The Top 3 Universities in Singapore That You Need to Know

The Top 3 Universities in Singapore That You Need to Know

Singapore education system has recently been labelled as one of the best in the world. It is now a dream for aspiring students to study in one of the top universities in that island country.

Here are the top 3 universities in Singapore that you need to know:

1. National University of Singapore (NUS):

National University of Singapore, or better known as NUS, was founded in 1905 and was started as a Medical School. Initiated on donations , NUS has flourished over the years and has now become one of the best universities in Asia (right behind Hong Kong University) and in the world.

Here are some interesting facts about NUS:

  • It is the oldest university in Singapore
  • It is the largest university in Singapore, in terms of the number of enrolled students and offered curriculums
  • Ranked 24th in the QS 2012/2013 World University Ranking
  • Ranked 2nd in the QS 2013 Asia University Ranking
  • Offers “needs-blind admission”, which means, if a student is excellent enough to enter the university, he will receive all the assistance he needs.
  • Has over 37,000 students enrolled each year
  • Has three campuses in Singapore: Kent Ridge Campus, Bukit Timah Campus and Outram campus


NUS offers a variety of programs for students to choose from such as Degree Program, Double Degree Program, Joint Degree Program, Postgraduate Program, Student Exchange Program, Entrepreneurial Internship Program and Research Program.

There are a total of nine faculties in the school:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • NUS Business School
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • School of Design and Environment
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Law School
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School

Besides  its excellent courses, NUS is also known for its research programmes. It affiliates with more than 16 research centres in the world and has one of the best research facilities in Asia. Some of the research areas are engineering, life sciences, nanotechnology, biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences.

With its impressive and world-class education and research programs, thousands of students from all around the world are competing to enter this university every year. Here are some interesting information for prospective international students:

  • Students will have to sit for University Entrance Examinations (UEE)
  • UEE exam covers Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Humanities
  • Another follow-up exams will have to be taken by students who want to enter Architecture, Dentistry, Industrial Design, Law, Medicine or Nursing faculty
  • International students can expect to pay US$15,000 – US$17,000 per year for undergraduate program’s tuition fees
  • Application is normally opened in October and extends  till March

2. Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was previously known as Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI). It later merged with National Institute of Education in 1991 and became the NTU that we know today.

Nanyang Technological University

Just like NSU, NTU is a research-intensive university and has now become one of the elite universities in Asia and in the world. Below are some interesting facts about NTU:

  • It’s one of the fastest rising universities in the world as it improves its ranking significantly every year
  • It has the biggest campus in Singapore
  • Placed 41st in the QS 2012/2013 World University Ranking
  • Placed 8th in the QS 2013 Asia University Ranking
  • The Yunnan Campus of NTU was the Youth Olympic Village for 2010 Summer Youth Olympics
  • Has over 32,000 students enrolled each year
  • Has four campuses in Singapore: Yunnan Garden Campus, One North Campus, Central Singapore Campus and Gilman Barracks Campus

Nanyang Technological University offers several programs for its undergraduates such as:

  • Accountancy & Business
  • Art, Design & Media
  • Communication Studies
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Sport Science

As one of the  leading research centre in Asia, NTU is the home to several well known research institutes:

  • Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute
  • Energy Research Institute
  • Institute of Asian Consumer Insight

With its outstanding improvement throughout the years, it’s a no-wonder that international students all around the world are looking forward to enter this prestigious university. Here is some interesting information for prospective international students:

  • Prospective international students will have to sit for NTU Entrance Examination
  • UEE exam covers English, Mathematics, Chinese, Chemistry and Physics
  • International students can expect to pay S$15,000 – S$6,000 per year for tuition fees for undergraduate programs
  • Application is normally opened in October and extends till April

3. Singapore Management University (SMU)

Singapore Management University, or also known as SMU, was founded in 2000. It is the third top university in Singapore after NSU and NTU. Just like the two top schools, SMU is also a research-based university that has collaborated with many international research institutes around the globe.

Here are some interesting facts about SMU:

  • One of the youngest university in Singapore
  • Fully-funded by the Singapore Government
  •  Over 8,000 students enrollment every year
  • Emulating American universities education system by using course credit method

 

Singapore Management University has a total of six schools which are:

  • School of Accountancy,
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Business,
  • School of Economics,
  • School of Information Systems,
  • School of Law
  • School of Social Sciences

As a research university, SMU has more than 30 research centres and has identified its “Areas of Excellence” in several research fields which are Analytics for Business, Consumers and Social Insights, Finance and Financial Market and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

As the third top university in Singapore, SMU is also the point of destination for many international students. Here is some interesting information for prospective international students:

  • There is no specific entrance exam for SMU admission
  • However, certain faculties may require students to submit essays and attend interviews
  • Need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or SAT scores
  • Application is normally opened in October and closed in April

With state-of-the-art education and research programmes in Singapore, it will not be a surprise for us to see these top three universities to significantly improve their rankings in the next coming years of QS international surveys!

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