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|Nanyang Technological Institute (1981-1991)|
1981 (Nanyang Technological Institute)|
1991 (Nanyang Technological University)
|Endowment||S$2.3 billion (US$1.8 billion)|
|Chancellor||President Halimah Yacob|
|President||Professor Subra Suresh|
|Provost||Professor Ling San|
Jurong West, Singapore|
|Campus||2.0 km2 (0.77 sq mi)|
|Affiliations||WA, ASAIHL, AUN, ACU, DAAD, Global Alliance of Technological Universities|
|Malay||Universiti Teknologi Nanyang|
|Tamil||நன்யாங் தொழில்நுடப் பல்கலைக்கழகம்|
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is an autonomous research university in Singapore. NTU is consistently ranked amongst the world's best universities in all of the major college and university rankings and is regarded as one of the top universities in the world. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings, NTU is ranked 12th in the world and 2nd in Asia.
The University has over 33000 students. It is organised into eight colleges and schools. They are the College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Business School, and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which was set up jointly with the Imperial College London. NTU is also home to several autonomous institutions including the National Institute of Education, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Interdisciplinary Graduate School, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Institute on Asian Consumer Insight, and the College of Professional and Continuing Education. NTU's strongest faculties are in engineering and business. The NTU College of Engineering was ranked 2nd and 4th in the world by both the Academic Ranking of World Universities and QS World University Rankings respectively, and 1st in Singapore. NTU's Nanyang Business School is Singapore's top business school, having emerged 24th globally (1st in Singapore) in the Financial Times ranking and 1st in Singapore for 13 consecutive years in The Economist rankings.
The university's main campus covers 200 hectares (490 acres) of land, making it the largest university campus in Singapore. The primary campus grounds are located in the western part of Singapore, along 50 Nanyang Avenue. NTU also has two other campuses, one in Novena and another at one-north.
- 1 History
- 2 University rankings
- 3 Notable alumni
- 3.1 Public service and civil society
- 3.2 Business and technology
- 3.3 Academia and research
- 3.4 Arts and humanities
- 3.5 Media and entertainment
- 3.6 Sports
- 4 Notable faculty
- 5 Controversies
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Nanyang University (1955–1980)
In 1955, prior to Singapore's independence from the British, Nanyang University was established south of the current Nanyang Technological University campus, with the centre of the present Yunnan Garden as its heart. Its administration building currently houses the Chinese Heritage Centre, a national monument.
Nanyang Technological Institute (1981–1991)
In 1980, Nanyang University merged with the University of Singapore to form the current National University of Singapore. In complement, Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI), a tertiary institution affiliated to the National University of Singapore, was formed to take over Nanyang University's campus in 1981.
Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) was set up on 1 August 1981 with a charter to train three-quarters of Singapore’s engineers.
When NTI started in 1982, it had a total student population of 582 in three engineering disciplines – civil and structural, electrical and electronic, and mechanical and production engineering. By 1990, the institute’s undergraduate student population had grown to 6,832. The first two graduate students were admitted in 1986.
Three engineering schools were added, and the School of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore was transferred to NTI in 1987. A school of applied science was also started. In 1990, the government announced that the Institute of Education would be merged with the College of Physical Education to form the National Institute of Education and that it would be part of the new NTU upon its establishment in 1991.
In 1991, NTI merged with the National Institute of Education (NIE) (founded in 1950) to form the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The alumni rolls of the former Nanyang University were transferred to NTU in 1996. Historically, Nanyang Technological University admitted students jointly with the affiliated National University of Singapore and charged the same fees. Students made only one application and they would be accepted by either university. This arrangement ended in 2004 as both universities began to distinguish themselves with an end of its official affiliation. Currently, students apply separately to both universities.
NTU became autonomous in 2006 and stands as one of the two largest public universities in Singapore today.
QS World University Rankings
NTU has been ranked 11th in the world and 1st in Asia in the latest 2018 QS World University Rankings. The QS Asia University Rankings 2018 ranked NTU 1st in Asia, displacing NUS which dropped to 2nd place. NTU also came in overall 1st in the world in the ranking of young universities for four consecutive years in the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings from 2015 to 2018. In 2011, NTU became the first university in Asia to receive the maximum five stars under the QS Stars evaluation system, and the only one in Singapore to date.
QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject Area and Specific Subject
In 2017, NTU's Engineering and Technology was ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Asia by the QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject Area - Engineering and Technology 2017. NTU also has a research citation that is among the top four in the world, with its research output being ranked among the top three universities globally in Engineering by Essential Science Indicators of Thomson Reuters. In the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject Area, NTU is ranked 22nd in the world for Social Sciences and Management for three consecutive years. Social Sciences and Management includes the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Business School and School of Social Sciences. In the field of Natural Sciences, NTU's College of Science is ranked 17th in the world, a drop of 2 places from the previous year, while Arts & Humanities (consisting of the School of Humanities and School of Art, Design and Media) is ranked 51st globally, a drop of 6 places from the previous year.
In the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject published on 8 March 2017, NTU had 19 subjects in the world's top 50, with two subjects in the global top 10. It also came in first in Asia for Materials Science and Electronic Engineering.
Public service and civil society
- Major Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono - Tentara Nasional Indonesia, Chief of Operations in Kostrad, son of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
- Gen. Tito Karnavian - Indonesian National Police, former Head of Detachment 88, elite anti terror group in Indonesian police, former head of Jakarta Regional Police Division, now head of Indonesian National Police.
- Ang Mong Seng – Former MP
- Intan Azura Mokhtar – MP, Assistant Professor at National Institute of Education
- Lee Bee Wah – MP
- Low Yen Ling – MP, Parliamentary Secretary
- Masagos Zulkifli - MP, Minister for Environment & Water Resources
- Sim Ann – MP, Minister of State
- Inderjit Singh – Former MP
- Teo Ser Luck – MP, Mayor and Minister of State
- Yu-Foo Yee Shoon – Former MP and Minister of State
- Zaqy Mohamad – MP
- Gerald Giam Yean Song - NCMP
- Low Thia Khiang – MP, Secretary-General of the Workers Party of Singapore
- Yee Jenn Jong – NCMP
Business and technology
- Tan Chin Hwee - CEO of Trafigura
- Chade-Meng Tan – Jolly Good Fellow, Google Inc
- Pulkit Jaiswal - award-winning serial entrepreneur known for his work in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Academia and research
- Yew-Kwang Ng – Albert Winsemius Professor of Economics at NTU and Emeritus Professor in Department of Economics, Monash University
Arts and humanities
- Ho Ho Ying - Abstract artist.
- Liang Wern Fook - Composer, poet and essayist.
- Zihan Loo – film director, actor, dancer.
Media and entertainment
- Annette Lee - actress, writer, singer-songwriter
- Vincy Chan – Cantopop singer
- Lee Teng – television host
- Ng Hui – actress
- Rui En – actress
- Joanne Peh – actress
- Michelle Saram ��� actress
- Diana Ser – journalist, former Channel News Asia news presenter, actress, host
- Stefanie Sun – singer
- Alan Tern – actor
- Jerry Yeo – actor
- Zhu Zhiqiang – graphic designer, animator
- Youyi - actress, television host
- Ling Kai - singer-songwriter
- Boon Hui Lu - singer-songwriter
- Dipna Lim Prasad – National Hurdler
- C Kunalan - Former National Sportsman, and Educator at the National Institute of Education
- Calvin Kang Li Loong - National Sprinter
- Lee Wung Yew - Multiple SEA Games gold medallist in shooting.
Medicine, science and engineering
- Bertil Andersson – Biochemistry
- Freddy Boey – Materials Engineering
- Balazs Gulyas – Neuroscience
- Philip Ingham – Zebrafish models for Human diseases
- Christopher G. Newhall – Volcanologist, co-creator of the Volcanic explosivity index
- Daniela Rhodes – Structural and Molecular Biology
- Kerry Sieh – Geology and Seismology
- Rudolph A. Marcus – Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1992
- Grace Chia – Literature
- Liang Wern Fook - Chinese Studies, Mandopop singer-songwriter, Xinyao pioneer
- Nadia Magnenat Thalmann - Computer graphics
Business and technology
- Tan Hun Tong – World's top experimental accounting researcher
- Vijay Sethi – First Economist Intelligence Unit Business Professor of the Year
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
- Farish A. Noor – Political Scientist and Historian
Although NTU occupies the grounds of the former Nanyang University (NU), and has a similar name, it is not a direct continuation of that institution. In 1980, the Government of Singapore forcibly merged Nanyang University with the University of Singapore to form the present-day National University of Singapore (NUS). This was a source of significant discontent amongst NU students and alumni, because NU had been a Chinese-medium university, whereas the newly merged NUS was (and is) an English-medium university.
As NTU subsequently grew into a full university, various efforts were made to have it claim the Nanyang University mantle. In 1996, the alumni rolls of Nanyang University were transferred from NUS to NTU. In 1998, the prominent local calligrapher and poet Pan Shou, who had been the first vice-chancellor of Nanyang University, called for NTU to be renamed Nanyang University, as a way to "quieten the hearts of many" NU alumni. In 2003, this idea received further support from NTU president Su Guaning, during an interview with the Chinese-language paper Lianhe Zaobao. One reason offered for the renaming was that, by the mid-2000s, NTU no longer had a narrow focus on technical subjects, but had become a full university including studies in the humanities.
However, the NTU administration's renaming plans soon encountered significant push-back. One NU alumni, Zhu Yong-an, circulated the results of a straw poll in which NU alumni came out strongly against the idea; respondents complained that NTU could not provide "continuity" for the "murdered" Nanyang University. Finally, after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong weighed in on the affair, the administration dropped the idea quietly in 2006 and has not raised it since.
Tenural denial to Cherian George
In 2013, there was a debate over academic freedom in Singapore when Associate Professor Cherian George, an outspoken academic at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications who had publicly criticised Singapore's system of media control and its ruling People’s Action Party. did not get tenured. Although George had been recommended for tenure by the Wee Kim Wee School, his application was turned down by a university-level committee which included representatives from the Government of Singapore. One of the reviewers for the tenure case, Cardiff University's professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, expressed outrage at NTU's decision, and George's thesis advisor, Stanford University's Theodore Glasser, raised doubts about "NTU's reputation as a university of international standing" and "NTU's commitment to academic freedom". Despite a petition against the tenure decision by students at the Wee Kim Wee School, George's appeal against the tenure decision was subsequently rejected by the university.
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