Now, without wasting much time on the general facts about the NUS, let's shift to the focal point-"Scope of Biotechnology in NUS". Following are the Schools/Faculties encompassing Biotechnical domain at NUS:
Department of Bioengineering
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Department of Life Sciences
Where These Departments Stand in World:
These three departments represent the crust & core of Biotechnical scope at NUS. And to give you an estimate of the repute of these departments, I have enlisted their world ranks (QS Ranking):
- Department of Bioengineering: World Rank 6
- Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering: World Rank 6
- Department of Life Sciences: World Rank 17
The US & Europe Paradox:
Admission Facts About NUS:
My focus would rather be on those facts which should make you feel that getting admission in NUS is rather way too easy & beneficial than US/Europe Universities:
1. Preference to Developing Countries:
They prefer students from different cultural backgrounds, especially students from developing countries. They have a special inclination towards Indian talents.
2. Easy Selection Criteria:
Their selection criteria for interview call are very simple:
**They accept GATE Score and GATE Cut-off is 90 percentile (which means even if you manage to qualify GATE just by 1 or 2 marks above the cut-off marks, still you can get a call from NUS!)
**They don't need GRE if you have GATE score!
**If you don't have GATE, you may submit GRE score, whose cut-off is also very nominal: around 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical)
3. Low Application Fee:
The application fee including the postage charges is very nominal (barely above Rs 2000/-) which is too less as compared to the grueling application process for US/European countries.
4. Simple Interview Process:
The interview process of NUS is quite general and simple. It starts with a test of English through reading, comprehension and writing, the scores of which count in your final performance score. Followed by the test, a two person panel takes the interview. Through-out the years their questions have been simple as follows:
a. Tell us about yourself.
b. Tell us about your college/university.
c. Why NUS, why not IITs?
d. What if we don't have a project of your interest? Will you still join us?
Your answers to these questions decide your fate. And the confidence with which you answer really counts a lot!
5. A-STAR Application Needs No GATE/GRE/Any Test!
The most wonderful thing about Singapore govt.'s policy is A-Star Scholarship, through which students around the globe can apply at NUS/NTU Singapore, based on their brilliant profile (they may apply even without the need of GRE/GATE!). So, if your academic and co-curricular profile has been brilliant and, some how you couldn't/can't give GRE/GATE, feel free to apply at NUS through Singapore govt.'s A-Star Scholarship scheme. There is no application fee for this mode of application!! Following is the link to A-STAR details:
So, I hope, this piece of information might have en-lighted you all up in some way, to motivate you about the scope of Biotechnology in Asia itself! NUS is indeed a World Class University and a sure way to a successful career in Biotechnology!
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