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Last Updated: 27 February 2023

Autonomous universities

The 6 autonomous universities provide a wide range of academic, research, work-learn and student life options to cater to students' diverse interests and learning styles.

Autonomous universities (AUs) offer a wide variety of courses that cater to different interests and learning needs. There are 2 types of AUs in Singapore:

  • Research-intensive universities that are more academic in nature
  • Applied-degree pathway, where students receive more hands-on experience and industry exposure as part of their university education.

Explore the AUs

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

NTU is a comprehensive and research-intensive university, with a strong focus on engineering, science and technology.

National University of Singapore (NUS)

NUS is a comprehensive and research-intensive university that offers a diverse spectrum of courses, including multidisciplinary and cross-faculty academic programmes.

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

SIT offers applied degrees with a focus on science and technology, including those offered in partnership with reputable overseas universities.

Singapore Management University (SMU)

SMU is a specialised and research-intensive university that features an interactive, collaborative and seminar-based approach to learning.

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

SUSS provides an applied education in the social sciences for both fresh school leavers and adult learners, as well as in disciplines that have a strong impact on human and community development.

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

SUTD offers a multi-disciplinary human-centric curriculum focused on Design with degree programmes that cut across engineering and architecture disciplines. SUTD's unique East and West academic programmes incorporate elements of innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and local and international industry collaborations.

The Graduate Employment Survey (GES) is jointly conducted by NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT and SUSS annually to survey the employment conditions of graduates about 6 months after their final examinations. Results for individual AUs can be found in the respective pages above.

The combined outcomes of NUS, NTU, SMU and SUSS by course clusters can be found in the GES 2023 report for the 4 universities (273kb).

  • SIT's GES results will be released at a later date.
  • Given the small graduating cohort, SUTD will conduct a survey in November 2024 where it will include graduates from both the 2023 and 2024 batches — the results of which will be reported alongside the Joint AU 2024 GES results in February 2025.

Visit the Data.gov.sg website for previous GES results.