The NUS Press Story

NUS Press enacts the National University of Singapore’s vision of being “a leading global university, shaping the future”, by supporting cosmopolitan forms of scholarly communication. For us this means acquiring, marketing and selling our books around the world, in tune with the broad priorities of English-language scholarship in the social science and humanities disciplines, while being particularly attentive to the needs and priorities of those researchers, writers and readers vitally concerned with Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Our books, journals and digital products further the university’s mission of education, inspiration and transformation by gathering and creating diverse “publics”, communities of readers, be they researchers, teachers, students, alumni or citizens. While we operate as a private limited company under Singapore law, we are 100% owned by the National University of Singapore and we operate on a not-for-profit basis.

NUS Press publishes academic books and journals, as well as high quality general non-fiction. Books and memoirs meant mostly for a general audience and to be sold in bookshops are published under our Ridge Books imprint. We publish some 25 books a year.

NUS Press currently also publishes two academic journals: China: An International Journal (for the East Asian Institute at NUS) and Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia.  We are accepting new journal proposals. Please contact us at mkting.nuspress[@] if you are interested to start a new journal. For more, see Journals.

View our past catalogues on Issuu here.

The National University of Singapore Press is heir to a tradition of academic publishing in Singapore that dates back some 60 years, starting with the work of the Publishing Committee of the University of Malaya, beginning in 1954. Singapore University Press was created in 1971 as the publishing division of the University of Singapore. The University of Singapore merged with Nanyang University in 1980 to become the National University of Singapore, and in 2006 Singapore University Press was succeeded by NUS Press, bringing the name of the press in line with the name of the university.

All NUS Press books must be approved by a Publishing Committee, drawn from the ranks of the academic staff at the National University of Singapore. NUS Press is currently managed by Peter Schoppert.