What is GEP?
Global Education for a Globalised World
The Global Engineering Programme (GEP) is an exclusive programme designed to attract the very best students to read any branch of engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Students with exceptional potential will be provided an accelerated pathway and enhanced educational experience that incorporates a strong global learning aspect. The objective is to align and nurture the particular strength of this select group of top engineering undergraduates to be engineer-leaders.
Key Features of GEP
Students are awarded a Bachelor of Engineering degree at NUS in the department programme of their choice after a 3 years accelerated programme. The GEP provides an accelerated pathway to pursue postgraduate degree in the 4th year.
Students are exempted from reading certain specific modules through Advanced Placement Credits. They can pursue self-study modules so that they can complete their Bachelor of Engineering within three years and go on to graduate studies in the 4th year.
Students are given the opportunity to spend at least one semester at an overseas partner university under the Student Exchange Programme. There will also be opportunities to participate in overseas summer programmes and community projects. The 4th year offers an opportunity to pursue graduate studies at an overseas University
GEP students may be provided full scholarships which has no bond attached for the duration of their undergraduate studies (ie. the first three years in NUS).
If necessary, support will be sought from external agencies to fund GEP students for their graduate studies overseas. Where applicable, upon completion of their graduate study, the GEP students may be required to serve for a short period as specified by the scholarship awarding agency.
Students will enjoy close supervision and mentoring by a select pool of Faculty staff, with one mentor assigned to each GEP scholar. The scholar shall meet the mentor regularly to discuss on any matters related to his/her study. The mentor shall also provide advice on matters related to enhancement programmes such as the University Research Opportunity Programme (UROP), Vacation Internship Programme and Student Exchange Programme which feature significantly in GEP.
Students will be given early exposure to research through specially-tailored Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programmes (UROP) within the Faculty, or research internships at a partner local or foreign institution, such as at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) – a programme under the National Research Foundation at the University Town.
Special seminars/talks will be arranged for GEP students to meet, interact and be enthused by top engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and renowned thinkers. Students are also encouraged to pursue summer programme to widen their knowledge, exposure and network.
Entry into GEP
The GEP will only admit students who have been interviewed and recommended by a panel of selected staff from the Faculty of Engineering at NUS.
Students who are interested to gain entry into the GEP must apply for the NUS scholarship. Shortlisted candidates for such scholarships will be invited to compete for entry into the programme.
Upon request, scholarship holders from other organizations may be considered for entry into the GEP, subject to meeting the shortlist and interview requirements.
Candidates who performed extremely well at the end of their first semester at NUS may be invited to an interview for admission into the GEP.
Returning National Serviceman (RNS) need to re-apply at the Office of Admissions for the GEP if they are interested. If you are eligible, you will be invited for an interview. In the meantime, RNS should hold on to his place in any programme offered until an offer of GEP is made to him.
The undergraduate phase of the GEP is of three year duration and hence students in this programme cannot be concurrently registered under the DDP and USP.
GEP scholars will need to complete the total number of MCs required as for normal stream students pursuing the same undergraduate programme in order to graduate.
GEP scholars, once selected, will take Advanced Placement Credit Tests to exempt them from specific modules. This is done prior to their matriculation in August. Those who passed H3 subjects conducted by NUS, NTU, SMU & A*STAR institutions may also be exempted from related modules. The list of Advance Placement Modules can be found here.
GEP scholars may study some modules independently, submit the necessary assignments and take an examination to gain a grade for the module. This is done in consultation with the mentor and with approval from his/her department.
GEP students shall apply for admission into the graduate programme at a partner university in Year 3, in consultation with their respective mentor.
NUS Engineering is working with various agencies (including A*STAR, DSTA, PUB, Keppel Corporation, etc) to offer full scholarships for the postgraduate phase. Students sponsored by these agencies during the postgraduate phase may be required to serve for a short bond as specified by the funding agency.
The mentor and the GEP committee will review progress and performance at the end of every semester. Those who fail to maintain a good CAP will first be given a warning. A student who subsequently fails to make the expected improvement may be asked to leave the programme. Such student will continue with the regular Bachelor of Engineering programme.
Scholarships & Awards
ST Engineering Limited awards annually the ST Engineering Prize to recognise the Overall Best Performer in GEP undergraduate studies. The selection criteria will include CAP and involvement in co-curricular activities. The winners shall be presented a cash prize valued at S$1,000. Award winners are selected in the following manner:
The Faculty/School/Department (as defined in Clauses 2 and 3, NUS Statute 3) can select a winner from the group of graduating GEP cohorts, who is an outstanding student having achieved academic excellence with excellent CCA participation throughout the year of studies.
The GEP committee with the concurrence of the Board of Examiners (BoE) shall select the winner based on cumulative average point (CAP) and CCA records.
The awards will be endorsed by the Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUS) on the recommendation of the Selection Committee (BoE) of the Faculty and Department.
No award shall be made if there is no candidate of sufficient merit.
This gift shall be governed by the University Statutes and Regulations, specifically NUS Statute 7 on Gifts to the University and the corresponding Regulation.