Nanyang Technological University

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Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University (logo).png
Established 1991 (first established as NTI in 1981)
Type

National University

Public, Autonomous
Endowment S$2.3 billion (US$1.8 billion)[1]
Chancellor President Tony Tan
President Prof Bertil Andersson
Academic staff 1,700
Admin. staff 2,500
Students 33,000
Undergraduates 23,000
Postgraduates 10,000
Location Nanyang Avenue, Singapore
1°20′41″N 103°40′53″E / 1.34472°N 103.68139°E / 1.34472; 103.68139Coordinates: 1°20′41″N 103°40′53″E / 1.34472°N 103.68139°E / 1.34472; 103.68139
Campus 2.0 km2 (0.77 sq mi)[2]
Colours      University Red
     School Blue
Affiliations WA, ABET, ASAIHL, AUN, ACU, DAAD, Global Alliance of Technological Universities
Website

www.ntu.edu.sg

www.facebook.com/NTUsg

twitter.com/NTUsg
Nanyang Technological University
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 南洋理工大學
Simplified Chinese 南洋理工大学
Malay name
Malay Universiti Teknologi Nanyang
Tamil name
Tamil நன்யாங் தொழில்நுட்ப பல்கலைக்கழகம்

Nanyang Technological University (Abbreviation: NTU; Malay: Universiti Teknologi Nanyang; Chinese: 南洋理工大学; pinyin: Nányáng Lǐgōng Dàxué; Tamil: நன்யாங் தொழில்நுட்ப பல்கலைக்கழகம்) is a young, research-intensive university in Singapore with a cosmopolitan and vibrant campus life. It is one of the largest public universities in Singapore.

NTU was inaugurated in 1991, originally as an English-medium technical and teaching college occupying the grounds of the former Nanyang University, a Chinese-medium university which had been consolidated into the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1980. Over the years, NTU has grown to become a full-fledged research university, and currently provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate[3] and postgraduate[4] students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from more than 70 countries, the university's 4000-strong teaching and research staff[5] also bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

In recent years, various college and university rankings have placed NTU amongst the top universities in Asia and globally.[6] In the 2014 QS World University Rankings, NTU is ranked 39th globally (7th in Asia),[7] and is placed 1st in the world among young universities according to the 2014 QS Top 50 Under 50.[8] In the 2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, NTU is ranked at 76th globally (11th in Asia),[9] and at 91-100th place in the separate World Reputation Rankings survey.[10] NTU's business school, Nanyang Business School, was been rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2013 as 64th globally (4th in Asia, and top in Singapore).[11]

Campuses[edit]

Yunnan Garden Campus[edit]

NTU Administration Building

NTU's primary campus is the 200-hectare (2.0 sq km; 0.772 sq mi) Yunnan Garden Campus which is situated adjacent to the Jurong West district of Singapore. It is the largest university campus on the island of Singapore and also houses Singapore's largest on-campus residence infrastructure including 18 halls of residence for undergraduates and two graduate halls.

The campus grounds were originally donated by the Singapore Hokkien Association to Nanyang University, a Chinese-medium university inaugurated in 1953. In 1980, the Government of Singapore merged Nanyang University with the University of Singapore to form the present-day National University of Singapore. The following year, the Nanyang University grounds were granted to the Nanyang Technological Institute, a newly formed English-medium engineering college. In 1991, NTI merged with the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore's main teaching college, to form the present-day Nanyang Technological University.

Chinese Heritage Centre, formerly the administrative building of Nanyang University

The former Nanyang University administration building was beautifully restored into the Chinese Heritage Centre and was gazetted as a national monument in 1998 - now overlooking the historical Yunnan Garden. The Nanyang University Memorial and original Nanyang University Arch were also declared national monuments of Singapore in 1998. The NTU Art & Heritage Museum is an approved public museum under the National Heritage Board’s Approved Museum Scheme; benefactors who donate artworks and artefacts to NTU enjoy double tax deductions.

In 2008, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the world’s largest foundations for entrepreneurship, selected NTU as the first Kauffman campus outside of the US.

The campus also served as the Youth Olympic Village for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.[12]

Singapore's first eco-business park, CleanTech Park, is situated next to NTU's main campus. It is proposed to be developed in three phases with a estimated completion year of 2030. The park's first multi-tenanted building, CleanTech One, was opened in October 2010. CleanTech One's tenants include those from the public sector (the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N), and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore), as well as from the private sector (DHI Water & Environment, Toray Industries, Silecs International, CIMA Nanotech, Diamond Energy, the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), Yingli Solar, and Pfizer).

NTU@one-north[edit]

Apart from the Yunnan campus, NTU also operates a second campus at the one-north business park. It comprises two wings with respective educational and alumni clubhouse facilities primarily allowing the university to enhance its delivery of continuing education programmes as well as for external collaborations.

The educational facilities include a 215-seat auditorium, a 80-seat lecture theatre, 6 nos of 45-seat lecture theatres, 21 nos of 18 to 50-seat seminar rooms, 3 nos of 18 to 27-seat computer rooms and 8 nos of 6-seat discussion rooms. Alumni clubhouse facilities include a fun pool, a Chinese restaurant, games arcade, wine bar, lounge, karaoke rooms, games rooms, gymnasium, childcare centre and SPA. The Campus is also home to NTU's Centre for Continuing Education and the Confucius Institute of NTU.

Novena Campus[edit]

A third campus, Novena Campus, is situated close to LKCMedicine’s partner teaching hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital in downtown Novena. The new 20-storey Clinical Sciences Building is expected to be completed in 2016, and is expected to facilitate the LKCmedicine students’ seamless integration into clinical settings by providing state-of-the-art future classrooms, including a learning studio, alcove clusters, clinical skills and communication centre, which boasts its own four-bed mock ward as well as several consultation rooms, so that students can practise their skills in a realistic and safe environment. The CSB will also be home to LKCMedicine researchers, with the laboratories interconnected through collaborative spaces.

Colleges, Schools and Institutes[edit]

The North Spine

NTU is organized into several colleges and schools, each corresponding to different fields of study.[13] The various engineering schools, which were consolidated to form the College of Engineering in 2001 , together with Nanyang Business School, the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and the National Institute of Education have been part of NTU from its inception. More recently, NTU has established additional schools for the Biological Sciences (2001), Humanities and Social Sciences (2004), Physical & Mathematical Sciences (2005), and Art, Design and Media (2009). In 2013, NTU and Imperial College London jointly established a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is based in the Novena campus.[14]

NTU also hosts a number of world-class autonomous institutes: the National Institute of Education, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and two recently established research institutes, the Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. It is also home to various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Nanyang Business School (College of Business)[edit]

Nanyang Business School is consistently ranked as the top business school in Singapore. It offers undergraduate degrees in Accountancy and Business (with an undergraduate population of around 3,600), as well as one of the world's top MBA programmes and other post-graduate degrees. It is the only business school in Singapore and one of only three in Asia to be awarded both the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditations – international hallmarks of quality.

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences[edit]

School of Art, Design and Media

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences consists of three schools.

  • The School of Art, Design and Media is Singapore's first professional art school and offers an undergraduate programmes in Art, Design, and Media, as well as graduate degrees in arts research. Its building, which features a sloping grassy roof surrounding a central courtyard, is frequently featured in NTU's promotional materials.[15]

College of Engineering[edit]

The College of Engineering is NTU's largest subdivision. It is claimed to be the world's largest engineering college, with a student population of more than 10,000 undergraduates and 3,500 graduates.[16] It consists of six schools focused on technology and innovation. The college offers a rich array of multidisciplinary programmes and specialisations. In addition to the 12 single degree programmes, the college also offers double degrees, double majors and integrated programmes as well as the only aerospace engineering programme in Singapore.

College of Science[edit]

The College of Science in NTU is a young and dynamic institution that has grown phenomenally in its relatively short history. Today, the college consists of two schools and is home to about 150 faculty members, 340 research staff, 110 administrative and technical staff, 3700 undergraduate and 540 graduate students.

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine[edit]

The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was established in 2013 in collaboration with Imperial College London. Prior to its opening in 2013, the school received record donations of S$400 million, including S$150 million from the Lee Foundation. The School’s primary clinical partner is the National Healthcare Group, a leader in public healthcare recognised for the quality of its medical expertise, facilities and teaching. The School, named after local philanthropist Tan Sri Dato Lee Kong Chian, aims to be a future model for innovative medical education. Its first doctors will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), awarded jointly by NTU and Imperial College London, and will have a strong understanding of the scientific basis of medicine, along with interdisciplinary subjects including business management and technology.

Interdisciplinary Graduate School[edit]

The Interdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS) focuses on the key research areas within NTU's Peaks of Excellence in Sustainable Earth, New Media and Future Healthcare. Research in these areas span across different disciplines beyond the conventional school-based programmes. IGS leverages on professors from all the schools and colleges in NTU to undertake interdisciplinary research and to act as advisors for IGS PhD students. With this approach, IGS aims to train a new generation of PhD students, who are exposed to an intensive seminar culture with ample interaction opportunities.

Autonomous Institutes[edit]

NTU hosts a number of autonomous research and educational institutes.

  • The Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Hosted by the NTU in partnership with NUS, SCELSE is linking new insights from the Life Sciences with expertise from the emerging technologies in Engineering and Natural Sciences to understand, harness and control microbial biofilm communities. The union of these fields has established a new discipline of Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (ELSE).

Institutes and Centres[edit]

NTU has a large number of subsidiary research and educational institutes, including the following:

Living Spaces[edit]

On-campus housing is strategically located within NTU's lush Yunnan Garden Campus. Residents can ride on the free NTU shuttle bus and/or public buses within the campus to their schools, departments or centres. Nearby amenities include Gek Poh Shopping Centre, Jurong Point Shopping Centre, J-cube, Jem, Westgate and tourist attractions such as Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Science Centre, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Discovery Centre, etc.

Undergraduate Halls[edit]

NTU has 18 Halls of Residence for undergraduates, each with a capacity of between 500 & 659 residents. All halls are co-ed by floor or wing and offer single and double occupancy rooms. Double rooms are shared by residents of the same gender.

All rooms in the halls of residence are all offered fully furnished. With the exception of Halls 1 & 2 which offer shared suite-style attached shower and toilets, all halls have gender specific communal showers and toilets. All rooms at Halls 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 are fitted with air-conditioners on a pay-for-use basis. Selected rooms at Crescent Hall & Pioneer Hall are fitted with air-conditioners, also on a pay-for-use basis. Every hall also has communal facilities like lounges, air-conditioned reading rooms, pantries, and laundry rooms with washing machines and dryers.

Graduate Halls[edit]

On-campus graduate housing is available at two on-campus graduate halls - Graduate Hall 1 and Graduate Hall 2, with a capacity of 476 and 852 respectively. All rooms are fully furnished with a bed, wardrobe, desk, fan, air-conditioning and internet connection. Communal facilities like pantries and laundry rooms with washing machines and dryers are also available to residents.

Faculty Housing[edit]

Faculty Housing consists of five clusters made up of apartment blocks, maisonettes, semi-detached houses and bungalows. There is also a wide variety of housing types consisting of 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and duplex units. The floor areas range from 55 sqm to 200 sqm. All the faculty housing are surrounded by greenery, and each cluster has its own exclusive setting and view.

Academics[edit]

Undergraduate Education[edit]

NTU has a total undergraduate population of around 23,500. Approximately 80% of undergraduates are Singaporean citizens and permanent residents. The remaining 20% of international students are mostly from the ASEAN nations, China, and India.

When applying for admission to NTU, applicants are required to specify one (or more) of NTU's schools in which to study. Applicants are offered admission by the individual schools, which have varying admission criteria (after admission, it is possible to appeal for a transfer between schools). Applicants from Singapore must have graduated from a junior college or polytechnic. International students are required to have completed K-12 education; furthermore, as English is the medium of instruction at NTU, students from non-English speaking countries may be required to have an English language proficiency certificate such as IELTS or TOEFL.

Undergraduate tuition is heavy subsidized by the Government of Singapore. Singaporean citizens pay around 27 percent of the base tuition cost.[18] A reduced subsidy is optionally available to Singaporean permanent residents and international students, but with a stipulation: the recipients are contractually required to work for a Singapore-based company for three years after graduation.[19]

NTU also offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships to new as well as current students pursuing their full-time undergraduate studies in the university. Scholarships are generally awarded to students based on academic merit and good co-curricular records.

Post-graduate Education[edit]

NTU has approximately 10,000 graduate students pursuing Master's degrees, doctorates, and other post-graduate degrees. The graduate student population is largely international.

The admission requirements for post-graduate studies vary with the school and the course of study. Several programmes require GRE or GMAT scores; typical minimum scores are 320 (GRE verbal/quantitative), 3.5 (GRE analytical), and 600 (GMAT), but these can vary widely between different schools. Applicants from non-English speaking countries are typically required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores; typical minimum scores are 6.0 (IETL) and 90 (Internet-based TOEFL).[20]

A range of post-graduate scholarships is also available to students pursuing their full-time post-graduate studies at NTU.

Clubs & Communities[edit]

NTU provides rich opportunities for groups and communities to form and grow, as well as supports the forming and organisation of student activities to provide a platform to share knowledge and experiences.

Currently, there are more than 100 student organizations in NTU that fall into these categories:

Performance[edit]

University rankings
Global
ARWU[21] 151-200
Times[22] 76
QS[23] 39
Asia
ARWU[24] 20-31
Times[25] 11
QS (World version)[26]
QS (Asian version)[27]
7

Currently, NTU is ranked 39th globally by the 2014 QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top 1% of universities globally.[28] The 2014 QS Asian University Rankings which uses a different set of performance criteria places NTU 7th in Asia.[29] NTU is also ranked 1st in the world among young elite universities according to the 2014 QS Top 50 Under 50.[30] In 2011, NTU became the first university in Asia to receive the maximum five stars under the QS Stars evaluation system.[31] Other international universities with a five-star rating include the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2013, NTU rose to 76th position worldwide (11th in Asia) in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings[32] with strong scores in all the categories measured, particularly for research, citations and industry income and innovation. In 2013, NTU was ranked 11th in the Times Higher Education Asian University Rankings.[33] NTU was placed 5th among the global top 100 universities under the age of 50 in 2014. NTU is ranked in the top 151st to 200th bracket of global universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[34] As of November 2013, Microsoft Academic Search website ranks NTU's overall engineering, according to the number publications and H-Index criteria, as the world's 10th since the last 5 years.[35] QS World University Rankings rated NTU's Engineering and Technology as 9th in the world (2nd in Asia) in 2014 while Times Higher Education World University Rankings place NTU in the 33rd position (7th in Asia) according to its 2013–2014 Engineering and Technology subject ranking.[36] Furthermore, QS World University Rankings 2014 rated NTU's Social Sciences as 33rd worldwide (8th in Asia) and NTU's Natural Sciences was placed 59th in the world (13th in Asia); Arts & Humanities jumped 31 places to rank 86th (14th in Asia) and Life Sciences & Medicine is ranked 208th (24th in Asia).[37]

In 2014, NTU's Engineering and Technology is ranked by QS World University Rankings as 9th in the world (2nd in Asia) while the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Engineering and Technology table ranked NTU 33rd in the world (7th in Asia).[38] It is the 5th most cited in the world while its research output is ranked among the top three universities globally in Engineering by Essential Science Indicators of Thomson Reuters.[39] According to the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in the subject of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU is ranked 8th in the world (3rd in Asia).;[40] in the subject of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, NTU is ranked 11th globally (3rd in Asia);[41] in the subjects of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Materials Science, NTU is ranked 14th worldwide (3rd in Asia);[42][43] in the subject of Computer Science and Information Systems, NTU is ranked 22nd in the world (6th in Asia);[44] in the subject of Chemical Engineering, NTU is ranked 34th (9th in Asia).[45]

QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2014 in Social Sciences and Management - covering Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Business School and School of Humanities and Social Sciences - ranked NTU 33rd in the world [46] QS World University Rankings 2014 in the subject of Communication and Media Studies ranked NTU (Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information) 6th in the world (1st in Asia);[47] in the subject of Education, NTU (National Institute of Education) is ranked 14th globally (1st in Asia).[48]

NTU's Nanyang Business School's MBA is ranked 32nd in the world (and 6th in Asia) by the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2013 and 64th globally (4th in Asia) by The Economist Intelligence Unit Full-time MBA Rankings 2013. For the 10th straight year, Nanyang Business School has been ranked the best in Singapore by The Economist.[49] Also, Nanyang Business School is placed 13th worldwide in the Financial Times’ (FT) rankings of the world’s top 100 Executive MBA (EMBA) programmes.[50] Nanyang Business School's accounting research is rated 5th in the world and remained No. 1 in Asia by the Brigham Young University (BYU) Accounting Research Rankings released in April 2013. Professor Tan Hun Tong retained his standing as the world's top accounting researcher for the third year running while Professor Clive Lennox is ranked 7th in the world and 2nd in Asia.[51] Professor Vijay Sethi is voted the world's best business professor as the sole recipient of the prestigious Business Professor of the Year award from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in March 2013.[52] QS World University Rankings in the subject of Accounting and Finance ranked NTU 29th in the world and 5th in Asia.[53]

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies is ranked second among university-affiliated think-tanks in Asia and 22nd globally.[54]

NTU has many multi-national programmes and initiatives with institutions worldwide. Some examples of key partners include MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, Caltech, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University; world-class universities in Asia such as Beijing University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Waseda, IIT of India; European universities like Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Karolinska Institutet, University of Mannheim, Heidelberg University and Technische Universität München; and Israeli Universities like Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

NTU is also the first Kauffman Campus outside the United States, spearheading entrepreneurship in Asia.

Internet learning on campus[edit]

The University is connected to the high speed Internet. All the facilities and resources available over the Internet are accessible by anyone on the campus network. The campus network, which links together all computing systems on the campus, is managed by the University's Centre for IT Services (CITS).

To supplement the fixed-line campus network, NTU implemented a campus-wide wireless network in 2000. This high-speed wireless network, capable of a transfer rate of up to 11 megabits per second, enables NTU staff and students equipped with mobile devices such as notebooks, PCs and PDAs to access all networked services from practically anywhere on the campus without the need of a hardwired network connection. However services like torrents are still blocked.

NTU provides e-learning services via edveNTUre, which is based on BlackBoard technology, provides the framework and eco-system for learning and teaching. Besides providing a repository of lecture recordings, lecture notes, it also facilitates learning activities for collaboration, discussion, assessment and project work. During term time, the usage typically by faculty and students exceeds nine-million page views weekly (Jan 2010).

Degrees awarded by NTU[55][edit]

Bachelor degrees:

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Communication Studies

Higher degrees:

  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Education
  • Master in Educational Administration
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Communication Studies
  • Master of Mass Communication
  • Master of Management in Hospitality
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor in Education

Maritime Degrees:[56]

  • BSc in Maritime Studies
  • BSc in Maritime Studies with Business Major
  • MSc in Maritime Studies

University Publications[edit]

NTU produces a number of reports, newsletters and publications by departments, schools and student bodies.

The Tribune is the official student-run publication of the NTU Students' Union. It is a monthly newspaper which covers diverse topics such as campus news and events, sports, business, lifestyle, opinions etc.

The Nanyang Chronicle is another monthly newspaper. It is run by the students and staff of Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

The HEY! magazine was launched in 2011 by the NTU Corporate Communications Office. It is NTU’s new lifestyle magazine for students and frequently covers NTU students' success stories.

Pushing Frontiers is a bi-annual magazine showcasing research and innovation at NTU published by the NTU Corporate Communications Office.

Campus Buzz is a weekly email newsletter on student events. The contents of the e-newsletter are generated automatically from NTU online event calendar on a weekly basis. Student clubs representatives can self-service to put up events and activities details in the NTU online event calendar.

NTU Link is a quarterly magazine that feature alumni events, interviews with personalities, and updates. It is published by the Alumni Affairs Office and is provided free to all alumni via post.

ArtJam is another major publication run by the NTU Cultural Activities Club(CAC). It covers a large range of events held by NTUCAC and events all round Singapore. ArtJam is distributed on campus as well as many local iconic areas.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Politics[edit]

People's Action Party[edit]

Workers Party of Singapore[edit]

Singapore Democratic Party[edit]

National Solidarity Party[edit]

International Politics[edit]

Public Service & Civil Society[edit]

Business and Technology[edit]

Academia and Research[edit]

  • Chee Kheng Hoy – World expert on rubber tree research
  • Cheryl Marie Cordeiro – International Business and Relations Researcher in the University of Gothenburg and Miss Singapore Universe 1999
  • Ng Yew Kwang – Albert Winsemius Professor of Economics in NTU
  • Lee Hui Mien – Creater of the world's first spectacle frame made entirely of recycables

Arts and Humanities[edit]

Media and Entertainment[edit]

Sports[edit]

Notable Faculty[edit]

Medicine, Science and Engineering[edit]

Humanities and Social Sciences[edit]

Business and Technology[edit]

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Renaming Controversy[edit]

Although NTU occupies the grounds of the former Nanyang University (NU), and has a similar name, it is not a direct continuation of that institution. In 1980, the Government of Singapore forcibly merged Nanyang University with the University of Singapore to form the present-day National University of Singapore (NUS). This was a source of significant discontent amongst NU students and alumni, because NU had been a Chinese-medium university, whereas the newly merged NUS was (and is) an English-medium university.

As NTU subsequently grew into a full university, various efforts were made to have it claim the Nanyang University mantle. In 1996, the alumni rolls of Nanyang University were transferred from NUS to NTU. In 1998, the prominent local calligrapher and poet Pan Shou, who had been the first vice-chancellor of Nanyang University, called for NTU to be renamed Nanyang University, as a way to “quieten the hearts of many” NU alumni.[57] In 2003, this idea received further support from NTU president Su Guaning, during an interview with the Chinese-language paper Lianhe Zaobao. One reason oferred for the renaming was that, by the mid-2000s, NTU no longer had a narrow focus on technical subjects, but had become a full university including studies in the humanities.

However, the NTU administration's renaming plans soon encountered significant push-back. One NU alumni, Zhu Yong-an, circulated the results of a straw poll in which NU alumni came out strongly against the idea; respondents complained that NTU could not provide "continuity" for the "murdered" Nanyang University.[58] Finally, after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong weighed in on the affair,[59] the administration dropped the idea quietly in 2006 and has not raised it since.

Tenural Denial to Cherian George[edit]

In 2013, there was a debate over academic freedom in Singapore when Associate Professor Cherian George, an outspoken academic at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications who had publicly criticized Singapore's system of media control and its ruling People’s Action Party.[60] did not get tenured. Although George had been recommended for tenure by the Wee Kim Wee School, his application was turned down by a university-level committee which included representatives from the Government of Singapore. One of the reviewers for the tenure case, Cardiff University's professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, expressed outrage at NTU's decision,[61] and George's thesis advisor, Stanford University's Theodore Glasser, raised doubts about "NTU's reputation as a university of international standing" and "NTU's commitment to academic freedom".[62] Despite a petition against the tenure decision by students at the Wee Kim Wee School, George's appeal against the tenure decision was subsequently rejected by the university.[63]

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