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Huge turnout at NUS Open House 2012

19 March 2012

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (second from left) and Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye at the medicine school booth

Keen interest from prospective students of the new Yale-NUS College

The popular Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences talk was packed to the doors

Close to 17,000 prospective students and their families and friends visited the NUS Open House held on 17 and 18 March this year. Themed "The Change Is Me", the event gave visitors the opportunity to find out more about NUS, the transformative education it offers, and its wide selection of programmes and activities.

The admissions and faculty talks that ran throughout the day drew the most crowds. The audiences were enthralled by the breadth of subject choices and learning opportunities such as internships and overseas programmes offered by NUS. They also capitalised on the opportunity to speak to faculty members and current students and make enquiries on their specific concerns at the booths set up by the University's 12 undergraduate faculties and schools.

Two new highlights this year were the Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) and University Town's (UTown) Angsana College admissions activities. Yale-NUS, a landmark collaboration between NUS and Yale University, will admit its inaugural batch of undergraduates in 2013. It has seen a lot of interest from prospective students during its admissions publicity in the past few months, which included tea sessions held in January as well as an exhibition, mock lectures and sharing sessions by Yale University alumni and industry leaders at the Open House.

One young visitor, Ms Shermaine Wong, who caught a preview of the upcoming Yale-NUS campus, was excited about the residential living experience. "I learnt that Yale-NUS is inspired by Yale's residential college educational concept. The residential campus living is very much an integral part of learning," said the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science student.

Other exciting activities at Open House 2012 that gave visitors a fun-filled and insightful experience of the University included campus tours to UTown and the Bukit Timah campus, where the NUS Law School's Open House was held.

While on the UTown campus tour, prospective student Ms Lou Xin Fan from Meridian Junior College was struck by the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of UTown. Ms Lou, who plans to study at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, hopes to stay at Tembusu College.

Prospective students also had a glimpse of the vibrant student life through the NUS Students' Union Student Life Exhibition, which highlighted a variety of sports, community service, cultural, arts and special interest groups.

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