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Open Day at UTown showcases campus learning, living

18 March 2013



NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (second from left) and NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye (second from right) making a booth stop at the Faculty of Engineering


LiNUS during a photo opportunity


Visitors took time to capture their fun moments

Prospective students and their families soaked in the dynamic campus life at NUS during this year's Open Day themed "NUS Because" on 16 March. Held for the first time at University Town (UTown), a vibrant educational hub housing residential spaces, teaching facilities and a myriad of student amenities, the event drew 16,500 visitors.

The 16 faculties and schools showcased their distinctive courses during talks that drew capacity crowds. For Catholic Junior College classmates Ajmal Ishak, Fu Min Yi and Rifath, they found the Engineering talk particularly inspiring as the speaker was able to channel his passion into motivating students pursuing this field.

Visitors also had the opportunity to interact with student representatives and participate in a host of exciting activities at the Student Village occupied by colourful displays of the various clubs, interest groups and sports teams. This included spirited fast-moving salsa dances and soulful a capella performances. Neo Hui Yi and Jazlyn Chua, both from National Junior College, found UTown immensely lively. They were impressed by the friendly students and lecturers on hand to answer their queries.

LiNUS, the University's mascot, was easy to spot with its bright blue mane. It made rounds to greet and meet visitors, taking the time to have photo moments with many.

For those keen to know more about living on campus, the Tembusu College and the new College of Alice & Peter Tan have opened their doors to give a tantalising glimpse. Students at the two residential colleges shared about their enriching education via their multidisciplinary modules in small classes and out-of-classroom learning. In addition, they enthused about the fulfilling life built up through the many social and sporting activities organised regularly.

Also offering a residential living experience - coupled with a unique Yale University and NUS global curriculum - is the Yale-NUS College. Prospective students got up close and personal with the admissions team and Yale-NUS College's staff to know more about the new study experience.

This year's Open Day also saw novel happenings such as NUSQuest. Participants had to download the NUS Quest application to complete tasks and discover UTown at the same time. The coveted first prize was a MacBook Air sponsored by the NUS Coop.

Those keen to venture beyond UTown had the choice of touring the University Cultural Centre, Central Library, Eusoff Hall of Residence, School of Design and Environment, Business School and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Students and parents got a better understanding of the interesting highlights and activities of the various venues.

Beyond the Kent Ridge Campus, visitors also took the opportunity to check out the NUS Faculty of Law at the historical Bukit Timah campus next to the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens. Mock trials were conducted to provide the audience with a perspective of courtroom proceedings.

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