NTU gives out record number of scholarships due to 'overwhelming' demand

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has given out a record 396 scholarships to freshmen this year, due to "overwhelming" demand. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has given out a record 396 scholarships to freshmen this year, due to "overwhelming" demand. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has given out a record 396 scholarships to freshmen this year, due to "overwhelming" demand.

They were awarded either the Nanyang Scholarship or admitted into one of its four premier scholars' programmes on Friday.

Last year 271 scholarships were given out and NTU said the increase was down to more students with at least four As enrolling and applying for scholarships.

University president Bertil Andersson said: "NTU achieved a fantastic 83 per cent record increase in top A-level students enrolling to the university, compared to 2011."

The university declined to reveal more specific figures but Prof Anderson added: "In particular, we received an overwhelming response for the University Scholars Programme (USP), so we decided to raise our intake from 50 students to more than 80 to accommodate the high demand."

The four premier scholars programmes are the USP, the research-oriented CN Yang Scholars programme, the dual-degree Renaissance Engineering Programme and the NTU-National Institute of Education (NIE) Teaching Scholars Programme, which is being introduced this year.

Under this programme, future teachers can pursue a multi-disciplinary curriculum that gives them opportunities to participate in conferences and teaching stints abroad.

Teaching scholar Habibah Najihahbi Ahmad, 20 - a national track athlete who plans to specialise in physical education - said: "Finland has one of the best education systems in the world. If we could visit, it would give us first hand experience and allow us to translate it in classes here.

"I hope to be able to motivate students to be great sportsmen in the future."