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At NUS, we strive to stay true to the ethos of our founding by creating value for the communities we serve. In this first impact report, we provide a narrative of NUS’ value creation over five years, from 2016 to 2020, elucidating the impact we bring to individuals, communities and our nation.

Our impact framework stems from our vision, which provides the foundation upon which three key pillars are built:

  • Future Talent
  • Future Solutions
  • Future Society

Within each pillar, we have defined specific impact areas with key indicators to measure our performance and progress. Each pillar is overlapping and interconnected. Our vision can only be achieved when all the elements of the framework work in concert, with the efforts and support of our stakeholders.

Underpinning our approach is a focus on sustainability, a commitment to community service, strong governance and leadership, and a culture of collaboration and partnership.

This impact framework serves as a guide for future value creation. We plan to drive continuous improvement in the way we create impact by using this framework as a scorecard to assess and report our progress.

  • Shaping Future Talent

    Impact areas that define our role in shaping a talented and resilient workforce

    • Developing future-ready talent

      Nurturing in students the skills and qualities to navigate a fast-changing world

    • Promoting a culture of lifelong learning

      Championing continuing education to ensure future readiness

    • Providing inclusive and accessible education

      Ensuring an all-encompassing learning environment that fosters equity, diversity and inclusion

    • Empowering our employees

      Building a diverse workforce and providing development opportunities for our employees

  • Shaping Future SOLUTIONS

    Impact areas that encapsulate our efforts in research, innovation and enterprise

    • Advancing knowledge and pioneering discoveries

      Pushing research boundaries through influential, interdisciplinary research that addresses real-world challenges

    • Deploying research for industry transformation

      Driving translational research and innovation through strategic partnerships and knowledge exchange with industry

    • Catalysing impactful enterprises

      Supporting talents on their entrepreneurial journey as they seek to meet the evolving needs of society

  • Shaping Future SOCIETY

    Impact areas that exemplify our service to communities locally and globally

    • Supporting public policy

      Shaping discourse on complex policy challenges through academic expertise and new research insights

    • Serving our local community

      Supporting the vulnerable and marginalised through community service programmes and partnerships

    • Contributing to international development

      Contributing our expertise and leveraging our resources to drive change and transform lives beyond Singapore

Data Collation and Analysis
  1. Depending on the type of data, three different reporting timeframes were used:
    • AY: Academic Year – A one-year study period, comprising two semesters and a special term (every August to July of the following year)
    • FY: Financial Year – A one-year fiscal year, typically used for financial accounting and budgeting (every April to March of the following year)
    • CY: Calendar Year – A one-year period from January to December
  2. Data collected is both quantitative and qualitative
  3. All data sources are from NUS, unless otherwise stated.