NUS opens 140 modules to alumni for free as part of pilot initiative

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has introduced a new lifelong learning initiative for its alumni to take up courses at the University over the next three years, according to a press statement released on May 8, 2017.

This is part of NUS’ efforts in promoting lifelong learning. In the first-year pilot phase that begins this August, a total of 140 modules will be made open to NUS alumni. Subject areas span from computing and engineering to science and business.

Photo courtesy: NUS
Photo courtesy: NUS

The 140 modules are offered by eight schools and faculties at the University, namely the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS Business School, School of Computing, School of Design and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Faculty of Science, and the School for Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE).

Close to 770 places will be available for NUS alumni. The majority of the courses on offer are at the postgraduate levels, but the wide ranging selection also includes undergraduate modules. The University may expand the course offerings after the pilot phase.

Photo courtesy: NUS
Photo courtesy: NUS

The three-year initiative will begin with a one-year pilot from August 2017 to July 2018, during which the modules will be available for free to NUS alumni. In the subsequent two years, course fees — which range about $3,000 to $3,500 per module — will continue to be waived, with only a Student Services Fee of $261.85 payable per semester. 

Alumni enrolled in these modules will study alongside current NUS students during regular term time.

“We are excited to welcome our alumni back to school, as we continue our efforts to support the national SkillsFuture movement, and make lifelong learning a critical part of our DNA," said Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost. "NUS hopes to further engage our extensive network of 278,000 alumni by providing new and progressive courses and programmes, to continually enhance the capabilities and competencies of our students and graduates. Our initiative is an encouragement for our alumni, new and old, to start adopting this lifelong learning mindset.”

Interested NUS alumni can browse the course catalogue and apply for courses online from today at Applications close on 31 May 2017.

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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