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The National University of Singapore (NUS) was abuzz with activities on March 10, as its staff and students welcomed some 28,500 prospective students and their families to the annual NUS Open Day held at the NUS University Town (UTown) and the Bukit Timah Campus.
From insightful talks and special classes to fun-filled student activities and performances, UTown was a pulsing hub of activity.
A total of 104 talks were presented throughout the day by professors, staff and students on topics ranging from admissions requirements, course offerings, and international programmes.
NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua spoke at two lectures in which he gave students 10 reasons to join NUS.
The 29 programme booths bustled with visitors eager to find out more about NUS’ transformative education experience, including career preparation, overseas internship stints and residential life.
Staff from the School of Continuing and Lifelong Education and Institute of Systems Science were also on hand to explain the broad spectrum of programmes specially designed for adult learners.
Visitors gamely participated in "Student for a Day" Special Classes, where enthusiastic and knowledgeable NUS professors conduct lessons on interesting topics such as "The Study of Crime and Deviance in Sociology", "The Professor’s Travelling Suitcase of Science Wonders!", "Computing Security 101: Think Like an Adversary".
River Valley High School student Jean Low, who attended an NUS Dentistry Special Class, found it a highly engaging and enriching session.
"The professor was teaching us like he would teach a regular class. There was hands-on experience as well. This kind of classes provide people with a clearer idea of what lessons (at NUS) are like," she said.
Over at the Innovation Hub, NUS scientists and engineers showcased their expertise and creativity through various exciting projects.
NUS Engineering displayed the Humanitarian Mission Ready Drone, which is anautonomous drone that tackles cargo logistical issues in rural and remote areas, while scientists from the Centre for Quantum Technologies demonstrated quantum-secured communication which offers protection against hacking.
Over at the Bukit Timah campus, some 500 visitors who attended the NUS Law Open Day interacted with law professors and students, and experienced a mock courtroom trial.