USP traces its roots back to the NUS Talent Development Programme (TDP) and NUS Core Curriculum Programme (CCP). TDP was established in 1996 to train future leaders who sought breadth and excellence in undergraduate studies, while CCP was established in 1999 to provide a broad-based education with an emphasis on writing and critical thinking, and an appreciation of the connections between different disciplines. In 2000, NUS announced the establishment of USP after merging TDP and CCP.

Today, USP is a place of passion for exploration. Of deep ideas and strong connections. Of synthesis, collaboration and responsibility. Where USP students belong to a diverse community that is curious, critical and engaged.

Here, we invite you to have a look at some of USP’s key developments from the year 2000 to 2015.

Associate Professor Kang Hway Chuan from the Department of Chemistry has assumed Directorship of the University Scholars Programme (USP) and concurrently as Master of Cinnamon College since 18 May 2015. Associate Professor Kang have been on joint appointment to USP since its official launch in 2001, and later became one of its longest-serving Deputy Directors (2003-2012). As a key member of the former USP management team, he chaired the USP curriculum committee for six years and led a review which has reshaped its curriculum. He also played a pivotal role in the transition of USP into a residential college.