Local universities are generally funded by the government. Established universities like National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are internationally ranked as the 25th and 61st respectively in
The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) World Ranking in 2014.
The year 2012 Quacqurelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking shows that NUS ranked 22nd and NTU ranked 39th.The Singapore Management University (SMU) started in 2000 is an experiment in diversity. Unlike the traditional tertiary institutions, SMU is based on the American education model offering a broad-based education. The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is set up in 2009, in collaboration with MIT, USA, to advance knowledge and nurture future leaders and innovators to serve societal needs. SUTD provides a holistic education that focus on Design, through an integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum and research. It includes strong grounding in design, what we call Big ‘D’ Design, including process design, architectural design and systems design. Established in 2009, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is an initiative of the Ministry of Education offering undergraduate degree programmes primarily for polytechnic graduates. In partnership with various reputable overseas universities, SIT brings to Singapore some of the world's top industry-focused degree programmes target at the growth sectors of the economy. It provides additional government-subsidised university places and offers students greater choices in their university education. It adopts a distributed campus model where its degree programmes will be conducted in an SIT building within the grounds of each polytechnic. On the 31 March 2011, NUS and Yale University established the Yale-NUS College, Singapore's First Liberal Arts College. The College will provide a new model of liberal arts education for Asia that will prepare high potential students - from Singapore, the rest of Asia and beyond - for leadership and engaged citizenship in today's complex and rapidly changing world.
Admission to these local universities is highly competitive.
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