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UTown ERC (Education Resource Centre)

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University Town

Tembusu College is part of a broader concept for higher learning called University Town (UTown). Located adjacent to the NUS Kent Ridge campus, this is where some 2,400 undergraduate students, 1,700 graduate students and 1,000 researchers will work, live, and learn in close proximity starting in July and August of 2011.

Undergraduates staying in the Utown residential colleges have the opportunity to combine the vibrancy of campus living with an exciting multidisciplinary academic programme. Graduate students moving into the Utown Graduate Residence can look forward to facilities specially dedicated to the university’s growing graduate community. Top researchers from world-class research institutes will gather under one roof to form loci of innovation at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE). All NUS students, and not just those who live at Utown, can take advantage of the Educational Resource Center (ERC) and Edu-Sports Center, as well as dining and shopping outlets. Many regular undergraduate modules are scheduled at UTown, ensuring its full integration with the adjacent Kent Ridge campus.

UTown's design integrates green concepts in master planning and building, and allows living and learning to be intimately entwined. Spaces in UTown are also designed to extend learning beyond the classrooms. For instance, discussions from the seminar rooms spill over into the side cafes and other informal learning spaces nestled amidst attractive landscapes. Students of Tembusu will be able to share and enjoy the following facilities with the other residents of UTown.

Education Resource Centre

The Education Resource Centre (ERC) serves as a focal point for Utown given its location at the heart of the campus. It includes computer labs, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, e-learning cafes and clusters of study spaces. Many regular classes from most of the NUS faculties are scheduled here, so that students move between the ERC and the Kent Ridge campus on a daily basis.


The EduSports Complex is a multi-purpose building that will be the hub of sporting, educational and cultural activities at UTown. It houses educational facilities such as lecture theatres and seminar rooms for a wide array of academic purposes. Sporting facilities will include a swimming pool, gym, competition hall, training hall and a fitness centre. A dance theatre and music practice rooms provide avenues for cultural performances.

At the heart of the building is a grand open plaza called the Forum which will be a central gathering point for students and visitors. Surrounding the Forum and lining the ground floor level will be various retail and food outlets.

The EduSports Centre will be the last major UTown building to be completed (currently scheduled to open in 2013).

Graduate Residence

UTown also supports the university's growing graduate community. The graduate residence can house up to 1,700 residents, with units for single and married graduate students. The design of the complex emphasizes open common areas, and the architecture fosters a sense of community and cross-disciplinary discussion. Resident advisors also live alongside the graduate residents. The graduate residence is equipped with seminar rooms and student lounges.



Research being the wellspring of understanding and creativity, UTown will feature cutting-edge research facilities – a 60,000 sqm Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) launched by the National Research Foundation. This aims to be a world class research facility centered around the biomedical and physical sciences. Students at Tembusu will get to interact with top researchers in their quest for new discoveries and innovations.

The CREATE complex maximizes the use of daylight, testbed solar technologies and collect water for recycling. Laboratories are built in a way that allows for easy reconfiguration, in view of the changing and varied needs of research groups.

When completed, CREATE will house the research centres of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as some 1,000 researchers.







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biopolitics / technologies / humanities


3 -9 June 2013


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