National University
of Singapore


NUS started out as a modest medical school in 1905, founded by a determined group of businessmen led by Tan Jiak Kim, to serve the needs of the local community. Today, we are Singapore’s flagship university consistently ranked first in Asia and among the leading universities in the world.

The Division of Industrial Design (DID) is the first university-level department in Singapore to offer B.A., M.A. and Ph.D programmes in Industrial DesignWith 135 projects from 51 of the leading universities in 30.

Students are taught a potent combination of design thinking and innovation methods, with a clever mix of artistic, humanistic, technological and business disciplines.

Students, staff and alumni have garnered many prestigious awards, including the ACM CHI 2015 Student Game Competition, Stanford Longevity Technology Prize, Red Dot Concept Luminary Award, iF Concept Award, Braun Prize and Dyson Award. Our academic programme, under the subject of Art and Design, is ranked 38th globally and 4th in Asia by the most recent QS University Rankings by Subject 2015.

NUS is ranked among Asia’s top two universities in both the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2018. According to the latest 2018 QS World University Rankings, NUS is placed 15th in the world and 2nd in Asia, surpassed by rival Nanyang Technological University.[4] Alternatively, the ARWU ranking system published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy that measures universities academic achievements and research performance places NUS 83rd worldwide.