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Diverse options: The National University of Singapore seeks to give students a global perspective.
Diverse options: The National University of Singapore seeks to give students a global perspective.

MEERA SRINIVASAN

Offering a diverse range of courses and a global perspective, NUS has been attracting more students from India.

The number of students from India joining the National University of Singapore (NUS) has nearly doubled in the last few years. In this period, at least a hundred students have made it to the university.

From a small medical school founded in 1905, the NUS has evolved into a global university with an entrepreneurial dimension. A research-intensive university, the NUS seeks to offer a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment.

Students from close to 100 countries have a diverse range of courses to choose from. Overseas colleges and collaborations in partnership with top overseas institutions provide a global perspective for its education and research, allowing students to spend up to a year abroad at equally prestigious partner universities or intern at places like Silicon Valley and Bangalore.

International students can choose to pay an average of about S$9540 per year for tuition fees at NUS. They would also be setting themselves up for a career headstart in Singapore, as they work for a Singapore-registered company for three years upon graduation.

With about Singapore $700 a month, students could find accommodation — NUS provides affordable on-campus housing — and also meet expenses on food and travel. Part-time work opportunities are available, too.

Recognising that the recession may reduce employment opportunities for graduating students, the NUS Career Centre has developed a multi-pronged approach to help them, according to university spokespersons.

These initiatives include partnering with the Singapore business federation to enable the students to network, go on internships and explore business opportunities among the 15,000 business firms the federation represents; working closely with recruitment agencies and government bodies to provide job placements: and expanding career guidance and preparation programmes.


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