National University of Singapore: Beacon of Malaysia

Ranking an impressive #16 in 2016 in the world for Economic studies, Singapore’s NUS claims an impressive 18% of postgraduate students. With more than 4,500 out of a little over 5,000 faculty bearing PhDs, the quality of the staff at this university is high. Even in the condensed and highly competitive market of Singapore, NUS holds a good 88.4% employer rating, and an overall QS World University ranking of #12 in the 2015-2016 year. It’s considered #1 in Asian University Rankings. More than a century old, it’s the oldest university in the city, and the largest in the country.

NUS features both domestic and overseas programmes, and has since 2001. Participants in the overseas programme spend six to twelve months abroad taking internships and courses at partner Universities to broaden the experience and outlook of its students. Partner schools in the programme include colleges in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Beijing, India, and Israel, among others.


NUS began as a medical school in 1905, known as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School. In 1949, after several CCF06282010_00001name changes, it was merged with Raffles College to form the University of Malaya, to provide a wider education for the needs of Singapore and the Federation of Malaya. During its first decade, growth was rapid, resulting in a division each in Singapore and Kuala Lampur in 1959. In 1961, the two divisions were given separate status, with the Singapore division renamed University of Singapore.

By 1980, University of Singapore merged with Nanyang University to create the National University of Singapore, which has been the present form of the institution for more than thirty-five years. It was during this time that the University established what would become one of the world’s premier entrepreneurial education programs.


NUS features a modular system of education, with features from both British and American educational systems. Many cross disciplinary study programmes exist, combining foci from different study blocks to create innovative and powerful combinations of education, such as Business and Engineering, or Economics and Law.

The NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme begun in 2001 is also supplemented by a domestic equivalent, the Innovative Local Enterprise Achiever Development (iLEAD), interning students at innovative Singapore companies. The seven to eight month programme is designed to cultivate a mindset of entrepreneurship, and develop leadership and management skills. The programme is viewed as highly effective and inventive.


Former students of NUS are well represented in the world of entrepreneurial business, including:

  • razerceoMin-Liang Tan, Co-founder and CEO of Razer USA, a company with competitive and state of the art contributions to E-sports.
  • Colin Tan, developer of, a UK based online property management site which looks to revolutionize the industry of property management.
  • Henry Ergas, a regulatory economist whose work has included OECD, the Australian Trade Practices Commission, and the Australian Centre of Regulatory Economics.
  • Chew Choon Seng, Chairman of the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Exchange.

International appeal

NUS is host to students from more than a hundred countries across the globe. In 2014 it was rated as number four on the NUS_logo_full-verticalTimes Higher Education
world university rankings of the top 100 most international universities. Based on Teaching, International Outlook, Research, Citations, and Industry Income, NUS received an overall score of 94.9.

NUS is a university whose results speak for themselves. In the difficult and competitive world of entrepreneurial business, the economics education of the National University of Singapore consistently produces successful graduates who have what it takes to be movers and shakers in the world of entrepreneurial business.


Higher education is becoming an increasingly vital part of our lives. With more and more knowledge required to stay competitive in commerce and government, the importance of selecting good colleges has become paramount. Second rate education is not merely a problem on paper, but can hamstring the career of a student for the rest of his or her life.