Vision, Mission and Core Values


A community of learning,
Founded by two great universities,
In Asia, for the world.


Yale-NUS College, a residential college located in Singapore, aims to redefine liberal arts and science education for a complex, interconnected world.

  • A community of learning

We are a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and supporters, dedicated to building a community in which living and learning are intertwined and habits of creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking are encouraged. Our innovative curriculum integrates knowledge from across the disciplines and around the world.

  • Founded by two great universities

An intimate liberal arts college, dedicated to undergraduate education, Yale-NUS draws on the resources and traditions of two great universities. We pursue excellence through innovative teaching and research, and we provide global opportunities for our students.

  • In Asia

Our location at the crossroads of Asia informs our pedagogy. Drawing on active modes of learning associated with American liberal arts education, we introduce our students to the diverse intellectual traditions and cultures of Asia and the world.

  • For the world

We educate citizens of the world and uphold the principles of free exchange of ideas, pluralism, and respect for diversity. Our extra-curricular and residential programmes support student learning and encourage an ethic of service. By our example, we seek to spur innovation in higher education across the globe.

Core Values


Who We Are

At Yale-NUS, we seek to inspire innovation in higher education across the globe. Through open inquiry and scholarly exploration, we delve into enduring disciplinary concerns and develop creative interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. As a community, we aim to provide every member with a transformative experience by encouraging habits of the mind (such as creativity, curiosity and critical thinking) and character (integrity, professionalism and ethic of service). Central to the transformation process is our engagement with diverse modes of enquiry and a commitment to challenge our assumptions.


Our Values and Commitments
  • Transformation

We strive to be a centre for quality scholarship and continual learning that makes a positive difference in the world.

  • Exploration

We are firmly committed to open inquiry and academic freedom.

  • Respect

We are committed to providing a challenging yet supportive learning and working environment for all community members.

  • Inclusivity

We are committed to diversity and celebrate our differences and our unique perspectives.

  • Care

We are committed to caring for ourselves, our community and the environment.