THE SAIL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been placed 11th in the inaugural Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities ranking. NUS is the highest ranked educational institution, outside of Northeast Asia, on the list, and is also the only Singapore university to be placed among the list’s top 15 universities. This prestigious list recognises Asian universities for their outstanding commitment to research, innovation and the protection of ideas, as well as the commercialisation of those discoveries.
Using data from the Intellectual Property (IP) & Science division of Thomson Reuters, the Reuters Top 75 ranking analyses scientific literature and patent data across 10 criteria from 2009 to 2014 to determine which Asian academic institutions are the most innovative. The ranking factors in academic papers, patent filings and commercialising its discoveries.
NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “At NUS, we place strong emphasis on pioneering innovations and enhancing the translational impact of our research for the benefit of Singapore and beyond. To be named as the 11th most innovative university in Asia by the inaugural Reuters Top 75 is a strong endorsement of NUS as a research powerhouse and a centre of innovation in Asia. This achievement is also a recognition of the dedication and commitment of NUS’ talented faculty members, researchers, staff and students, who work tirelessly to achieve research excellence and pursue its innovative application.”
This accomplishment is the latest feather in the cap for NUS, which was the first university from Singapore to break into the world’s Top 100 universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the independent Shanghai Ranking Consultancy earlier this month. NUS has also recently been named Asia’s top university in the Asia University Rankings 2016 published by Times Higher Education magazine and the Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings: Asia 2016 in June this year.
The Sail @ Marina Bay – Polytechnics
Polytechnics in Singapore provide three-year diploma courses and accept students based on their GCE O-level, GCE A-level or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) results.
Polytechnics offer a wide range of courses in various fields, including engineering, business studies, accountancy, tourism and hospitality management, mass communications, digital media, humanities, social sciences and biotechnology. There are also specialised courses such as marine engineering, nautical studies, nursing, aviation management, social enterprise and optometry. They provide a more industry-oriented education as an alternative to junior colleges for post-secondary studies. About 40% of each Primary 1 cohort will enrol in polytechnics.
Polytechnic graduates with good grades can continue to pursue further tertiary education at local and many overseas universities, notably those in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and be exempted for modules completed in their polytechnics.
PRIVATE ARTS INSTITUTION
The two arts institutions in Singapore provide three-years diploma courses as well as degree courses and accept students based on their GCE O-level, GCE A-level or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) results like the Polytechnics. Most NAFA and LASALLE graduates will continue their bachelor’s degree education with advanced standing options depending on the universities and courses they applied to with their Diploma.