A Quick Overview of Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU)

Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) is a research university in Singapore. The university was founded in 1981 in Jurong West, Singapore. The size of the university is 500 acres with an urban setting. Despite its relatively young age as a university, Nanyang Technological Singapore has been recognized internationally for its prowess, especially in business and engineering fields.

Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) Campus

The university is divided into multiple schools and colleges. Each of these schools and colleges corresponds to a particular field of study. The first colleges built were the College of Business, College of Engineering, National Institute of Education ad Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. These colleges are the first part of the university when it is built.

Recently, Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) has built several other schools for several different fields of study such as Art, Design, and Media, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Biological Sciences. In the near future, the Humanities and Social Sciences will be divided into two separate schools

The university is also known for its beauty. It has been considered as one among the world’s most beautiful universities. The beauty of the campus is not only in terms of architectural design but also its environment-friendliness. The university is built to be self-sustaining and environment-friendly with 95% of the university’s buildings have Green Park Platinum certification.


In 2018, the university was ranked #1 in Asia and #11 in the world by QS World University Rankings. The university was also ranked #1 for young universities in the world for four consecutive years (from 2015 to 2018). In 2011, the university became Asia’s first university to receive the maximum stars in the QS Stars’ evaluation system.

For the rankings by broad and specific subject, Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) also has excellent rankings. According to QS World University Rankings, in 2017 the university was ranked #1 in Asia and #4 in the world for Engineering and Technology. In Engineering, the university is among top #5 the best in the world in terms of research output.

According to Times Higher Education, the university is ranked #4 in Asia. Still according to the same institute in 2017 the university has been able to rose to #52 worldwide with strong scores in every indicator used, particularly international outlook, industry income, and innovation, research, and citations. This is an impressive feat, considering the university has very low ranked in 2011.

Admission and Students

The university admission is open for men and women. International students are welcome to apply to the university. Applicants will be admitted to the university if they are able to pass the entrance examinations and have excellent academic record and grades. The admission fee is USD 30 and must be paid whether or not an applicant is admitted.

Currently, the university has about 33,000 students. Among these students, two third are undergraduate students and one third are postgraduate students. The university welcomes both domestic students as well as students of foreign nationals. At the moment, the university has over 6,000 foreign students with half of them are undergraduate students and the other half postgraduate students.


The annual tuition fee is different depending on the program and the nationalities of a student. For the domestic student, the annual tuition fees for the undergraduate program are around USD 4,000 to 6,000 and USD 6,000 to 8,000 for the postgraduate program. For the student of foreign national, the annual tuition fee is USD 12,000 to 14,000 for both programs.

Student Organizations

Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) provides the opportunities and encourages students to grow. There are over 100 student organizations within the university. All of these student organizations can be divided into three categories:

  • Students’ Union (including corresponding Constituent Clubs for each union)
  • Non-Constituent Clubs
  • Graduate Students’ Association (University-based) and Graduate Students’ Clubs (School-based)