List of universities in Singapore

This is a list of universities in Singapore.

National University of Singapore, with a history dating back to 1905, is the oldest university in Singapore

The oldest university in Singapore is the National University of Singapore, which was established in its current form in 1980, but has a history in tertiary education dating back to 1905.[1] The university along with the Nanyang Technological University are research intensive and rank the highest in global university ranking publications.[2][3] Newer universities have been established by the Singaporean Government since 2000 that specialise in various sectors and in applied learning.[4] Singapore also has partnered and directly-operated campuses from foreign universities and other private institutions offering external degree programs from overseas institutions.[5][6]

The university rankings included below are for reference only. Different university ranking publications use varying methodologies to rank universities[7][8][9][10][11][12] and cannot accurately calculate teaching performance, research quality and other abstract functions into a singular numerical composite.[13] University ranking methodologies have been criticised[14][15][16] for their subjectivity, bias and lack of consideration for institutional specialisations.[17][18][19] Institutional competitiveness reinforced by ranking publication results also discourages inter-institutional academic co-operation, non-anglophone thought and have been described a modern form of colonialism.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][19] The pursuit for higher rankings has also caused many universities globally to prioritise staff for research output over teaching skills and cause stress to high school students.[27][28]

In March 2021, Minister for Education Lawrence Wong announced that Singapore’s first arts university would be established in an alliance between the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts, in a system akin to the University of the Arts, London.[29] University of the Arts Singapore (UAS)[30] was established in 2023 as a collegiate university with both colleges under the umbrella university and has been given degree-awarding powers independent of their previous foreign partners, where the long-distance degrees were issued through foreign universities.[31] Singaporean citizens and permanent residents enrolled in the approved degree programmes at the university of the arts will pay subsidised fees like those at autonomous universities.[32] The seventh local university in Singapore, it is the only publicly-funded private university other than the now-defunct SIM University in Singapore and also the only university of the arts with degree-conferring powers. It has two constituent colleges, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the LASALLE College of the Arts.[30]

Local universities in Singapore edit

Publicly-funded local universities edit

Singapore has six local publicly-funded autonomous universities and a publicly-funded private university.[33][34][35] Dates starred with an asterisk are the earliest antecedent institution.

University Acronym Type Established QS rank[36] ARWU rank[37] THE rank[38] US
News
rank
[39]
CWTS rank
[40]
National University of Singapore NUS Public research intensive autonomous university 1905* 8 71 19 26 38
Nanyang Technological University NTU Public research intensive autonomous university 1981* 26 93 32 30 86
Singapore Management University SMU Public specialised research intensive autonomous university 2000 545 N/A N/A 725 N/A
Singapore University of Social Sciences SUSS Public autonomous university of applied learning 2005* N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Singapore Institute of Technology SIT Public autonomous university of applied learning 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Singapore University of Technology and Design SUTD Public specialised research intensive autonomous university 2009 429 901-1000 N/A 432 1177
University of the Arts Singapore UAS Publicly-funded private collegiate university of the arts 2023 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Defunct institutions edit

University Type Established Defunct Comments
Nanyang University Private university 1956 1980 Defunct following merger with University of Singapore to form NUS
SIM University Private university 1994 2017 Defunct following deprivitisation and restructuring to form SUSS

Private education institutions edit

Private education institutions (PEIs) are regulated by the Committee for Private Education (CPE). They may be campuses of foreign universities and schools or operating under a partnership with other institutions to provide external degree programs.[41] There are various accreditation and rating processes in Singapore including the EduTrust Certification Scheme.[42]

Below is an incomplete list of institutions of higher learning that offer undergraduate and/or graduate programmes in Singapore.

Local campuses of foreign universities edit

The following private education institutions are local branches of foreign universities.[43] Institutions are listed alphabetically in the order of country of origin and dates starred with an asterisk are the earliest antecedent institution.

Country University Type Type Estab. QS rank[44] ARWU rank[37] Times rank[38] US
News
rank
[39]
CWTS rank
[40]
Australia Curtin University Comprehensive Private campus of public university 1900* 183 201-300 201–250 160 310
Australia James Cook University Comprehensive Private campus of public university 1961* 415 301-400 351–400 324 698
Australia The University of Newcastle Postgraduate Private subsidiary of public university 1951* 173 401-500 201-250 231 388
France Paris-Panthéon-Assas University Specialised Private law school of non-profit university 1100* 851-900 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Foreign universities operating under partnership with local universities edit

The following education institutions are operated under a partnership with local universities. Institutions are listed alphabetically in the order of country of origin.[45][46][47] Dates starred with an asterisk are the earliest antecedent institution.

Country University Abbrev. Partner Estab. QS rank[48] ARWU rank[37] Times rank[38] US
News
rank
[39]
CWTS rank
[40]
Germany Technical University of Munich TUM Asia Singapore Institute of Technology 1868* 37 59 30 79 102
United Kingdom Newcastle University NUiS Singapore Institute of Technology 1834* 110 201-300 168 156 292
United Kingdom University of Glasgow UGS Singapore Institute of Technology 1451 76 101-150 87 74 263
United States DigiPen Institute of Technology DigiPen Singapore Institute of Technology 1988 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
United States Duke-NUS Medical School Duke-NUS National University of Singapore 2005 N/A 501-600 N/A N/A N/A
United States The Culinary Institute of America CIA Singapore Institute of Technology 1954 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
United States Yale-NUS College (closing 2025) Yale-NUS National University of Singapore 2011 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Local campuses of business schools and other institutions edit

This is a list of some non-local business schools and other institutions operating in Singapore.[49]

Country University Abbreviation Type Established
France ESSEC Business School ESSEC Private non-profit business school 1907
France INSEAD Asia Campus INSEAD Private non-profit business school 1957
India S P Jain School of Global Management SPJAIN Private business school 2004
Switzerland EHL Hospitality Business School EHL Private non-profit hospitality school 1893

Private external degree providers edit

Private institutions offering external degree programs edit

The following private education institutions offer external degree programmes (EDPs) with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees conferred by the institutions' partner universities.[43][6]

Institution Awarding body
Amity Global Institute[50] University of London; University of Northampton; Teesside University
Auston Institute of Management[51] University of the West of England
BAC College (Singapore)[52] University of London
Beacon International College[53] Cardiff Metropolitan University; University of East London
DIMENSIONS International College[54] Cardiff Metropolitan University; University of Derby; Wrexham University
East Asia Institute of Management (EASB)[55] Aston University; Cardiff Metropolitan University; De Montfort University; University of Essex; Herriot-Watt University; Queen Margaret University; Sheffield Hallam University
ERC Institute[56] Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; University of Chichester; University of Greenwich
Kaplan Higher Education Academy[57] Birmingham City University, Monash University; Murdoch University; Northumbria University; RMIT University, Royal Holloway, University of London; University College Dublin; University of Essex; University of Portsmouth
London School of Business & Finance[58] Manchester Metropolitan University; University of East London; University of Greenwich
Management Development Institute of Singapore[59] Bangor University; Edinburgh Napier University; Leeds Beckett University; Northumbria University; University of Central Oklahoma; University of Roehampton; University of Sunderland; Teeside University
Nanyang Institute of Management[60] Abertay University; University of the West of Scotland; York St John University
PSB Academy[61] Coventry University; Edinburgh Napier University; Edith Cowan University; La Trobe University; Massey University; The University of Newcastle, Australia; University of Canberra; University of Hertfordshire; University of Nottingham
Raffles College of Higher Education[62] Coventry University
SISH Institute[63] University of West London
Singapore Institute of Management[64] La Trobe University; RMIT University; State University of New York at Buffalo; University of Birmingham; University of London; University of Stirling; University of Sydney; University of Warwick; University of Wollongong
Singapore Raffles Music College[65] University of West London; University for the Creative Arts
TMC Academy[66] University of Northampton

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