The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted a delegation from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Sept. 21 to 24, 2014. The visit strengthened the 12 year partnership between the two institutions, which began in 2003. Four hundred UNC students have been able to study in Singapore as a result of this partnership, and UNC has hosted 200 students from NUS.
“We deeply appreciate the time and commitment our NUS colleagues have made in visiting UNC each year to spend several days with us, strengthening this valued partnership that has continued to yield unique opportunities for students interested in completing their education on a global platform,” says Ronald Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer for UNC.
Through the UNC-NUS Joint Degree Program, undergraduate students from the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) can spend two to four semesters studying at the partner university and receive a bachelor’s degree from both institutions. Currently, the program is open to students majoring in biology, economics, English, history, geography and political science.
Since the UNC-NUS partnership began, student exchanges have flourished between the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Honors Carolina and School of Dentistry, and the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, School of Computing, University Scholars Programme, Business School and Faculty of Dentistry. Students can also participate in a science summer lab exchange that allows them to gain research experience.
The NUS delegation included Paulin Straughan, vice dean of international relations and special duties, and Robbie Goh, vice dean of Undergraduate Studies. Straughan and Goh met with UNC administrators to discuss current partnership initiatives and explore possible areas for growth. In addition to reviewing current student exchanges with the Study Abroad Office, Straughan and Goh met with UNC’s departmental representatives for the joint degree program and explored additional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student engagement and faculty collaborations.