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Good turnout at NUS Open House 2011

14 March 2011

BOOTH STOP: NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (left) learning about the Virtual Sandbox, an educational game to learn English, from Ms Chin Su Yuen and Mr Ee Wai Lay

FACULTY TALKS: The halls were packed with prospective students and their families eager to learn more about the courses and programmes offered by NUS

MEDIA PREVIEW OF UTOWN: The first group to be brought on a tour of UTown on 12 March 2011 comprised the local media accompanied by senior administrators at NUS
More than 17,000 prospective students and their families as well as other interested members of the public visited the annual NUS Open House held from 12 to13 March 2011 at its Kent Ridge and Bukit Timah campuses. The turnout was much larger than last year's 14,000-strong crowd.

The two-day event provided a good opportunity for visitors to learn about NUS' courses and programmes at its faculty booths and through a comprehensive line-up of admissions and faculty talks. The visitors also caught a glimpse of the vibrant campus life and environment through guided campus tours, colourful exhibits and lively performances showcasing student activities and hall life.

A special highlight during Open House this year was the chance to visit the NUS University Town (UTown), which was open for the first time for public viewing. The tour, which was greeted with much enthusiasm by the visitors, gave them a sneak peek into UTown, its facilities and environment that are still being built. In particular, the tour participants were excited to view the first two residential colleges and a graduate residence of UTown that will be ready for occupancy this August.

Offering a novel experience of learning and living on campus for NUS undergraduates, UTown's educational concept is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore's higher education landscape. It combines the convenience of campus living with an exciting multidisciplinary academic programme and rigorous training in critical thinking and communications in a highly interactive and diverse setting.