Established on 14 April 2005, Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) is a landmark collaboration between two-world ranking institutions of higher education: Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Marking a milestone in Singapore’s transition into an internationally renowned biomedical science hub, Duke-NUS seeks to nurture a pipeline of talented clinicians and clinician scientists and produce research that has the ability to transform medicine and impact patients’ lives in Singapore and beyond.
Journey with us in celebrating the 15 years of impact we have made on Singapore’s medical education and healthcare community, growing from a boutique school to a world-class medical institution recognised for its prolific and top-notch research discoveries that transform medicine and improve lives.
We wouldn’t have come this far without the support from our ministries — Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Health (MOH) — our partners – Duke University, NUS and SingHealth — as well as our donors, collaborators, alumni, students, staff and everyone out there in the community.
Thank you for staying the course with us, and we look forward to your continued support as we pursue even greater things at Duke-NUS!
“It’s amazing how far Duke-NUS has come in a relatively short space of time! The early years were filled with long meetings, complex wall-to-wall Gantt charts, and a great deal of hard work. But in that formative period, the spirit and culture of the institution was forged and continues to thrive to this day – the impulse to innovate, the commitment to make a deep impact in medicine, the desire to contribute to society, the eagerness to work with others in pursuit of excellence. Many outstanding individuals from Duke, NUS, SingHealth and the Singapore government played instrumental roles in the School’s rapid progress. It was a great privilege to have been a part of this extraordinary journey, and I am also very grateful for the warm friendships and deep sense of collective purpose that made the joint work so meaningful and enjoyable.”
“Just 15 years after its founding, Duke-NUS has established a global reputation as a leading medical enterprise that is transforming biomedical research and education in Singapore and around the world. Thanks to the leadership and dedication of many at Duke University and the National University of Singapore and the unwavering support of Singapore government leaders - as well as the enterprising spirit of Duke-NUS' students and staff - the university is on a trajectory for remarkable impact across science and human health. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have been involved with this important partnership from the very beginning.”
“Our vision for Duke-NUS was to train doctors who are not only clinically excellent in patient care but are also good clinician scientists who practice evidence-based medicine to ensure safe and effective outcomes for patients. Through my interaction with successive batches of Duke-NUS graduates, I’m very gratified that we have been successful in achieving this vision. We have nurtured a pipeline of strong clinician scientists whom I believe will make good healthcare leaders of tomorrow.”
“It was an exhilarating time, which saw us create the MD-PhD programme, build our residency training programme and expand our research capabilities, including the prescient creation of ABSL 3 that has turned out to be critical during COVID-19. I am proud and thankful to have been part of the growth of Duke-NUS Medical School.”
“I have had the privilege of witnessing the amazing growth of Duke-NUS from day 1, with so much support rendered to us from our parent universities, partners and stakeholders. It has been immensely gratifying to see how the school has advanced medical education, research and academic medicine in Singapore, and the impact our activities have had on the global stage. I am heartened to see how Duke-NUS has served her purpose, exemplifying our mission and vision. At this 15th anniversary, let us recommit our values of courage, integrity, compassion and collaboration as the driving force to bring Duke-NUS to even greater heights and celebrate our contributions to healthcare and innovation.”