Specially curated programmes for youths to find out about impact – the impact they want to make for their future – and to make better decisions.
The Online Youth Programmes are organised by School of Continuing and Lifelong Education, National University of Singapore (NUS SCALE). Drawing on the multidisciplinary expertise of sixteen other NUS faculties and school, backed by cutting-edge research along with strong industry links, NUS SCALE equips youth, professionals and organisations from around the world with the latest knowledge and skills required to meet the demands of the digital economy.
Our Online Youth Programmes are specially curated for youths to get acquainted with NUS’ culture of innovation, academic excellence and global responsibility towards a fruitful college experience.
NUS SCALE is committed to deploying the best of its faculty and faculty associates to design and deliver the programmes. Our online programmes are curated and delivered by NUS academic and research faculties, facilitated by experienced teaching assistants.
Our programmes are curated for high school, undergraduate and graduate students.
Our in-depth online programmes aim to help participants expand their domain knowledge. Participants will experience authentic NUS learning experience through close-up interaction with our faculty members.
In addition, you will benefit from engaging in discussions with a wider student group of diverse international profile.
Upon successful completion of the programme and fulfilling the required assessment criteria, you will be awarded a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE. More details on the assessment criteria and certificate of completion.
Yes, we have online programmes curated for high school students (15 years old and above) in areas including AI, Community Leadership and Innovation.
We offer group sign-ups or open-enrolment for our youth programmes. Please refer to the respective programme pages for more information on the registration channels available.
Alternatively, please complete the enquiry form on https://scale.nus.edu.sg/home/youth or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As all the programmes are conducted in English, participants should be able to read, write and communicate in English fluently.
Subject-specific pre-requisites could be found on the respective programme pages, please click here to see the list of upcoming programmes.
Our online programmes are conducted through NUS’s learning management platform, LumiNUS. You will be allocated a personal account 3 days before the start of the programme.
Lecture notes, reading materials, weekly learning objective updates, announcements and quizzes will be distributed through the LumiNUS platform.
You will first receive a pre-course email from our collaborator with instructions on account set-up and activation. An invitation email from the LumiNUS webmaster will follow subsequently, sent to the email address that you have provided to the coordinator when registering for the programme.
A sample of the email is provided below:
Once you have received the above invitation email from the LumiNUS Webmaster, you can navigate to LumiNUS login page http://luminus.nus.edu.sg to activate your account.
Please follow the steps shown in the non-NUS user log-in guide below to complete your account activation and change your display name to your OFFICIAL NAME.
For more information on LumiNUS account and usage, please refer to NUS Wiki:
LumiNUS Student User Guide: https://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/LumiNUSstudent
Please read through the following sections of the LumiNUS Student User Guide to understand the important features/functions used in our online programmes:
LumiNUS Students FAQ:
Once you have successfully logged into LumiNUS, you are required to navigate to “My Modules” page, and check that you have been assigned to the correct module, under the “Enrolled Module” tab.
If you cannot find your module here, click on the “Not seeing your module?” on the right of the webpage to refresh your LumiNUS database, and check your internet connection through http://speedtest.com.sg.
If the problem persists, clear your browser cache and switch to Chrome or Firefox if you are using other browsers. Report to your coordinator immediately with a screenshot of your LumiNUS “My Modules” page if you still cannot find your module.
Clicking on the module tab will land you to the assigned programme module page. Download the “NUS Terms and Conditions” PDF file and read through the entire document before proceeding to complete the Programme Consent Declaration – all participants are required to expressly declare having read, understand, and agreed to abide by the following policies:
At all times, students are also responsible for understanding and complying with all the policies and procedures listed above which are applicable to them.
Synchronous teaching sessions are conducted via Zoom. Participant should follow the installation guide in the pre-course email, and install desktop version before the first session.
You do not need to register an account on Zoom. You are required to register for the Zoom meeting through the invitation link posted on LumiNUS before scheduled session date and time with your official name to facilitate attendance taking.
For example, Zhang Xiaoming should enter her name in the following order:
First Name: Zhang
Last Name: Xiaoming
You are required to use a PC and headset when attending synchronous live sessions and watching pre-recorded e-learning videos on LumiNUS.
A speed test of your internet connection should be conducted before the start of the programme to ensure smooth viewing and video conference experience. Please use the following website for speed test: http://www.speedtest.com.sg/
Below is the minimum bandwidth requirements for LumiNUS video and Zoom streaming:
You are encouraged to check the LumiNUS Student Guide (https://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/LumiNUSstudent) and do a quick fix, before reporting the technical difficulty faced to the respective coordinators.
If you encounter technical difficulties in installing/running software required for class activity/assignments, follow guide provided in the pre-course email to do a self-fix; if the problem persists, you should follow the instruction given by your lecturer/teaching assistant to either upload error message on LumiNUS Forum, or email them if their email addresses are provided to you.
This is available for hybrid online programmes with synchronous teaching session(s) and asynchronous, pre-recorded e-learning videos:
Once the pre-recorded e-learning videos are released, they will be kept visible to you until the end of the programme, and you are free to watch them as many times as you want. To check the module closure date, navigate to LumiNUS Module Overview function.
Zoom recording of synchronous teaching sessions will be released through LumiNUS Multimedia for you to review. Please note that viewing of Zoom recording cannot be used for attendance taking if you are absent from any synchronous session without prior approval from the instructor.
For synchronous online programmes:
Zoom recording of all synchronous teaching sessions will be released through LumiNUS Multimedia for you to review. Please note that viewing of Zoom recording cannot be used for attendance taking if you are absent from any synchronous session without prior approval from the instructor.
You are encouraged to post your questions on the LumiNUS Forum or raise your questions during designated Q&A slots in synchronous tutorial/seminar sessions.
No. Additional materials such as e-learning videos, notes and other reading materials would be available in LumiNUS – Files, for the duration of the programme.
Primary announcement channel from lecturer/course administrator:
Important updates from your instructor/course administrator, including Quiz format and date, instruction on assignment submission, reading list to be completed before tutorial session, are communicated and announced through the LumiNUS Announcement function. You should constantly check the Announcement page throughout the duration of the programme.
During synchronous Zoom sessions:
You can use the “Chat” function to interact with your fellow classmates and the instructors. Please be reminded that you should not spam the channel with chats not relevant to content discussed in the class.
Please observe the following online etiquette:
Outside lesson hours:
You can use LumiNUS Forum to post, discuss questions with the lecturer, teaching assistant, and your fellow course mates.
Yes, all the programmes have at least one group project/assignment component.
Apart from attending synchronous sessions and watching pre-recorded e-learning videos, you should allocate 4 – 6 hours per week for preparation, assignment, reading material and group presentation. The number of working hours may vary from programme to programme.
As attendance is an important assessment criterion for our online programme participants, you are required to seek approval for absence if you are unable to attend any teaching session. You may be granted leave of absence for the following reasons:
1. Medical reasons
Students who are applying for medical leave of absence should provide valid proof, e.g. medical or physician report. Medical reasons are subject to the approval of NUS SCALE.
2. Academic reasons
Leave may be granted for students who have to attend lessons or examinations in their own universities. Students should provide valid proof, e.g. course timetable and/or examination timetable. Academic reasons are subject to the approval of NUS SCALE.
3. Personal reasons
Leave may also be granted for personal reasons other than medical and academic reasons. Personal reasons are subject to approval by NUS SCALE based on the specific reason and proof provided by students.
Students need to submit request for leave of absence ONE week before the programme starts with valid reasons and proof for NUS SCALE to approve. Urgent requests are highly discouraged.
Late submission is strongly discouraged, and you may be subject to late-submission penalties if you do not adhere to pre-announced assignment/quiz instructions.
All late submission requests must be accompanied with valid reasons and proof, and are subject to the approval of the instructor and NUS SCALE.
Aside from submitting project reports/presentation slides based on instruction given to you by your instructor, you are required to complete the Post Programme Evaluation ASAP after the last synchronous session.
Participants who failed to submit Post Programme Evaluation through LumiNUS Survey function will not be awarded the Certificate of Completion. You should retain the screenshot of Survey Completion page for verification purpose, as shown below.
You should meet the following requirements to be awarded the certificate:
NUS SCALE WILL NOT issue the Certificate of Completion and other documents if you fail to meet ANY of the three requirements listed above.
Any discrepancy in attendance record, assignment submission time and attempts to quizzes should be submitted to NUS SCALE through your programme coordinator. You are highly advised to keep a copy of the following materials as a proof for submission/attendance:
In order to fulfil the 85% attendance rate, you should watch at least 85% of the total duration of all the pre-recorded videos and attend at least 85% of all the live tutorial sessions.
Example 1: For a 60-minute long Zoom tutorial session, Student A needs to be present in the online session and actively participate in class activity for at least 51 minutes, in order to be considered as “Present” for this class.
Example 2: For a programme with six synchronous session and five sets of asynchronous e-learning videos, Student B missed one synchronous session and his last-minute leave request was not approved. He attended all other synchronous sessions and completed watching all e-learning videos. His final attendance rate is thus 10/11*100% = 90.9% > 85%. He is eligible for the Certificate of Completion given that he submitted and passed all assignments and completed the Post Programme Evaluation in time.
Our online programmes are graded based on following guideline:
A fail is given when the participant has not met the programme’s objectives. The participant missed to attend all courses, to show enough effort and achievement in both academic and teamwork sessions.
A pass is given when the participant has met the objectives and reached the expected outcomes. The participant has completed the whole programme, submitted projects in due time and showed sufficient understanding of each topic.
A merit is awarded when the participant has fully participated in the course, both in academic and teamwork sessions. The participant has taken part in a team project and has contributed to the presentation of the project.
A distinction is awarded when a participant has taken a leading role in the course, has been interactive and has demonstrated a high capacity to understand and converse in English. This is a special award for outstanding performance and an encouragement to others.
Typically, you should be receiving your overall grades 14 working days after the programme end date through e-copy of your Assessment Report. Some programmes may require more marking time and instructors will inform you on the result release timeline.
You will receive the electronic Certificate of Completion 14 working days after the last day of the programme, under the condition that you have fulfilled all three requirements in a timely manner.
You will be notified via registered email account when the certificate is ready.
Accredible is the official e-certificate platform used by National University of Singapore. Look out for email from email@example.com.
Below is a screenshot of the sample email notification:
Search in your spam folder if you are unable to find the above email in your inbox. If you did not receive the email notification, please approach your programme coordinator for re-issuing of the certificate.
You may refer to the YouTube video on how to use your Accredible certificates:
No, there is no expiry date.
No, NUS SCALE’s online youth programme DO NOT bear NUS module credits. Request to issue separate document for the purpose of credit transfer WILL NOT be processed.
Synchronous teaching sessions are conducted via Zoom. Participant should follow the installation guide in the pre-course email, and install desktop version b