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National University of Singapore

Autonomous research university in Singapore
By James Barham, PhD

The National University of Singapore (NUS) was founded in 1905 as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School, in what was then the British-controlled Straits Settlements colony.

NUS—like the nation of which it is a part—has a long and complex history

In 1912, the British king, Edward VII, provided a permanent endowment for the new medical school. In gratitude, the administration changed the school’s name the following year, to the King Edward VII Medical School.

The medical school grew rapidly, requiring the expansion of its academic curriculum. This change was acknowledged in 1921 by another institutional name change—to the King Edward VII College of Medicine.

A second institution of higher learning—Raffles College—was established in 1928 as a liberal arts college for the ethnic-Malay population of Singapore.

In 1948, the colony of British Malaya was reorganized as the Federation of Malaya and Singapore. The following year, the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College merged, creating the University of Malaya. The University of Malaya, with campuses in Singapore and in Kuala Lumpur, was intended to serve the population of the entire Federation.

In 1955, a third school, named Nanyang University, opened in Singapore to serve the ethnic-Chinese community there.

Two years later, in 1957, the British departed and the Federation of Malaya became an independent nation. In 1962, the University of Malaya’s Singapore campus declared itself an autonomous institution, under the name of University of Singapore.

The following year, in 1963, the new nation changed its name to Malaysia. Two years later, in 1965, Singapore seceded from Malaysia and became an independent country in its own right—the world’s only city-state.

Finally, in 1980, the University of Singapore merged with Nanyang University to create the current National University of Singapore.

NUS is associated with the following prominent individuals:

  • Mathematicians, Louis Chen Hsiao Yun, Gan Wee Teck & Chen-Bo Zhu
  • Physicists, Richard Friend, Artur Ekert & Charles Bailyn, as well as the Nobel laureate, Konstantin Novoselov
  • Chemist, Young-Tae Chang
  • Biochemists, Miranda Yap & Barry Halliwell
  • Botanist, Nam-Hai Chua
  • Neurologist, Lee Wei Ling
  • Poet and playwright, Alfian bin Sa’at
  • Singer and songwriter, Corinne May
  • Chinese folk song artist and author, Liang Wern Fook
  • Actors, Jeanette Aw, Felicia Chin, Desmond Tan, Shawn Lee & Raline Shah
  • Historians, Prasenjit Duara & M.C. Ricklefs
  • Sinologists, Wang Gungwu & Huang Jianli
  • Sociologist, Chua Beng Huat
  • Economists, Danny Quah & Julian Wright
  • Legal scholar and author, Alec Stone Sweet
  • TV news anchor, Tung Soo Hua
  • International lawyer and diplomat, Tommy Koh
  • Former Singapore Chief Justice, Chan Sek Keong
  • Current Singapore Chief Justice, Sundaresh Menon
  • Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Abdul Razak Hussein
  • Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad
  • Former President of Singapore, Benjamin Sheares
  • Current President of Singapore, Halimah binti Yacob
  • First and longest-serving President of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew

From Wikipedia

The National University of Singapore is a national research university based in Singapore. Founded in 1905 as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School, NUS is the oldest higher education institution in Singapore. According to most rankings, it is considered to be one of the best universities in the Asia-Pacific and is among the top 80 universities in the world. NUS is a comprehensive research university, offering degree programmes in a wide range of disciplines at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including in the sciences, medicine and dentistry, design and environment, law, arts and social sciences, engineering, business, computing, and music.

Source: Wikipedia

What is National University of Singapore known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#38 World Rank
Political Science
#69 World Rank
#95 World Rank
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#103 World Rank
#66 World Rank
#215 World Rank
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#130 World Rank
Computer Science
#248 World Rank
#143 World Rank
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#114 World Rank
#95 World Rank
Religious Studies
#283 World Rank
#212 World Rank
#197 World Rank
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Earth Sciences
#300 World Rank
#207 World Rank
Criminal Justice
#169 World Rank
#179 World Rank
Social Work

Influential People

Who are National University of Singapore's Most influential alumni?

National University of Singapore 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Political Science, Education, and Law

Salma Ismail

Malaysian medical doctor

Melinda Tan

British academic

Gwee Li Sui

Singaporean literary critic

Stella Kon

Singaporean playwright

Glenda Chong

News correspondent

Mary W. S. Wong

American legal scholar

Ovidia Yu

Singaporean writer

Goh Keng Swee

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore

Sam Nda-Isaiah

Chairman Leadership Newspaper, Nigerian politician

Tony Tan

7th President of Singapore

Benjamin Pwee

Singaporean politician

Andrew Ang

Singaporean judge