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Autonomous research university in Singapore

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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 the national research university of 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 a number of surveys, it is consistently ranked within the top 20 universities in the world and is considered to be the best university in the Asia-Pacific by the QS ranking. NUS is a comprehensive research university, offering a wide range of disciplines, including the sciences, medicine and dentistry, design and environment, law, arts and social sciences, engineering, business, computing and music at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Source: Wikipedia

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