The formation of the School of Social Sciences (SSS) in April 2017 represents Nanyang Technological University’s continuous efforts to fulfil the evolving educational needs and aspirations of its students. The predecessor of SSS was the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) which was the largest School at NTU in terms of number of students and faculty. The-reorganization of HSS into SSS and the School of Humanities enhances flexibility for future growth and facilitates collaboration and interdisciplinary research as well as international linkages. As Chair of the HSS from 2011 to 2017, I feel privileged to have been closely involved in the exciting journey of developing the humanities and social sciences at NTU and Singapore.
At present, SSS has nearly 100 faculty members and more than 1,700 undergraduates who major in the four degree programmes the School offers: Economics, Psychology, Public Policy and Global Affairs, and Sociology. Students also have the opportunities of choosing double majors such as Economics and Psychology, Economics and Public Policy & Global Affairs, and Economics and Engineering, etc. In addition, the School offers unique minors such as Global Asia as well as Environmental and Urban Studies which are open to all NTU students to enhance their learning beyond their majors. There are more than 180 graduate students in our PhD and MA programmes (by research), and MSc programmes in Applied Economics and Gerontology. The School’s holistic and rigorous education aims to prepare our students with analytical and critical capacities that can be applied in the classroom and future careers. Students will be able to further expand their learning horizons through overseas exchanges and internship experiences in Singapore.
Apart from being deeply engaged in their disciplinary pursuits, our faculty members are also at the forefront of cutting-edge research between the social sciences and other disciplines. The School has identified Global Asia, Environment and Sustainability, Science and Society as the strategic areas of interdisciplinary research and international collaborations. We firmly believe that cross-fertilisation of disciplinary knowledge will contribute to global scholarship and help tackle complex challenges facing the world in the 21st century. Our interdisciplinary endeavour has been facilitated by institutional mechanisms such as the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) which is a cross-school research centre under the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Our research and academic programmes are fully aligned with NTU's new five-year strategic plan, which focuses on five key research thrusts–Sustainable Earth, Global Asia, Secure Community, Healthy Society and Future Learning, aiming to propel the University to greater heights of research excellence.
I welcome you to explore the enriching learning and research programmes offered by NTU’s School of Social Sciences and look forward to opportunities of interacting with you soon.
Professor Liu Hong
Tan Kah Kee Endowed Professor of Asian Studies
Chair, School of Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University