NUS Open Day 2014
More than 21,000 prospective students, friends and their families visited the NUS University Town (UTown) on 15 March 2014 for NUS Open Day. The visitors soaked up the carnival-like atmosphere as they made their way through the plethora of activities lined up by the faculties and student groups. The 16 exhibition booths representing NUS’ academic programmes were the main attractions for the students and parents who were eager to know more about the different courses offered.
Prospective students with families and friends at the FASS booth
Political Science PhD candidate, Hamoon, waiting to interact with visitors
The faculty talks were also very well-received as the speakers spoke candidly about the the programmes and courses their faculties offer. FASS Dean Prof Brenda Yeoh and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies Prof Robbie Goh talked to the students about the flexibility of the FASS curriculum and the wide range of choices in terms of courses and overseas study programmes available to them.
Full auditorium during one of the FASS admission talks
Armed with curiosity and keen interest, many made their way to the FASS exhibition booth at Stephen Riady Centre’s Hall 2 where professors and current students from the 17 departments fielded questions. The booth provided information on the various majors and special programmes that the Faculty offers. One of the key highlight showcased was the FASStrack Asia Programme where students will be attending classes held in a dynamic and multi-cultural learning environment with NUS and international students from various universities from all over the world.
Other than the FASS admission talks and exhibition booth, visitors could also find out more via the different fringe talks available. These included the Multidisciplinary Programmes at FASS, Special Degree Programmes with Other Universities and RNSMen talks.
FASS Dean, Prof Brenda Yeoh, greeting the visitors with a warm smile
The campuses and residential college tours were a big draw for the visitors. Many grabbed the chance to get a sneak peek of the residential colleges and to explore the different campuses. The campus tours consisted of two routes; one covered the Central Library, School of Design and Environment (SDE), and the University Cultural Centre, while the other led people to Business School and Sheares Hall. Shuttle services were also available for those who wanted to visit the Law School at the Bukit Timah Campus.
Amidst the seriousness of academic matters, the sights and sounds galore served by the different student groups provided a lively scene at UTown. While some were mesmerised by the break dance crews and various choir ensembles, others were drawn to the first ever NUS Student Union (NUSSU) Band Challenge. Things then took a captivating turn when a flash mob comprising students from the Raffles Hall appeared.
From academic talks to candy floss, ice cream, flash mobs and choir – there was something for everyone at NUS Open Day 2014.