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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National University of Singapore have formally extended their partnership, now entering its second decade, with the recent signing to renew the Memorandum of Understanding between the universities. UNC-Chapel Hill’s key bilateral global partnerships, like the one with NUS, provide exchange opportunities for faculty and students and include other academic, research and scholarly collaborations.

A leading global university centered in Asia, the National University of Singapore is ranked second overall and first in social sciences among universities in Asia, according to the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The UNC-NUS partnership is one of Carolina’s six strategic partnerships, with longstanding and emerging collaborations across the University.

The partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and NUS originated in 2003 between the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Partnership development has been led at NUS by Lily Kong, vice provost (academic personnel) and former dean of FASS, and at UNC-Chapel Hill by Peter Coclanis, professor of history and director of the Global Research Institute, and Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in the College of Arts and Sciences. Coclanis has been deeply engaged with NUS for years. He spent Fall 2005 at NUS as the Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles Distinguished Professor in History.

Since 2003, student exchanges and relationships have flourished between the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Honors Carolina program and School of Dentistry, and the NUS FASS, Faculty of Science, School of Computing, University Scholars Programme, Business School and Faculty of Dentistry. Over 400 Carolina students have studied at NUS since 2004. Of these, over half participated in the Carolina Southeast Summer Program. UNC-Chapel Hill has hosted over 200 students from NUS on exchange. The universities also collaborate on an innovative undergraduate joint degree program established in 2007.

Read more on the UNC Global website.

Published October 1, 2014