SMA Graduate Programmes 1999-2000 Information 1 Introduction Admission Procedures Degree Information Structure Scholarships and Living Cost The Campus Student Life Climate and Living Conditions Information for International Students Helpful Hints Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) National University of Singapore 10 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore 119260 Homepage address Telephone no. Fax no. E-mail address : (65) 874 4474 : (65) 775 2920 : firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.eng.nus.edu.sg/SMA Introduction The Singapore-MIT Alliance was established in November 1998 between the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to promote a collaborative effort in implementing a new paradigm of global interaction in research and education. Through this effort, the Universities are desirous of setting up a world-class centre for graduate education and research in engineering, including its interface with business and industry. The two programmes that will commence in July 1999 are : (1) Advanced Materials (2) High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems. Both of these programmes are hosted by the NUS. These programmes are selected for their relevance in promoting and supporting the growth of high-tech industries in Singapore and the region as well as for their international importance. The SMA programmes also aim to educate potential leaders of industry supporting the knowledge-based economy of Singapore. Each programme will admit students for two categories of graduate studies. They are the : (1) Professional Master's Degree (S.M.) (2) Master of Engineering (M.Eng) and Ph.D. Approximately 35 graduate students will be enrolled per programme in the Professional Master's Degree study by coursework and about another 24 students for the M.Eng and Ph.D. degree by research and course work . All students admitted to both categories of graduate studies will be awarded scholarships. Both programmes will be conducted at the host institution, viz. the National University of Singapore campus with two weeks of intensive classes (Immersion Programme) held at MIT. Both the research and coursework supervision will be jointly conducted by the academic staff of the host institution and MIT. The state-of-the-art IT and communications technology will be used extensively to supplement the face-to-face interactions in teaching and research with MIT Faculty. The Alliance students will experience first hand the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit associated with MIT. Admission Procedures Requirements A graduate student admitted under the SMA Programmes may be registered for either the (1) Professional Master's Degree (S.M.) by coursework or (2) M.Eng or Ph.D. by research and coursework. SMA Programmes accept only full-time students. A M.Eng. or Ph.D. graduate student may concurrently hold an appointment as a laboratory instructor or teaching assistant. To be admitted as a graduate student, an applicant must have earned a bachelor degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of evaluation from individuals familiar with their capabilities, and any other pertinent data they submit. While high academic achievement does not guarantee admission, SMA expects such achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional promise. Candidates who are unsuccessful in obtaining admission to the SMA Programmes may be considered for Graduate studies at the Faculty of Engineering of the NUS, provided they concurrently submit applications to the Graduate School of Engineering (GSE). Specific admission requirements to the Graduate School of Engineering vary by department. Please consult the accompanying Application Booklet for the requirements of individual departments. Students can contact the SMA Office to request for the Application Package. Successful applicants for the SMA Programmes are required to accept the offer by returning the signed Acceptance Form to the SMA Office. Degree Information Degrees Offered Degrees for the Professional Master‟s in (1) Advanced Materials (Adv. Mat.) and (2) High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems (HPCES) will be conferred by NUS which hosts both the programmes. NUS grants the following degrees: Master of Science, S.M.(Adv.Mat.) Master of Science, S.M.(HPCES) The following degrees, obtained by research and coursework Master of Engineering, M.Eng Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. are conferred by NUS and NTU depending on the University where the candidate‟s main supervisor comes from. All successful graduates, in addition to receiving the degree awarded by NUS or NTU as described above, will receive a SMA Certificate for the completion of courses conducted jointly with MIT . The two-week Immersion Programme is part of the minimum residency requirements which are as follows: Degree Semesters Required Structure SMA Affiliation All graduate students admitted to the SMA Programmes are entitled to the facilities available at the host institution where the programme is conducted, viz. either at NUS or NTU, and enjoy the same rights as would students registered with either University. The academic programmes and rules governing award of degrees are however distinct from those of other academic departments in either University. A student is awarded a degree only upon the recommendation of the Governing Board of SMA. Academic matters concerning SMA are to be referred to the SMA Office. Ph.D. M.Eng S.M. 1 6 4 2 Thesis All degree requirements for Ph.D. and M.Eng include completion of an acceptable thesis prepared in residence at its host institution, viz. either NUS or NTU, with a period spent at MIT unless special permission is granted for part of the thesis work to be accomplished elsewhere. Professional Master‟s students are required to submit a research or industry project report. Interdepartmental Programmes A SMA graduate student may select electives from other programmes offered by SMA. Students are also allowed to select electives offered by other academic departments of NUS or NTU. However, this is subject to approval by the Governing Board of SMA. General Requirements The Professional Master‟s Degree generally requires one calendar year of study, the Master of Engineering Degree a minimum of one and half years and the Doctoral Degree three or more years beyond a bachelor‟s degree in a relevant field. Doctoral Degrees A Doctoral Degree requires the satisfactory completion of an approved programme of advanced study and original research of high quality. Admission to SMA for the Master‟s Degree does not necessarily imply an automatic commitment by SMA beyond that level of study. Residency All SMA Graduate Degree programmes have residency requirements, which reflect academic semesters. There are two semesters in a year. All SMA students are required to spend a twoweek Immersion Programme at MIT. The SMA Office will undertake the travel and accommodation arrangements and payment for the period of time at MIT. The SMA Office will apply for the U.S. visas for students who are Singapore residents and permanent residents on their behalf. International students would however have to apply for this visa in the country of origin. For details please refer to the section on „Information for International Students'. Course Co-ordinators Assoc. Prof. W.K. Choi – Advanced Materials Programme. e-mail : email@example.com [T : (65) 874 6473] Assoc. Prof. L.W. Li – High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems Programme e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org [T : (65) 874 6658] If you have enquiries on the two programmes, please contact the respective course co-ordinator. Scholarships and Living Cost Scholarships All candidates admitted to any one of the programmes offered by SMA will be awarded scholarships. The scholarship will carry monthly emoluments of S$1,400. Top-up grants will be available for the M.Eng and Ph.D. programmes. This amount is normally sufficient to cover the accommodation and living expenses. The tuition fee for all the SMA Programmes is waived. The SMA Office will undertake the arrangements and pay for the travel cost (including the travel insurance) and additional expenses for accommodation and living cost at MIT above that normally incurred in Singapore for students to attend the Immersion Programme at MIT. Please note that international students will have to make their own arrangements and pay for their round-trip travel cost to Singapore upon admission. Married Students The scholarship offered is sufficient only for the student‟s expenses. A married student accompanied by a spouse has to make arrangements to have sufficient means of financial support. Students should not bring their families to Singapore until they have secured suitable accommodation. Living Cost The table below provides an estimate of monthly/yearly additional expenses that a student would incur. Expenditure ( Per Month) Off-campus housing Rented Room (Single) Rented room (Double) Food (off-campus hawker stalls/ university canteens) Books (including photocopying) Transport Bus fare Incidental expenses toiletries, laundry, recreation, hairdressing etc. Medical Insurance # (mandatory) Sports & recreation fee # Estimated amount in S$ 300-350 250-300 300-350 100 - 200 Additional Financial Aid In addition to the scholarships, SMA students may be appointed as laboratory instructors or teaching assistants. They are, however, not allowed to hold additional employment on or off-campus. 100 200 & above Laboratory Instructors/ Teaching Assistants Appointments as laboratory instructors or teaching assistants are made only to M.Eng and Ph.D. students upon recommendation of the thesis supervisor. A student who wishes to be considered for appointment as a laboratory instructor should complete a form to be submitted to the prospective academic department where the laboratory is located. Those interested to join, as teaching assistants should submit the application form to the SMA Office. Such requests from new students will be considered only after he/she has completed a term of work under the SMA Programme. 120 per annum 24.72 per annum (inclusive of 3% GST) Contingency 100 # Students must apply using prescribed forms before submitting it to the Registrar's Office. The Campus A vibrant social and cultural scene on campus complements the atmosphere of serious study in the lecture halls. Students can develop their appreciation for the arts or pursue their own special interests in several ways. The 26,000 staff and students are also able to access Singapore ONE, the national broadband width network of interactive, multimedia applications and services. NUS is the first university in the region to issue all staff and students with a personalised cash card which provides access to facilities such as laboratories and to services such as library loans, photocopying and booking of sports facilities. Computer Centre The Computer Centre is involved in the development of a computer-intensive environment on campus and provides a comprehensive computing networking infrastructure to support the teaching and research functions in the University. More than 4,500 workstations are strategically distributed throughout the campus. They are linked by a fibre-based campus net known as NUSNET, which is one of the largest and fastest campus-wide networks in the world. The network is also connected to the Internet, which links the University to more than 60,000 academic and research networks and over 30 million users. The University has facilities including the Silicon Graphic origin Supercomputer, which serves as an effective research tool for researchers. Teaching Facilities Classes will be conducted at the lecture theatres, seminar rooms and distance learning clusters available at NUS and NTU. Classes that are conducted by SMA Fellows appointed from amongst the staff of NUS and NTU or from MIT when they are resident in Singapore will be during the day. However, for classes that are conducted by SMA Fellows appointed from MIT while at MIT, will be conducted with the state-of-the-art distance learning technology This will be during the early morning or mid-evening hours to coincide with the appropriate time difference between MIT and Singapore. The campus facilities at both NUS and NTU will be accessible to SMA students. Library facilities The Library System is made up of 6 libraries and boasts a total collection of over 1.97 million books and bound periodicals, 43,020 reels of microfilms, 297,810 microfiches, 12,500 audiovisual programmes and 156 CD-ROM databases. The library is fully-computerised and has the reputation of being one of the best in the region. Accommodation Accommodation will be arranged through the SMA Office, which will help students with the housing search. Wherever possible, SMA will arrange for on-campus accommodation. Otherwise, off-campus accommodation will be secured. Research Facilities Research will be conducted at the academic departments, Research Centres and Research Institutes where the SMA Fellows are affiliated. The research facilities belonging to NUS or NTU are generally available to all SMA students, regardless of specific degree programme, who have legitimate academic needs to use them. Health and Counselling Services The University provides on-campus medical services for outpatient treatment at a nominal fee. It is mandatory for every student to enrol in the medical & personal accident (MPA) insurance scheme unless they can provide proof that they have an equivalent coverage through another medical & personal accident insurance programme. The university offers many sources of academic and personal counselling, including faculty fellows and international student advisors. Student Life Centre for the Arts Student are encouraged to join the 18 music, dance and theatre groups under the wing of the Centre for the Arts which seeks to promote an appreciation of the major cultural streams in Singapore – Chinese, Malay, Indian as well as Western. One of its programmes, the NUS Campus Concerts, won the Commonwealth Youth Award for 1992. The Centre also organises conferences and seminars and has a publishing arm. New facilities being added to the facility include dance studios, soundproof music rooms and a pottery-cum-sculpture area with a firing kiln. Other Activities Students can develop their interests in a variety of areas through some 78 student organisations. The major organisations are the eight facultybased clubs and the Political Association, the Sports Club and the Cultural Activities and Community Services Club. Campus Services Foreign Student Advisory Service which helps international students with the application for a Student Pass and orientation to life in Singapore. Student Counselling Service which counsels students on personal, emotional or academic problems. It conducts regular courses in study methods and stress control. Careers & Employment Service which disseminates information about graduate, vacation and part-time employment. It organises annual Recruitment Fair and recruitment talks given by prospective employers. University Health Service which provides medical and surgical care as well as health education. An internal shuttle bus services operates from 7.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. on weekdays and 7.30 am to 2.00 p.m. on Saturdays. Museums The NUS university has three museums, the Lee Kong Chian Art Museum comprising priceless Chinese objects, the South-east Asian Art Collection and the Ng Eng Teng Gallery which showcases some of the best sculptures of Singapore‟s finest sculptor. University Hall Complex A cultural hub for the campus, the University Hall Complex, is under construction. When completed, it will house a 1,800-seat hall, a 450-seat theatre and a two-storey museum annex. Sports & Recreation Centre The outdoor and indoor facilities range from an Olympic-sized swimming pool and an eight-lane running track to a rock climbing wall and a 25-station gymnasium. They allow students to take up a variety of popular sports from badminton to soccer and from sepak takraw to the martial arts. Students participate in national sporting events as well as international student competitions, notably the Universiade (World University Games) and the Asean University Games. Climate & Living Conditions Situated almost on the Equator, Singapore enjoys year-round sunshine and temperatures that never fall below 22C. Short, heavy downpours and the occasional deluge are a blessing rather than a nuisance as they refresh the hot and humid atmosphere. Refuge from the heat is easily available, as most public buildings and public transport are air-conditioned, as are all offices, lecture theatres, laboratories and libraries in the Universities. The Universities are well connected with the rest of the island. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the main business and shopping areas by bus or by the very efficient MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system. Thanks to Singapore‟s multi-cultural background, Chinese, Malay and Indian food are staples found in every corner of the island. The cuisine of a hundred other lands are at hand, attesting to the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore as well as to the “national pastime” of Singaporeans: their passion for good food. Information for International Students English Language Proficiency English is the language of instruction in all subjects within the SMA and at NUS/NTU, and all papers and thesis must be written in English. All applicants, whose first language is not English, must present evidence of their ability to carry on their studies in English by sitting for TOEFL and GRE/GATE tests. The SMA expects a minimum TOEFL score of 577. The following category of students may be eligible for a waiver of the TOEFL and GRE/GATE requirement by sending a written request to SMA: a. b. c. those who have received instruction in English in their primary and secondary schools. those who have been in an English speaking country for four years or longer. those who have received a degree from an American, British, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand institution. those who have received a degree from NUS or NTU. d. Passport and Visas To enter Singapore and the U.S., each international student admitted to the SMA Programmes needs a valid passport issued by his or her government. The Singapore Immigration Department will usually issue social visit passes, that are valid for two weeks to one month to international students upon their arrival in Singapore. However, for students from countries which require a visa to enter Singapore, the SMA office will apply for the entry visa and send it to the student concerned to enable him or her to come to Singapore. The SMA Office will apply for the U.S. visa on behalf of every admitted student once the student registers with SMA. Upon registration, the international students must apply for a Student Pass (after obtaining their student status letter) by going personally to the Singapore Immigration Department. Tourist Attractions Beyond campus, the international student will find many sights and sounds to charm him. A walk down the more picturesque quarters of Singapore such as Little India or Chinatown is a delight in itself. For those who love the sun, sand and sea, there are beaches along the East Coast and on Sentosa island, a resort near the city. Other attractions include: Haw Par Villa, a Chinese mythological theme park Underwater World, the largest tropical oceanarium in Asia Jurong Bird Park which has the largest walk-in-aviary and tallest man-made waterfalls in the world Tang Dynasty City, a re-creation of the Chinese city of Chang An at its zenith Helpful Hints Orientation Slide Presentation A video tape entitled "Orientation Tour of the Campus" is available for viewing at the Media Resources Department of the Central Library. Central Library Collect a copy of the NUS Library Guide. It is also available at http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/guidcont.html. The Central Library caters to the Arts/Social Sciences, Architecture, Building and Engineering students. Contact : Tel : (65) 874 2034 Central Library Opening Hours : During semester During long vacation : Mon-Sat Sun/Public Holidays : Mon-Fri Sat Sun/Public Holidays 8.00 am - 10.00 pm 9.30 am - 4.30 pm 8.30 am - 7.00 pm 8.30 am - 5.00 pm Closed Lockers Full-time graduate students may ballot for the use of lockers at S$10.30 per year, for their entire course. To apply, access NUS Webpage at http://www.nus.edu.sg and select "NUS Online". Go to "Student Intranet Services and Resources" and select "Application for Lockers". Complete the form and select "continue" to submit. For lockers at the Sports & Recreation Centre (SRC), apply through the SRC Office. Typing services A list of typists for thesis and project reports is available at the Office of Student Affairs. General Information Students are advised to read notices posted on notice boards for their general information.