NUS to expand residential college living to other residences outside UTown

The National University of Singapore (NUS) will expand residential college living to other residences on campus, following the success of the system at the University Town (in picture), said NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan on Oct 11, 2013. -- ST FILE P
The National University of Singapore (NUS) will expand residential college living to other residences on campus, following the success of the system at the University Town (in picture), said NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan on Oct 11, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG  

The National University of Singapore (NUS) will expand residential college living to other residences on campus, following the success of the system at the University Town, said NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan on Friday morning.

By 2016, the university will also have "hubs" across its main campus, similar to the interaction and learning spaces at UTown. Such spaces can "spark new ideas and collaborations, and enhance experiential learning," he said during his annual state of the university address. The first such hub will be sited at the faculty of arts and social sciences.

Starting next year, the existing Ridge View Residences will offer similar programmes to the UTown residential colleges like inviting guest speakers.

The Ridge View Residential College, as it will be known, will house 700 students from different faculties, who will take three multi-disciplinary modules in the college. In his hour-long speech, Prof Tan also outlined the efforts in education and research his university will take in the years ahead, including setting aside $1 million for a fund that supports student-led community projects.