The Yale-NUS College held its inauguration ceremony on Tuesday morning to welcome its first cohort of 155 students.
Classes at the university - a tie-up between the American Ivy League institution Yale and the National University of Singapore (NUS) - started two weeks ago.
To mark the occasion, both parent institutions presented to Yale-NUS College a set of 50 books each, some of which are authored by the schools' alumni.
The ceremony at NUS University Cultural Centre was officiated by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is also NUS chancellor.
In his speech at the ceremony, Yale-NUS president Pericles Lewis said: "We are educating citizens of the world, people who will have a broad familiarity with the great achievements of human art and science and will feel that their responsibilities extend not only to their local communities but also to the betterment of humanity at large."
Yale-NUS has promised a broad-based education merging East and West.
Students at the NUS University Town campus will take common courses in the first two years and focus on a major in the third. They can choose from 14, like urban studies, life sciences and economics.