Admissions Blog

World Autism Awareness Day

Contributed by Debra Quek and Anu Pandey, Class of 2015.

Ion Orchard in Singapore, all lit up in blue

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2 April World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Events to commemorate this day are organized all around the world.

Last year, students of Benjamin Sheares College spearheaded the first celebration of WAAD in Singapore, bringing together various autism centres in Singapore to organize a one-day seminar for caregivers. The event was well received and even drew participants from outside Singapore! This year, we had the privilege of collaborating with 5 autism centres in Singapore, namely, Autism Association (Singapore), Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), Rainbow Centre, Shoulders Singapore and St. Andrew’s Autism Centre to organize this year’s activities for WAAD 2012.

Gurangad Singh Chandok

Contributed by Gurangad Singh Chandok, Class of 2015.

Having a Barbeque lunch with the team.

My time at Duke-NUS so far has been extremely rewarding and satisfying. I came to Duke-NUS unsure of how diverse our class would be. I was concerned about adjusting to Singapore and coping with the stress of an intense medical program. However, I was pleasantly surprised right from orientation. Our class is an excellent mix of people from different spheres of education and culture. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of Duke-NUS thus far.

Outing with my classmates after an exam.

Outing with my seniors at Clarke Quay.

Chunzhen: Surgery

Pictures contributed by Shang Lei and Chunzhen Tan, Class of 2014

At Work

And At Play

Food For Thought

Contributed by Andrew Chou, Class of 2015
I usually get a laugh whenever I tell people food is one of my hobbies. Cooking, eating, or even taking pictures of food is fun for me. Sure, eating is fun and an important part of life, but there’s so much more to food than just that. Food is a way we share our upbringings and an expression of self, a means with which we can connect with others on a critically fundamental level. I love food because it brings together people in a way that transcends cultural and language barriers. There’s little that brings me more joy than enjoying a good meal with good friends at the end of a long day.

Nutella walnut waffle with French vanilla ice cream from Group Therapy on Duxton Street.

Wicked- Duke-NUS

Picture contributed by Maria Noviani

First year students enjoying their night out at Wicked, the Muiscal.


Contributed by Swati Jain, Class of 2014

Swati is all smiles!

Eric Cher

Interestingly, about one third of our student population hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. One of our success stories, Dr Lim Kheng Choon, was a Mechanical Engineer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force  before he joined us as a medical student at Duke-NUS. To futher spur on these group of "engineers turned medical students", an interest group MedTech has also been set up at Duke-NUS. In this blog post, we talk to Eric Cher, a current 2nd year student about his journey from engineering to medicine thus far.

Eric's Journey so far.

Jia Hui

Contributed by Jia Hui Chua, Class of 2013

Outside the KKH Operating Theatres

The first year was definitely the toughest, but being part of the Seah Cheng Siang College helped make my medical education much more enjoyable and not having to walk the journey alone. College meetings happen once a week and we usually meet up over lunch with our 3 College masters, who take time off their busy schedules as physicians to become friendly mentors to us. They listen to our difficulties and concerns and also serve as a bridge to the school administrators. I have to admit that this is really a refreshing experience, as I have never had anything similar to this during my undergraduate days! It brings a sense of belonging and also a therapeutic relief just knowing that the school values your entire educational experience.

Night Safari _Sash and classmates

At Duke-NUS, we would like to stress again that its not all about books and studying.
Photo by: Sash Aponso