Yale-NUS is one of several joint endeavors between Yale and the National University of Singapore. Since 2001, Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the NUS School of Design and Environment have collaborated on a range of projects including shared teaching, program planning, research, and faculty and student exchanges. For many years Yale College has hosted NUS students each summer as part of the NUS Summer Program at Yale. Most recently, NUS became a program partner with Yale’s Visiting International Student Program.
Earlier connections between Yale and Singapore can be found among Yale’s alumni. One such person was James T. Dickinson, Class of 1826, ’30MDiv, the first Yale graduate to teach in the port city of Singapore. (Singapore gained its current independent status in 1965.) Though upon graduation he practiced law, he soon followed a religious calling, studying at Andover Theological Seminary then earning his degree from Yale Divinity School. He became a pastor in 1832, but after his wife died a mere two years later he resigned and committed himself to missionary work abroad. After a year of medical study, he left for Singapore. In 1835 he received an appointment from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Five years later, he was appointed deputy headmaster of the Singapore Institution (a secondary school founded in 1823 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and eventually renamed the Raffles Institution). Dickinson was appointed headmaster of the Singapore Institution in 1843, but due to poor health was forced to return home shortly thereafter.
(Summary of the article “A missionary in Singapore,” Yale Alumni Magazine, Nov/Dec 2013 https://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/3781.)