The University of Chicago is expanding its Singapore operations by building a larger campus, to be completed in just over a year.
The current downtown building, known as the house of Tan Yeok Nee, will be replaced by three buildings in Tanglin Village, a park-like setting north of Singapore’s central business district. This will more than double the teaching and administrative space in Singapore, enabling Chicago faculty to teach short non-degree programmes and programmes developed by the school’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. The existing house is used largely for the teaching of the Singapore leg of Chicago’s executive MBA programme.
The Tanglin campus will have two tiered classrooms, 18 group study rooms and a student lounge as well as offices, meeting rooms and individual study areas. These will provide space for career services and alumni affairs.
“Our new location in Tanglin Village will create and sustain a platform that advances the standard for management education throughout the world,” according to Edward Snyder, dean of Chicago. Chicago GSB also has a campus in London in addition to its two campuses in Chicago.
The Singapore authorities have a policy of trying to attract world-class business schools to the state in a bid to make it one of the world’s educational hubs. Insead and the Parisian school Essec both have establishments in Singapore and the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania was instrumental in establishing the Singapore Management University.