyang Technological Institute. Ten years later, in 1991, the institute was upgraded to university status.

NTU’s name derives from the fact that its campus is adjacent to that of former Nanyang University, near Yunnan Garden, in the western part of the island. Nanyang University was founded in 1955 to serve the ethnic-Chinese community of Singapore. However, there is no direct administrative continuity between Nanyang University and NTU.

In 1980, the University of Singapore merged with Nanyang University to form today’s National University of Singapore (NUS). The Nanyang Technological Institute was established the following year, in 1981, as NUS’s engineering school. Over the years, NTU gradually became more and more administratively distinct from NUS, finally achieving full autonomy in 2006.

Today, in addition to its core undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, NTU comprises several internationally known professional schools and institutes, such the Nanyang Business School, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (administered jointly with Imperial College London), the National Institute of Education, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Among many prominent NTU-associated persons, we may mention the following:

  • Computer scientists, Chade-Meng Tan & Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
  • Literary scholar, Liang Wern Fook
  • Singer-songwriters, Ling Kai, Isyana Sarasvati & Gentle Bones (Joel Tan)
  • Actors, Jerry Yeo, Joanne Peh & Michelle Saram
  • Actor, singer-songwriter, and comedian, Annette Lee
  • Artists. Ho Ho Ying & Sarah Choo Jing
  • Sculptor, Han Sai Por
  • Calligrapher, Quek See Ling
  • Graphic designer, Zhu Zhiqiang
  • Physicist, Nikolay Zheludev
  • Nanoengineer, Shirley Meng
  • Chemist and Nobel laureate, Rudolph A. Marcus
  • Geologist, Kerry Sieh
  • Volcanologist, Christopher G. Newhall
  • Biochemist, Bertil Andersson
  • Molecular biologist, Daniela Rhodes
  • Geneticist, Philip Ingham
  • Bioengineer, Subra Suresh
  • Neuroscientists, George James Augustine & Balázs Gulyás
  • Economist, Yew-Kwang Ng
  • Sociologist, Richard Ling
  • Political scientist, Farish A. Noor
  • Actor and TV host, Youyi (Lin Youyi)

From Wikipedia

The Nanyang Technological University, Singapore is the second oldest public autonomous research university in Singapore. NTU has been ranked as overall 1st in the ranking of young universities in the QS World University Rankings since 2015 as of August 2020. It has 23,951 full-time enrolled students and 3846 full-time teaching staff; it has achieved 13th in the overall ranking of current QS World University Rankings as of August 2020.

Source: Wikipedia

What is Nanyang Technological University known for?

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Social Work
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Influential People

Who are Nanyang Technological University's Most influential alumni?

Nanyang Technological University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Chemistry, and Computer Science. Nanyang Technological University’s most academically influential people include Stefanie Sun, Rakhesh Singh Kshetrimayum, and Rui En.

Stefanie Sun
Stefanie Sun

Singaporean singer

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Rakhesh Singh Kshetrimayum
Rakhesh Singh Kshetrimayum

Indian engineer

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Rui En

Singaporean actress and singer

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Tan Chin Hwee

Singaporean writer

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Liang Wern Fook

Writer, musician and researcher

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Joanne Peh
Joanne Peh

Singaporean actress

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Krishna Udayasankar

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Shuangyin Wang

Researcher, ORCID id # 0000-0002-5848-1762

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Hao Bin Wu

Researcher ORCID ID = 0000-0002-0725-6442

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Aloke Paul

Indian materials scientist

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Yao Yao

Researcher ORCID ID = 0000-0002-0879-4269

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Jingshan Luo


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