Our Story

Established in 1981, the Institute of Systems Science at National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS) provides graduate education, professional development courses, consultancy and research services. Our objectives are to develop infocomm leaders, and drive business and organisation innovation.

NUS-ISS is a Programme Partner for SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)’s Service Excellence Competency Framework. The institute is also accredited by leading international and local accreditation, and certification bodies to deliver programmes that lead to recognised certifications and qualifications. 

NUS-ISS has achieved ISO 29990:2010 certification,and is the first CET (Continuing Education and Training Centre) centre in Singapore certified for full suite of executive education courses.
It also conducts research, organises management, technology and innovation update seminars, and provides consulting services to the industry.

The Singapore e-Government Leadership Centre (eGL) in ISS helps leaders of government innovate and transform through e-Government education, and consulting and research.

To date, over 118,600 infocomm & business professionals, 6,800 corporate customers and 5,500 post-graduate alumni members have benefitted from ISS’s suite of services. Its programmes are delivered by ISS staff with an average of more than 20 years of industry experience.

Our Vision

Enabling a digital economy that is always learning and always leading

Our Mission

Developing digital talent through education, applied research, consulting and career services

Our Core Values

We are honest, sincere and responsible in all our decisions and actions. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and respect diversity among staff, students, customers and partners.


We continuously seek to inquire, learn, explore, experiment and implement challenging new ideas and solutions to deliver positive impact to industry and the nation.


We love to communicate openly and share our knowledge with one another. We actively engage all our stakeholders to stay relevant to the needs of our market.


We strive to develop and inspire the next generation of leaders. We aim to do our very best to excel and be a role model to others, with speed, grace and humility always.


We work as one team in everything we do. We collaborate seamlessly and synergize to achieve common goals. We value the contribution of others and are eager to help others succeed.



Our Milestones

'Our Milestones' timeline brings you through our journey - from our founding in 1981 to what we have accomplished today. It records the launch of all our graduate programmes, our industry collaborations and recognitions, and significant events at NUS-ISS. Selected quotes from our founding fathers and industry partners are also cited.

NUS-ISS Milestones Talking Wall

Our Leadership

We wouldn't be what we are today if not for the vision provided by our leaders over the years. 'Our Leadership' timeline highlights the current and past chairpersons, as well as our management board. They all play an important role in providing strategic inputs to charting the direction of ISS.


Ms Janet Ang

Years Active: 2016 - Present

My aspiration is for ISS to build on its strengths as it continues to focus on nurturing leaders, transforming businesses, and developing practical ICT skills to enable the future economy, expand and deepen industry engagements, and to be the centre of excellence for all things digital and tech for continuing education in Singapore.

Prof Christopher Chia

Years Active: 2004 - 2016

From its beginnings in 1981, ISS has helped to educate and train people for the Information Age, creating a bridge to where we want to be in the future. It is a journey, and ISS will continue to prepare the ICT leaders of tomorrow, today.

Mr Michael Yap

Years Active: 1998 - 2004

ISS was there when the country took its first concerted step to push for an IT agenda. ISS was the institution that trained the first batches of IT professionals that led the nation in implementing our IT master plan. ISS was a pioneering effort. The spirit of being in the forefront, playing a critical role in the nation’s IT development has never left ISS. It has had many firsts, and will continue to innovate.

Mr Stephen Yeo

Years Active: 1997 - 1998

I presided over the period when old ISS was merged with ITI and new ISS was spun out. It was a period of change; it was a difficult period for people because it had operated in this way for 10 over years. The report card, as it turned out, was quite good. I think ISS has found its own niche since separation.

Minister Lim Swee Say

Years Active: 1994 - 1996

I hope ISS will always be a key pillar, a leading IT architect in updating, spearheading and reinventing our IT and ICT manpower strategies in Singapore and the region. After all, whether Singapore will be able to transform itself into a knowledge-based economy and information society depends a lot on our ability to nurture innovators and early adopters. This is a very important challenge for ISS and Singapore.

Dr Tan Chin Nam

Years Active: 1992 - 1993

ISS is inseparable with the national computerisation effort of Singapore since its inception. With various versions of the national IT plan, ISS is able to make itself relevant and this includes IT education, consulting and R&D. Our vibrant startup culture can be traced back to that phase of ISS development when IT R&D was part of its mission integrating Information Technology Institute of the National Computer Board. As we evolve our Intelligent Island to become a smart nation, ISS still has much to contribute.

Mr Robert Iau (late)

Years Active: 1981 - 1991

It was a collective effort, driven consistently by enthusiasm and excitement. It was a time of striking out into untested areas with only common sense and inspiration as guide. That it had succeeded was purely fortuitous and certainly not confidently anticipated.