Now, NTU is adding to the appeal by signing one of the world's leading engineering schools - the Imperial College of London - as an REP partner, with top-ranked University of California, Berkeley, already on the list.
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Here is the press release from NTU in full:
Top engineering students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) can now get to study at the famed Imperial College London in UK for a year, and go on a coveted internship in renowned UK and European companies.
NTU today announced that Imperial College London is the University's second partner after the University of California, Berkeley, in its premier Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP).
Under this programme, students spend one year at a partner university and take up their internship overseas. With this latest NTU-Imperial College partnership, REP students get to choose from two world-class universities.
The inaugural batch of REP students is now at the University of California, Berkeley, a top-ranked American state university. The second cohort of REP students will get to choose to go to either Imperial College or UC Berkeley in July next year.
NTU Provost, Professor Freddy Boey said that as the world grows more connected, having global exposure and promoting cross-cultural exchange are key so that graduates can have international mobility in their careers and be able to take on leadership positions in multinational organisations.
"We believe in training our brightest minds to be leaders and engineers of the highest calibre, with not just in-depth knowledge in a specific field, but also a huge breath of knowledge that will enable them to lead interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems faced by the world today.
"One of the ways we can do this is to by sending our top students overseas, to be exposed to and inspired by other brilliant minds from different cultures, nationalities and disciplines," he added.
This tie-up comes after NTU's joint medical school collaboration with Imperial College London.
Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Provost (Education) at Imperial said: "Imperial and NTU are natural partners. NTU already hosts Imperial's most important international collaboration, LKCMedicine, and the potential for further connections in engineering education is really exciting."
"Imperial is honoured to join such a prestigious scheme. NTU's Renaissance Engineering programme will only strengthen Imperial's already world-class student body in engineering."
Professor Boey added: "We are very pleased to continue strengthening NTU's strong relationship with Imperial through this tie-up, which will bring a new dimension to the learning of our students with Imperial's excellent curriculum and their vast and illustrious network of alumni worldwide."
An opportunity to study engineering at Imperial is much coveted, which sees nine applicants for every place they have in their annual intake of 1000 engineering undergraduates.