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Nanyang Technological University

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1981
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Circus School 1
    • Climate:
    • Tropical
    • Location:
    • 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore, 639798
    • Phone:
    • +6567911744
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Nanyang Technological University

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. 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. 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.

Academic Highlights

The Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) is the second oldest public autonomous research university in Singapore. NTU is the only Singapore university to be ranked No.1 in the world for two subjects: Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, and Energy Science & Engineering. This is the third consecutive year that NTU was ranked No.1 in both subjects in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

NTU is also the only Singapore university with five subjects ranked among the world’s top 10 in the Shanghai Ranking’s league table of 54 subjects. In addition to the two No.1 subjects, the other NTU disciplines in the global top 10 were Telecommunication Engineering, Instruments Science & Technology, both at No.6, and Materials Science, which climbs 9 places to No.10. 

Life in Nanyang Technological University

Currently, there are more than 100 student organizations in NTU.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. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) also has two other campuses, one in Novena and another at one-north

School Ranking

NTU was ranked 11th in the world and 3rd in Asia in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. NTU also came in overall 1st in the world in the ranking of young universities for five consecutive years in the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings from 2015 to 2019. 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. 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 is ranked 4th in Asia in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017, a drop of 2 places from the previous year. In 2017, NTU rose to 52nd position worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Independently, the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy that ranks universities' research performance and places a high weightage on the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals won by a university’s alumni and faculty placed NTU 115th worldwide and 2nd in Singapore.


Admission is highly competitive, especially for non-citizens, due to limited places available. The admission point varies from year to year and between different programmes. Meeting the minimum requirements to apply does not guarantee admission to any of the programmes in NTU. Applicants (regardless of nationality) seeking admission to NUS should present the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Diploma. This includes full-time National Servicemen (NSF) with NUSHS Diploma who have a course reserved in NUS, but wish to apply for a change of course.

Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Nanyang Technological University. The list includes people like Stefanie Sun, Too  Ser Luck, Lee Tang, Zaqy Mohammad, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, Low Thia Khiang, Masagos Zulkifli, Yu-Foo See Shoon, Yes Jenn Jong, Tan Chin Hwee, Rui En, Vincy Chan, Youyi, Alan Tern, Diana Ser, Sebastian Teo, And Mong Seng, Boon Hui Lu, Dipna Lim Prasad, Joanne Peh, Lee Wung Yew, Liang Wern Fook, Chade-Meng Tan, Sim Ann, Gerald Giam, Tito Karnavian, Lee Bee Wah, Intan Azura Mokhtar, Michelle Saram, Ng Hui. 

Acceptance Rate

NTU's acceptance rate is estimated to be 35%. You might get in if you are a good student with good GPA, but you need more than that to be certain.

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