The 26,000 sq m Centre for Oral Health will house research, education and clinical services. Currently, these services are provided in three separate buildings. Undergraduate teaching and research are done in two different buildings at NUS, while clinical services are provided at NUH.
The project hopes to encourage more voluntary work among dentists. The Faculty will be partnering with a charitable organisation to set up a free dental clinic for the needy.
The constructions will allow the faculty to increase its intake of dental students and train more specialists. The Ministry of Health has projected the need to increase the undergraduate intake from 48 students a year to 80 in 2020. The new centre will also provide the full range of oral health care, especially geriatric and preventive-care dentistry. It will carry out research into areas such as regenerative biology and tissue engineering, focusing on new ways to enhance repair and regeneration of soft tissue and bone as the population ages.
National University Health System, 1E Kent Ridge Road
The new NUH Medical Centre is an integral part of the National University Hospital's redevelopment plan to meet the expanding and increasingly sophisticated healthcare needs of Singaporeans.
At NUH, they believe that patient-centric tertiary medical care must go hand in hand with breakthrough translational research complemented by innovative and rigorous training of healthcare providers. Guided by this belief, NUH has embarked on building up the physical infrastructure for well-trained healthcare professionals to engage in cross specialty collaborations to boost the potential for breakthroughs in research which will eventually translate into better treatments and patient care.
Located directly above Kent Ridge MRT Station on the Circle Line, the 20-storey building is due for completion in 2013. It will house the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, specialist outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgical facilities, clinical support services such as pharmacies and a diagnostic imaging centre to provide one-stop care for patients; as well as amenities like retail shops, food outlets and a supermarket.
Elevated on Pasir Panjang Hill, Horizon Residences brings a new serenity to living near the sea. Your living spaces and furnishings will be complemented by the gentle breeze, calming sea, and the infinite horizon.
When it comes to amenities, Horizon Residences brings to life your ideal "lazy Sunday". Facilities include a 25m swimming pool, hydro-reflexology massage, Jacuzzi, underwater pool seats and an open concept dining area close to the pool deck.
Re-opening in 2014, the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, resembling a moss-covered rock, will look as prehistoric as the three dinosaurs it will house. Cutting-edge technology will keep the 150 million-year fossils, as well as the region's largest collection of South-east Asian animals, in perfect condition.
The 7,500 sq m museum will be the new home of the respected Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the three diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs, bought for under $8 million from the United States. The spacious gallery will be able to display up to 10 times more exhibits than the old museum.
The internal temperature will be maintained in the low 20°C with humidity of about 60 per cent to keep the specimens in optimum condition. Research specimens and offices will be housed together, presenting unique challenges for safety issues. To comply with the strict fire regulations, the sprinklers are specially engineered while the dry collection area is equipped with a gas extinguishing system.
The architecture of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum will sport a "prehistoric" boulder-like façade with tiered tropical vegetation. Surrounding the site will be lush indigenous plants and trees, as well as landscaped forests for educational purposes.
The architects put in a two-storey central space in the plan to cater for iconic exhibits such as dinosaurs. This prescient design came in handy when the opportunity to buy three fossils became available. The first long-neck baby dinosaur has arrived and its parents will be shipped in by end of next year.
Strategically located at the junction of Selegie Road and Rochor Canal Road, Kookaburra is well-placed in the multi-cultural enclave known for its artistic and eclectic pursuits.
Raw-but-warm interiors framed with large clear windows overlooking the colonial courtyard on one side and the busy streets on another.
The all-day breakfast concept that gave Late Plate its underground cult status is retained at Kookaburra. The new restaurant has added a slew of special mains such as Char-grilled Rump Steak, Kurobuta Rendang, Barbecued Kangaroo and Duck Leg & Goose Rillette. Each created specifically for the new outlet by resident Executive Chef Roland Graham.
Chef Roland explains, “Our philosophy with regard to culinary offerings is simple. We want to allow the freshness and quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves, be it the freshest catch from the sea to prime meat pickings or vegetables in season. Our focus will always be on premium quality yet affordable pricing”.
Guests have a choice of 300 specially selected labels straddling both old and new world wines.
Kookaburra has decked out a basement level for private parties and corporate events. So whether it is a casual meal, weekend brunch, or an intimate dinner, Kookaburra offers something for every diner.
180 Albert Street, #01-09, Albert Court Village Hotel
The National University Hospital’s (NUH) new heart centre will be a one-stop centre for heart patients, with its own dedicated cardiovascular nursing and operations team. Officially opened yesterday, the centre will focus on six areas of cardiovascular care: heart failure, congenital heart disease, acute coronary syndrome, vascular disease, women’s heart health and heart rhythm disorder. Its new three-storey building also brings together several departments that used to be scattered across the hospital grounds. These are the cardiac, and thoracic and vascular surgery departments, and the Cardiovascular Research Institute.
The focus is on a holistic and comprehensive approach to treating heart disease. As part of this approach, the new centre even has a garden created by multi-media artist Tan Swie Hian, featuring various sculptures and poems about the heart. This is Singapore’s second heart centre, and is meant to complement the Outram Road facility and take over some of its patient load.
NUH sees about 62,000 outpatients for heart illnesses yearly. With its increased capacity, the new heart centre will be able to see about 10 per cent more patients. This is expected to adequately handle sustained increases in workload for at least the next six to eight years. The new centre’s six key focus areas are meant to address the problems that come with Singapore’s ageing population. Its women’s heart health clinic is also the first of its kind in Singapore. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the No. 1 killer among women in Singapore. There is also the addition of a cardiac rehabilitation centre which will provide aerobic and weight-resistance training to improve patients’ heart health.
With the new centre, floor space has increased by more than three times. The number of clinics and laboratories has also been increased by about 50 per cent to cater to a larger number of patients.
The National University of Singapore has confirmed that the first liberal arts college in Singapore is going to receive its first batch of 150 students in 2013. The college will be set up jointly by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Yale University under an agreement to provide a new model of liberal arts education for Asia in the complex and rapidly changing world. It is the first campus of Yale outside the United States.
The new college will benefit from Yale in curriculum designing. What will be distinctive about this college is the fact that it will bring together some of the best elements of liberal arts education that is already present in Yale and take some strengths from NUS and develop a new curriculum that really blends the ideas and contexts of the West with ideas and contexts of Asia.
The college will have some distinctive features, with the size of a typical classroom limited to no more than 18 students. It will also be the first among the schools at the NUS to adopt the full residential model. NUS confirmed there had been a three-month delay in finalizing the agreement with Yale because it took longer-than-expected to iron out many aspects of the agreement. The agreement had been due late last year. The agreement was finally reached despite reservations among some Yale faculty members who are concerned about what they saw as "the lack of academic freedom" in Singapore. But administrators from NUS said such opinions were not shared by the majority.
The college will expand the size of its annual intake to 250 students each year, and the college offering four-year programs will eventually have about 1,000 students from Singapore and other countries. The academic quality is a given. But more than that, these must be interesting individuals who bring diverse interests and backgrounds to the classroom.