Top Universities In Singapore

The following is a list of top universities in Singapore. The list comprises of local and foreign universities that are highly ranked and internationally recognised.

Local Universities

National University of Singapore, NUS

NUS is widely regarded as the top university in Singapore; it is also the largest and oldest institute for higher learning. NUS has the most influential group of alumni comprising of local politicians - Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, President Tony Tan, and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. The university and its academic programs have been highly rated by academic bodies and business publications, like British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Financial Times and Forbes. Visit their website here.


Nanyang Technological University

NTU is a highly ranked public university; the university sets itself apart with its focus on research. Like NUS, NTU is recognised internationally, and rated by reputable bodies like Times Higher Education magazine, Economist Intelligence Unit and British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The university is home to quite a number of decorated academics and researchers, like Vijay Sethi (Business Professor of the Year, Economist Intelligence Unit), and Rudolph A. Marcus (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry). Visit their website here.


Singapore Management University

SMU is the first and only local university dedicated to business and management. The university is well-known for its American-style business education; the university has affiliations with Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Carnegie Mellon University. The school's business and accounting undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are accredited by AACSB International, and its business school, Lee Kong Chian School of Business is accredited by EQUIS. Visit their website here.


Yale-NUS College

Yale-NUS College is a liberal arts college in Singapore; it's the first of its kind in Singapore, and one of the few in Asia. Yale is the first US Ivy League school to establish a college bearing its name in Asia. Students will be able to choose from 14 majors, including Anthropology, Arts & Humanities, and Economics. Yale-NUS graduates who want to pursue post-graduate education will enjoy special consideration from Yale School of Management (for their MBA program) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (for their Doctor of Medicine and PhD programs). Visit their website here.


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Foreign Universities

INSEAD Asia Campus

INSEAD is one of the top graduate business school in the world; they're highly recognised for their business degree programs which include MBA, Executive MBA, Master in Finance, and PhD in Management. INSEAD's Asian campus is situated in Singapore; it's considered one of the top business schools locally and in Southeast Asia region. INSEAD has a considerable number of influential alumni, comprising of C-level executives in MNCs like Louis Vuitton, Unilever, Prudential and BP. INSEAD and its programs are highly ranked by reputable business publications like Bloomberg, Businessweek, Forbes, and Financial Times. Visit their website here.


University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Singapore Campus

Students will be able to enrol in an Executive MBA program at Chicago Booth's Singapore campus. Chicago Booth is a highly ranked business school; its MBA program is ranked in the top 10 by business and finance publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes,  and Financial Times. Chicago Booth has quite a number of C-level executive alumni in the banking and financial sector; they also have alumni in well known MNCs like Gillette Company, Chevron Corporation and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The CEO at Microsoft, Satya Nadella, was also from Chicago Booth. Visit their website here.


ESSEC Business School, Asia Pacific Campus

ESSEC Business School is an internationally recognised business school headquartered in France; they have an Asian campus situated in Singapore. The school's programs are highly ranked by Financial Times, and they're the first business school (outside of North America) to be accredited by AACSB. In Singapore, students will be able to enrol in the following programs - EMBA, MSc in Business Analytics & Consultation, and MSc in Manage of Health Industries. Some of the notable alumni from ESSEC include CEOs of big brands like Coca Cola, Pepsico, Adidas and L'Oreal. Visit their website here.
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