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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 28 May 2005

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National University of Singapore (NUS) turns 100


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Source: Singapore Government Media Release 28 May 2005

".....As a young nation, we do not have many institutions which are a hundred years old.
"The National University of Singapore is one such exceptional institution. Turning one hundred is a great achievement which all of us can be proud of.
"Over the last 100 years, NUS has grown in size and stature.
"From its inception in 1905 as ¡°The Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School¡± with an inaugural intake of 23 students, NUS has grown to become a comprehensive university today with 13 faculties and an enrolment of more than 22,000 undergraduates and 8,000 graduate students today.
"From a university whose primary mission was to teach and train graduate manpower for a rapidly growing economy, the focus has now expanded to include not only teaching but also knowledge creation and research of global standards in Science and Technology, as well as in the Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Business, and Medical Sciences.
"According to the Times Higher Education Supplement, NUS was ranked 18th out of the top 200 universities in the world in 2004. This is a great achievement which everyone in NUS, Council, Management, Faculty, students and alumni, can be proud of.....
"As an autonomous university by the middle of 2006, NUS can further grow in strength if it continues to harness the support of its stakeholders which include not only the NUS Council, the University Management and Faculty, but also NUS Students and Alumni.
"Every year, NUS produces about 6,000 graduates and 2,700 postgraduates. To-date, NUS has 148,000 alumni.....
"I am also pleased to announce that the Government has decided to allocate the Bukit Timah campus to NUS to house its Law and Business schools which will be relocating from Kent Ridge.
"The Government¡¯s decision was based on how the site would be used, the considerations put forward by the University and how the public interest would be best served.
"NUS has strong heritage links with the Bukit Timah campus, which began way back in 1928 during the days of Raffles College. Bukit Timah Campus holds a strong sentimental value for NUS and its alumni.
"The allocation of Bukit Timah Campus to NUS is timely and meaningful as the university celebrates its Centennial year in 2005....."

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Source: Singapore Government Media Release 28 May 2005

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