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NUS to set up first residential college outside of UTown

Move part of varsity's plan to expand residential learning

Published on Mar 13, 2014 8:39 AM
NUS' Ridge View Residences - currently six blocks of dormitories - will be converted to the Ridge View Residential College in August. It will initially take in 200 students, most of whom will be freshmen. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Having students and professors living and learning under one roof has proven so successful that the National University of Singapore (NUS) is expanding the concept further this year.

It has four residential colleges taking this approach, and is adding another in August. The Ridge View Residences at its Kent Ridge campus - currently six blocks of dormitories - will be converted into one.

The addition of Ridge View Residential College, as it will be known, is part of NUS' plan to expand residential learning to the rest of its main campus outside University Town (UTown), where the existing residential colleges are. UTown opened just three years ago.

Unlike the university's six halls of residence, residential colleges are not just accommodation, but have compulsory multi-disciplinary courses for students on topics such as the pursuit of happiness, and out-of-classroom activities. A master and about five faculty members called residential fellows stay at each residential college with students.

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