Nanyang Technological University

Global Influence
Autonomous university in Singapore

About Nanyang Technological University

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)

According to Wikipedia, The Nanyang Technological University is a national research university in Singapore. It is the second oldest autonomous university in the country and is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in the world by various international metrics. NTU is consistently ranked within the top 80 universities in the world according to most rankings, and including the top 20 in the QS World University Rankings. It has also been ranked 1st globally amongst young universities by the QS World University Rankings since 2015.

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What Is Nanyang Technological University Known For?

Nanyang Technological University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Nanyang Technological University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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 Chemistry, Computer Science, and Engineering. Here are some of Nanyang Technological University's most famous alumni:

Aloke Paul
An Indian materials scientist.
Diana Ser
A Journalist.
Shirley Meng
A Battery Researcher.
Tan Chin Hwee
A Singaporean writer.
Stefanie Sun
Stefanie Sun
A Singaporean singer.
An Indonesian businessman.
Zhu Zhiqiang
A Chinese animator.
Annette Lee
Annette Lee
A Musical artist.
Lee Teng
Lee Teng
A TV host.
Hong Wang
A Researcher .
Krishna Udayasankar
A Singapore-based Indian author.
Lee Wung Yew
A Singaporean sport shooter.

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