NTU partners Imperial College to draw engineers
Students will spend a year at leading UK university under elite programme
For years, A-level students who did well in mathematics and science would shun engineering and opt instead for medicine, business or finance, because of the lucrative careers these offered.
This year, however, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) may have made a start in reversing the trend: It has managed to attract 50 top A-level students to engineering through its elite Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP), launched in 2011.
Now, NTU is adding to the appeal by signing one of the world's leading engineering schools - the Imperial College of London - as an REP partner, with top-ranked University of California, Berkeley, already on the list.
Part of the draw of the REP, which combines the study of engineering with business and liberal arts, is that students get to spend a year at one of the partner universities before they take up internships at start-ups and companies abroad.