Nanyang Technological University: Engaging and equipping students with applied engineering and research skills

Nanyang Technological University uses Knovel to engage and equip students with applied engineering and research skills.

Since its establishment in 1991, Nanyang Technological University has quickly become one of the top 50 universities in the world. It’s also one of the most prolific in producing engineering research. Lim Kong Meng, Head of Engineering Library, leads his team of eight engineering librarians in teaching students how to leverage resources efficiently.

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Nanyang Technological University needed to help bridge the gap between scholar and student. Yet — as many universities worldwide have come to recognize — training students to take advantage of available networks and databases is just as important as the networks themselves. So Kong Meng teamed up with the faculty to convince [students] that mainstream search engines are not the only way to get information as they offer a lot of breadth [but] quite little depth .


Since implementing Knovel, Kong Meng has been teaching research workshops with an emphasis on critically evaluating content. Knovel’s reliably sourced and easily searchable technical content — including its highly instructive and engaging interactive tools — has been exceptionally useful for this task. As a result, students have gained a much sharper eye for which sources have been properly vetted.

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Knovel’s information and interactive tools provide real value to students.

Lim Kong Meng, Nanyang Technological University


For Kong Meng, the ultimate goal of teaching students to be more effective is to make them lifelong learners. Things are moving so fast , says Kong Meng, especially in science and technology that it’s a challenge to keep up. But NTU knows that if its students are to be successful in industry or academia, they have to know how to access reliable technical information, apply it to real world challenges and evaluate their results. It’s why NTU strives to equip graduates not only with world-class knowledge but with research tools needed to extend it. And it’s why they rely on Knovel.

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