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Festive first day of school at University Town

02 August 2011

(From left) Mr Wong Ngit Liong, Vice Provost (Student Life) Prof Tan Tai Yong, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, Deputy President (Administration) Mr Joseph Mullinix, and Prof Tan Eng Chye leading the NUS community in the symbolic walk

Aerial view of the crowd walking across College Link
to UTown

The start of this new academic year at NUS was quite unlike past years’. The usual anticipation and excitement of new learning and living experiences on campus, especially felt by the freshmen, were all the more heightened with the opening of the NUS University Town (UTown). This historic occasion was celebrated in conjunction with the Freshmen Inauguration Ceremony (FIC) on the first day of school on 1 August 2011.

Representatives of the NUS community – comprising more than 1,000 freshmen, seniors and staff - took a symbolic walk across College Link, the bridge connecting Kent Ridge Campus and UTown, led by NUS’ Chairman Mr Wong Ngit Liong, President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan and Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye.

Addressing the participants after the walk, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Although the procession over the bridge is a simple one, it is highly symbolic because it marks the largest single expansion in our University since it moved here to the Kent Ridge Campus. And you all are the lucky recipients of this expansion, which also symbolises our very strong commitment and unwavering belief in enhancing the student experience for all of our students.”

UTown’s innovative model of learning and living on campus is the first of its kind in Singapore’s higher education landscape. To be developed in phases, UTown has seen the completion of two of its residential colleges (Cinnamon College and Tembusu College), a Graduate Residence and a state-of-the art Education Resource Centre.

Open 24/7, the Education Resource Centre is well-equipped with purpose-built facilities, such as a learning cafe, multimedia hub and technology-infused seminar rooms, designed to encourage exchange of ideas and foster interdisciplinary collaborations.

At steady state, UTown will see some 10,000 students from all around the campus using its facilities every week.