National University of Singapore (NUS) is a leading global university centred in Asia. NUS is Singapore's flagship university which offers a global approach to education and research. NUS is currently (2012) ranked in the top 25 universities globally according to the QS ranking of top universities in the world (http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings). NUS comprises 16 faculties and schools across three campus locations in Singapore – Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram. The university provides a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. NUS’ transformative education includes programmes such as student exchange, entrepreneurial internships at NUS Overseas Colleges, and double degree and joint degree programmes with some of the world’s top universities, offering students opportunities and challenges to realise their potential. The learning experience is complemented by a vibrant residential life with avenues for artistic, cultural and sporting pursuits. Over 37,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.
NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 22 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner for Singapore’s 5th RCE. The University shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. Major research thrusts have been made recently in several fields such as quantum technology; cancer and translational medicine; interactive and digital media; and the environment and water. The University also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community. NUS is actively involved in international academic and research networks such as the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). This global networking further enhances its international presence. NUS also has a history of involvement in European Union-funded research projects.
The Department of Geography at NUS is located in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and comprises more than 30 academic staff together with support and research staff. Research in the Department is grouped into three clusters, one of which – Tropical Environmental Change – is chaired by Professor David Taylor. The Department of Geography is currently (2012) ranked the sixth best in the discipline globally, according to the QS rankings.
David Taylor was the Professor of Geography at TCD from January 2001 to September 2012. Since September 2012 he has been the Professor of Tropical Environmental Change in the Department of Geography, NUS. His main research interests are in environmental dynamics in the tropics, and in particular the human and ecological dimensions of environmental change in central and eastern Africa. Having carried out his PhD in Uganda in the early 1980s, David now has more than 25 years of research experience in the region and in the tropics more widely. Much of this research has focused on wetlands.