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.

Organised by the University Scholars Club, the first student-run international programme of its kind carried the theme “Leadership in a Complex World: The Food, Water and Energy Nexus”. Complex issues faced by Asia formed the crux of discussion at this Summit for about 100 undergraduates from nine universities in Southeast Asia.