• Incoming freshmen guaranteed a residential place on campus for first two years
• NTU fulfils over 90 per cent of demand with 3 new residential halls opening this year
From this August, incoming freshmen at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore will be guaranteed a residential place on campus in their first two years, up from the current first-year stay.
NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson announced this at his annual State of the University Address today which was attended by 1,700 staff, students and alumni.
“A residential experience is part of the holistic education we offer here at NTU. Since 2012, we have guaranteed every freshman the opportunity to live on campus in their first year so that everyone has a chance to experience it.
“Demand has always been high and we have been doing a lot of construction in the last few years to meet the demand. Talk to any NTU graduate and they will tell you that living on campus is something not to be missed.”
Last September, NTU opened three new halls of residence, offering 2,100 more places to students. Come August, another three new halls will be added at Nanyang Crescent, which will cater to another 1,820 students.
By then, NTU will have 24 halls of residence, and about 14,200 undergraduates can live on campus, fulfilling over 90 per cent of the current demand.
A residential place on campus is highly sought after, with places awarded to seniors based on a competitive entry point system. Each hall has up to four resident hall fellows or faculty-in-residence who are professors, who play a mentoring role.
Professor Kwok Kian Woon, Associate Provost for Student Life, said, “Many students wish to live in our halls and experience community life and learning beyond the curriculum. Our halls are also the most affordable among universities here, and we provide various financial assistance schemes such as bursaries to help needy students. With every freshman guaranteed a place for two years, they will enjoy a vibrant campus life, which is the hallmark of NTU’s holistic education.”
Tan Li Yun, 19, a first year business student at NTU, said, “Living on campus is a milestone experience. For many of us, this is our first time staying away from home and our first taste of becoming independent adults. One of the best things about hall life is playing sports or just hanging out with friends after classes, or even learning about different cultures from exchange students.”
Prospective student Siti Aisyah binte Daniyah Mahmood, 18, who visited the NTU campus during the Open House two weeks ago, said, “The idea of staying in a university campus is really exciting. It would be easier to participate in group activities in the evening with friends, and if I ever needed to borrow a book or do research, I just need to take a short stroll down to the library.”
Integrated living spaces
Living on campus is not about having a convenient place to rest after classes. Hall residents lead an active life, taking part in activities designed to build teamwork, camaraderie and leadership skills. The various halls regularly organise their own social, sports and recreational activities.
“Students could discuss entrepreneurship or research ideas, plan a community project, develop an inter-disciplinary project, plan a hall production … the possibilities are endless,” said Prof Kwok.
Like at the other 21 halls, residents at the three upcoming halls of residence at Nanyang Crescent will have many opportunities for interaction with students from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds.
The blocks are connected via a linkway with BBQ pits and study pavilions, which include an annex block that has a landscaped rooftop garden. A food court and a fully-equipped gym will also be located nearby.
Students will have access to more common study and recreational areas such as sky lounges, discussion pods and reading rooms, as well as a multi-purpose hall.
Sustainability at the core of the campus
The NTU campus is known for its lush greenery and environmentally friendly buildings.
Prof Andersson said: “The NTU garden campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World, and we continue to walk the green talk -- new buildings are designed based on sustainability principles.”
NTU is the most bemedalled institution in Singapore for sustainability, with 53 Green Mark Platinum awards presented by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). It is also the first to receive the Green Mark Platinum Star Champion award – the highest accolade in Singapore for outstanding commitment to sustainable design.
NTU is set to become the greenest eco-campus in the world, with its aim to have a 35 per cent reduction in energy, water and waste by 2020.
For more details on the new halls at Nanyang Crescent, please refer to Annex A
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Nur Amin Shah (Mr)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and 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).
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg