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Mastering medicine at NUS

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“History repeats, but science reverberates.” — Siddhartha Mukherjee. This quote is from The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, a book I read as an impressionable undergraduate studying biotechnology at Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering.

It also turned out to be a book that would profoundly influence my life and career choice. Currently, I’m a second-year Ph.D. student, studying cancer cell signalling at the YLL School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS).

NUS is one of Asia’s leading universities and is known for its high quality, well-rounded academic programmes for undergraduates and graduates. The faculties of engineering, arts and sciences and medicine offer bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programmes in many cases with scholarships.

Global leader

The YLL School of Medicine at NUS has grown to be one of the global leaders of translational medicine research. It offers a four-year Ph.D. programme in different fields such as microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology etc. It’s also one of the few Ph.D. programs that welcomes qualified students straight out of their undergraduate course.

Accepted students are awarded a full tuition fee waiver and a generous stipend. The research environment here is a collaborative one and focuses on interdisciplinary problem- solving. Research is generously funded, a fact that is increasingly attracting top scientists from around the world to set up shop here. As a graduate student, I’ve had the privilege of attending talks by Nobel laureates, international conferences and, of course, doing research and making my own small contribution to science.

Life in Singapore

The campus is huge and self-contained. It has everything a student could ever want, from state of the art sports facilities and gyms to restaurants and coffee shops. Singapore is known for its multiracial population and is generally welcoming of foreigners. It is a foodie’s paradise (even a vegetarian’s) and its distinct ethnic districts, such as Arab Street are teeming with restaurants. It’s also extremely safe and has an amazing public transport system. Singapore’s close proximity to Malaysia and Indonesia allows for tropical weekend getaways. It’s also just a short plane journey away from home for those times when you get a little homesick.

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