NAI was initiated in 2013 as a formal partnership between Washington University in St. Louis and National University of Singapore, which are highlighted below. Inevitably, projects have been extended to include other leading universities.

Today NAI is viewed as a global partnership among many leading universities in the world. The focus has gradually become more practical—on partnerships for work being done.

About Washington University in St. Louis

Founded in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) is a private research university located in St. Louis, MO. Highly regarded for its commitment to excellence, the University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, drawing students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and approximately 130 nations.

NAI is part of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University. Established in 2005, the McDonnell Academy brings together top scholars from across the globe to WashU to pursue world-class education and research while forging a strong network with one another.

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About National University of Singapore

Founded in 1905, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is the oldest higher learning institute in Singapore, as well as the largest university in the country in terms of student enrollment and curriculum offered. Being the country’s flagship tertiary institution, it has a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.

NUS is well known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. Every member of the University enjoys diverse opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth with the aim of fostering quick, well-rounded minds that are well-equipped to succeed in our fast-changing world. The University also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.

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