Message from the Dean

Professor Tan Kian Lee

Dean, School of Computing
Tan Sri Runme Shaw Senior Professor

Welcome to NUS School of Computing!

More than ever, digitalisation has become an integral part of our lives today, shaping the way we study, work, live and play. Here at NUS School of Computing, we are constantly enhancing our programmes and introducing new initiatives as we prepare our students – undergraduate, graduate and adult learners – adequately for the digital age and the new economy.

Five decades ago, we began as a small Computer Centre offering programming courses to selected students, but have grown into a full-fledged School in 1998. For over 25 years, NUS School of Computing have many accolades to cheer about. We were the first to educate computing graduates, and are the largest source of top-notch computing professionals today. The School is notably acclaimed and our Computer Science programme has been ranked 6th globally and top in Asia1.

We are proud of how far the School has progressed over the years and as the new Dean of the School of Computing, I remain committed to further advance our aspirations in three key areas: Talent Development, Research and Entrepreneurship.

In 2022, we introduced rigorous programmes such as a new Common Curriculum, and new specialisations (Intelligent Systems Solutioning, Digital Project & Platform Management, Machine Learning-based Analytics) to equip our students with industry relevant competencies. We also provide high-quality continuing education and training to the workforce. To cultivate interest in societal welfare and community work among students, we have established the Centre for Computing for Social Good & Philanthropy. We will renew our philanthropic efforts collectively to bring about a greater impact in our community.

Our research and industry partners who continue to support the School through R&D collaborations, generous funding, and provision of internship opportunities and mentorship to our students are an invaluable resource. Many of our start-ups founded by school staff, students and alumni have gone on to raise venture capital and some were acquired by larger companies. We hope to increase our network of partners and deepen collaborations in areas that will benefit society and the world we live in.

I am confident that the School will continue to play a vital role in addressing the challenges of the 21st century. I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students and alumni to advance our academic and research distinction, enhance student life, and further expand our social responsibility to shape a better future.

1 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 by Subject