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National University of Singapore in China

Focus on the National University of Singapore in China

NUS is the abbreviation for the National University of Singapore, the first university of the Republic of Singapore. Started in 1905, the university now has 9 professional colleges, 7 graduate schools, and multiple research institutes and research & development centers. It has 50 majors, and has about 27,000 undergraduate students and 8,000 graduate students. The staff counts about 2,500 academicians. In this focus on the National University of Singapore, we will go over what makes this university one of the best in Singapore and also how it can help you grow your career in China.

What makes the National University of Singapore so Great?

The National University of Singapore has always remained one of the world’s top 50 universities. In US News 2022 ranking, it ranks 26th in the world. Also, in Asia only, according to Times Higher Education ranking, NUS ranks the 3rd, following only Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(香港科技大学) and the University of Hong Kong(香港大学).

There are over 7,000 oversea students in NUS, and more than 3,000 of them are from China. Over 60% of all its graduates are from abroad, Which helped the National University of Singapore rank 8th most international school in the world in 2022. Also, teachers are from Singapore, China, Isreal, the Middle East, and Africa. The National University of Singapore sets little limits to the minds of its students. It encourages its students to develop new ideas, and helps realize their potential. During an interview with its principal, Shi Chunfeng(施春风), the word that appeared most frequently was ‘creation’. People from different cultural backgrounds come and exchange ideas with each other. By working in teams, new ideas are born and get developed, which also makes the school more competitive

How can Macquarie University  help you start a career in China?

In China, there are over 10 famous key universities that have established cooperation relationship with The National University of Singapore, including Peking University(北京大学), Tsinghua University(清华大学), Shanghai Jiao Tong University(上海交通大学), Nanjing University(南京大学), Fudan University(复旦大学), Nankai University(南开大学), and Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics(北京航空航天大学). Also, by cooperating with famous schools like Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Fudan University, Indian Institute of Technology, The National University of Singapore has 7 overseas branch campuses in America, China, Sweden, India and Israel.

The Chinese students of The National University of Singapore have achieved a lot. Lan Weiguang(蓝伟光), the authority in biomembrane using and a successful businessman who ranks 75th in the richest people in China, received his Ph.D.’s degree in The National University of Singapore. Yu Hao(俞皓), the excellent researcher in the genetics of plants who published many articles in world’s famous magazines like Nature, Nature Genetics and Plant Cell, spent 4 years in The National University of Singapore to obtain his Ph.D.. Lin Guangru(林光如), member of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference, was an EMBA graduate of the business school of The National University of Singapore.

The National University of Singapore takes an open attitude towards Chinese students. Compared with other universities in Europe and America, there are several advantages that The National University of Singapore has. Firstly, The National University of Singapore is run by the Singapore government, which pays a lot of attention to teaching and research and development. The ratio of GDP that has been put into this category is 3%, which is pretty large among all countries. Secondly, The National University of Singapore is a place where several cultures coexist. Students here have the opportunity to know about the culture of China, of Malaysia, of India and of the western countries, which greatly widens up students’ horizons. Being a small country, Singapore has to accept globalization. According to The National University of Singapore’s principal, Shi Chunfeng(施春风), there is ample competition in an open environment, and the species will become more and more in number and increasingly stronger. The same rules apply for universities. If it is conservative and closed, then there will be few challenges for the faculty and the students, and it will not improve.

On top of those partnerships, the National University of Singapore  is offering extensive Chinese studies programs and various international business programs to give you the tools to start your career in China. At Daxue, we can help you further with our internship program that will help you develop a better understanding of the Chinese market. With us, you will work on market research reports and in-depth articles in the fields that interest you the most and learn more about China’s business environment. 

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Edited by Amy Wang from Daxue Consulting China