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The National University of Singapore is launching a S$1 million fund to support student-led programmes that involve community engagement. It is one of several new initiatives that NUS president Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said the university is rolling out.
SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore is launching a S$1 million fund to support student-led programmes that involve community engagement.
It is one of several new initiatives that NUS president Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said the university is rolling out over the next few years.
Professor Tan was speaking to the NUS Board of Trustees, staff and students in an annual address on Friday, where he set out the university's direction for the next few years.
He said: "Our graduates are very well prepared academically, but we do know that their ability to contribute and lead in the future will not just depend on this but also their character and personal qualities.
"This is particularly so in today's complex, volatile and uncertain world. We must therefore give even higher priority at NUS to help our students develop as well-rounded individuals."
The new initiatives he announced include new research areas, such as the brain and neurosciences, and risk resilience and mitigation, which Professor Tan said will become a critical theme, given the world's recent experience with the global financial crisis.
Professor Tan said the university will also create a new internal competitive research funding scheme to "stimulate the development of such fresh thinking, original approaches and collaborations".
First-year undergraduate students will also benefit from the new initiatives, through expanded residential learning programmes.
Professor Tan said the existing Ridge View Residences will be transformed into the Ridge View Residential Colleges to offer a set of programmes similar to the University Town (UTown) Residential Colleges.
He said residential colleges such as those in UTown "purposely create settings that maximise student peer-to-peer learning within the classroom through residential college learning and also outside of it".
The university is also setting up a new NUS Overseas College in New York next year, which Professor Tan said will focus on creative industries.
NUS Overseas College is a programme where students can gain internship and entrepreneurial experience in countries including China, the US and Sweden.
Professor Tan said returning students and alumni have started more than 150 companies.