UNSW Asia, Singapore's first comprehensive international university, officially opened its Tanglin campus on Saturday 20 January 2007.

Close to 800 visitors took part in information sessions, student consultations, the opening ceremony and other activities during the new university's first "open house".

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore's Minister for Education and Second Minister for Finance, officiated at the opening ceremony. His Excellency Mr Miles Kupa, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, also attended the event.

"I believe that UNSW Asia will integrate well into this new tertiary education landscape and enhance the attractiveness of Singapore as a knowledge and research hub," said Minister Tharman. "Singapore's unique position at the economic, social and cultural cross-roads of the Middle-east, India, Southeast Asia, China, Northeast Asia and Australasia, will be a compelling proposition ... and we hope some of the students who come here will decide to stay for a while and contribute to Singapore and the wider region."

Professor Greg Whittred, President of UNSW Asia, said: "The Government of Singapore and UNSW share a vision - a vision for an innovative, internationally-focused comprehensive university. One that is student-centred, research-intensive and industry-relevant."

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