Back to school for alumni

08 May 2017 | Education
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As part of a three-year lifelong learning initiative, NUS alumni can look forward to a range of interesting modules by the University from August

NUS alumni can look forward to a smorgasbord of interesting modules offered by the University as part of a three-year lifelong learning initiative for alumni, beginning this August with some 140 modules from eight schools.

The schools offering the modules are NUS Arts and Social Sciences, NUS Business School, NUS Computing, NUS Design and Environment, NUS Engineering, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Science and the School for Continuing and Lifelong Education. The modules range from undergraduate to postgraduate levels, with the latter constituting the bulk of the modules.

Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, said, “We are excited to welcome our alumni back to school, as we continue our efforts to support the national SkillsFuture movement, and make lifelong learning a critical part of our DNA.

“With the rapidly changing world, our graduates have to learn and adapt as they develop their careers, and in tandem with that, our mental construct of a university education has to change. NUS hopes to further engage our extensive network of 278,000 alumni by providing new and progressive courses and programmes, to continually enhance the capabilities and competencies of our students and graduates. Our initiative is an encouragement for our alumni, new and old, to start adopting this lifelong learning mindset.”

The initiative will kick off with a one-year pilot from 1 August 2017 to 30 July 2018, during which NUS alumni can take up the modules at no cost. In the subsequent two years, course fees — ranging from about $3,000 to $3,500 per module — will be waived, with only a Student Services Fee of $261.85 payable per semester. NUS alumni can take up to two modules during the three-year period, limited to one module per semester to expand learning opportunities for more NUS alumni.

NUS hopes to further engage our extensive network of 278,000 alumni by providing new and progressive courses and programmes, to continually enhance the capabilities and competencies of our students and graduates.

The modules will be conducted during term time, and alumni will study alongside current NUS students. Current NUS students will continue to enjoy priority for course modules, with up to only 10 per cent per class set aside for alumni. 

Interested NUS alumni can browse the course catalogue and apply online at http://scale.nus.edu.sg/programmes/AlumniLifelongLearning.html. Applications close on 31 May 2017.

See press release and media coverage.