Milestones

Milestones

OUR MILESTONES

OUR MILESTONES

Take a journey in time and discover our past and present achievements:

1950 - 1959

1955

Professional engineering education commenced at the then University of Malaya, at the Bukit Timah campus.

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1958

The Department of Engineering was elevated to full Faculty status when it was transferred to the Kuala Lumpur division of the University of Malaya.

The Singapore Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malaya, began to offer a four-year professional engineering diploma.
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1960 - 1969

1960

The two Governments indicated that the two divisions of the University of Malaya should autonomous separate national universities.

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1962

The University of Singapore was established.

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1968

The first batch of Singapore Polytechnic graduates received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Singapore.

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1969

The Faculty of Engineering (i.e. NUS Engineering) was constituted under the University of Singapore, and had three departments - Civil, Electrical and Mechanical. It was initially located in the same building as the Singapore Polytechnic at Prince Edward Road.

NUS Engineering started a two-year part-time Master of Science (Systems Engineering) course for engineers and scientists working in industry, government and statutory boards. The first eight graduates of this course were conferred their degree in 1971.
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1970 - 1979

1972

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering was established.

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1977

NUS Engineering moved to the new Kent Ridge Campus.

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1978

The Joint Campus between the University of Singapore and Nanyang University was established at Bukit Timah.

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1979

The Department of Chemical Engineering was transferred from the Faculty of Science to NUS Engineering.

Part-time Master of Science courses in Construction Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as Master of Engineering and Ph.D. research degrees were offered.
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1980 - 1989

1980

Following the earlier merge of the University of Singapore with Nanyang University, the National University of Singapore was established.

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1987

A method of employing seabed clay sandwiched between thin sand layers was applied to reclaim 40-hectares of land at Changi South Bay, thus reducing costs by a third, was developed by Professor Lee Seng-Lip.

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1988

The first NUS spinoff company, founded by Professor Jacob Phang, developed a scanning electron microscope image acquisition system used by semiconductor companies to detect faults in integrated circuits.

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1989

The Distinguished Alumni Engineering Award was instituted, with Alex Chan as the inaugural recipient.

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1990 - 1999

1990

The Postgraduate School of Engineering was established.

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1992

The Magnetics Technology Centre (MTC) was established by Professor Low Teck Seng, and it expanded to become the Data Storage Institute (DSI) in 1996.

The Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) was established. Through multiple mergers, CWC become the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in 2002.
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1994

The modular system was adopted by NUS Engineering.

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1995

The part-time Bachelor of Technology programme was launched.

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1997

The undergraduate programme in Computer Engineering was launched.

The undergraduate Environmental Engineering programme was launched.
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1998

The Department of Chemical Engineering was renamed the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

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2000 - 2009

2000

The Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering was renamed the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Department of Electrical Engineering was renamed the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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2001

The NUS Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) project took off with its first race car called HOPE 03.

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2002

The Division of Bioengineering was established.

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2003

The Environmental Science and Engineering Programme was established.

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2004

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering was renamed the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

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2005

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering was established when the Department of Materials Science was transferred from the Faculty of Science to NUS Engineering.

The Division of Environmental Science and Engineering was established to focus on Environmental Science and Engineering.
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2006

The Engineering Science Programme was launched.

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2007

The Division of Engineering and Technology Management was established.

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2009

The School of Computing’s Bachelor of Computing (Computer Engineering) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) merged to become a joint programme, which leads to a Bachelor of Computer Engineering.

The Design-Centric Curriculum (later renamed Innovation & Design-Centric Programme) and the Global Engineering Programme (GEP) were established.
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2010 - Present

2010

The Department of Civil Engineering and the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering merged to form the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Engineering Alumni Service Award, a new Alumni Award, was launched.
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2011

The Institute of Engineering Leadership was established.

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2012

The Advanced Robotics Centre was established.

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2013

The Department of Bioengineering was renamed the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The S$75m Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Teo Chee Hean. This is the first corporate laboratory to be established by a local company with a university in Singapore.
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2015

NUS Engineering deployed two satellites in space - Galassia and Kent Ridge 1.

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2016

Launch of Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory.

The S$60m Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Teo Chee Hean. This is the second corporate laboratory to be established by a local company with a university in Singapore.
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