The new building of NTU’s School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) was opened officially by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, Singapore, on 21 July 2009.
The new SPMS complex is an indication of the University’s commitment to excellence in education and research. The SPMS complex provides an environment conducive for intellectual pursuits which help to attract and retain the very best global talent: faculty, researchers and students.
The cluster of three interconnected buildings, totalling 38,000 square meters, house the Divisions of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics & Applied Physics. The design of the buildings is in line with our philosophy of advancing multidisciplinary collaborations while promoting excellence in our core areas.
The Chemistry & Biological Chemistry building is modelled after the new Oxford Chemistry building, reputed to have the best safety features by industry standards in the western world. The building is well-equipped for interdisciplinary research with emphasis on synthesis, molecular design, catalysis, biological chemistry, interfacial science and new materials. The building houses cutting edge equipment including state-of-the-art nuclear magnetic resonance instruments and mass spectrometers.
A special feature of the Mathematical Sciences building is the well-placed interactive meeting spaces that are known to provide the best environment for learning and research by facilitating faculty-faculty, faculty-student, and student-student discussion on mathematics and statistics problems. Unlike traditional mathematics departments, we have incorporated modern laboratories and computing facilities to do cutting-edge teaching and research on modern multidisciplinary application areas in bioinformatics, biocomputing, finance, digital media, etc.
The Physics and Applied Physics building has many laboratories for the training of a new breed of graduates with strong fundamental understanding of science and the ability of putting together the technology built on scientific principles. The building and faculty members provide an environment for learning the core principles of physics, as well as for students to acquire mechanical, electronic, software, engineering and design skills, laboratory teamwork, and resource management for success in large-scale projects.
Established in 2005, SPMS provides students with excellent preparation for further studies and fulfilling careers, through its innovative and relevant B.Sc.(Hons) programmes in Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics & Economics, Physics & Applied Physics. It also offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in chemistry, mathematical sciences and physics.
Our pioneer batch of undergraduates completed their studies and proudly received their degree scrolls in July 2009. A number of graduates from our undergraduate programmes have gone to graduate studies and research at top institutions around the world including Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, Technical University of Munich, and London School of Economics. Their achievements bear testimony to the high quality of education that NTU has given them.
About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last three years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.