June 2016

Duke and NUS reaffirmed the third phase of collaboration in Duke-NUS’ medical education and research programmes.

May 2013

An inaugural Duke-NUS Gala Dinner was held on 30 May 2013 to celebrate the graduation of Class of 2013. At this event, over S$17 million in Gifts was raised. Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam graced the dinner as Guest-of-Honour.

January 2013

Mr Kai Nargolwala is appointed Chairman of the Duke-NUS Governing Board on 1 January 2013 as Mr Tony Chew, Founding Chair, steps down after seven years of illustrious leadership.

November 2010

Duke University and NUS officially signed the second phase of collaboration in medical education and research.

August 2010

The inaugural PhD programme in “Integrated Biology and Medicine” commenced with 12 students.

September 2009

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officially opened Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and inaugurated the Khoo Teck Puat Building.

May 2009

Students, faculty and staff start operating from the new Duke-NUS campus.

August 2008

Duke-NUS faculty garnered Young Scientist Award 2008 (Dr. Wang Hongyan).

July 2008

Duke-NUS named Ranga Krishnan, MB ChB, as Dean. Duke-NUS marked the topping-up of the Khoo Teck Puat Building, bringing the school a step closer towards the opening of its new campus.

August 2007

First Duke-NUS M.D. class enrolled 26 students.

January 2007

Duke-NUS received first gift of S$80 million from the Estate of the late Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat, to grow Duke-NUS’ biomedical research initiatives. Duke-NUS announced that graduates of the four-year M.D. program will be conferred a joint Duke and NUS M.D. degree.

September 2006

Construction of new permanent Duke-NUS facilities began.

August 2005

Prof. R. Sanders Williams, M.D, Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, was officially named Founding Dean of Duke-NUS. Patrick J Casey, Ph.D. relocated from Duke University as Senior Vice Dean of Research to lead the development of the School. Duke-NUS commenced operations from an Interim Campus on a site adjacent to Singapore General Hospital. Staff recruitment commenced.

April 2005

Duke University and NUS formalised the first phase of a partnership to establish the new graduate medical school which is named Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS).


Duke University and NUS signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish Singapore’s first graduate medical school.


Singapore's then Deputy Prime Minister Dr Tony Tan, Minister for Manpower Dr Ng Eng Hen and NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong visited Duke University to discuss a partnership to establish the school.


A Ministry of Education-appointed Medical Education Review Panel recommended that Singapore establishes a graduate medical school to produce highly-trained physician-scientists to support the Biomedical Sciences Initiative.


Singapore launched a S$3-billion Biomedical Sciences Initiative designed to make the country Asia’s biomedical hub.