NUS Press is an academic press in Singgapore. It traces its origins to the Singapore University Press, which the University of Singapore established in 1971 as its publishing arm. The press specialises in books and journals that deal with topics on the social sciences and humanities in Asia.

NUS Press
NUS Press
Parent companyNational University of Singapore
Country of originSingapore
Headquarters locationSingapore
DistributionAPD (Southeast Asia)
Chicago Distribution Center (Americas)[1]
Eurospan Group (Europe, Africa, rest of Asia)[2]
Key peoplePeter Schoppert

The Press is organized as a private limited company that is 100% owned by the University.



In 1954, the University of Malaya (founded in 1949) established a Publishing Committee to oversee manage academic publishing in Malaya. The Publishing Committee operated with the assistance of the Oxford University Press, which carried out editing and other back-end work for academic articles the Committee sent to the press for publishing.[3] The committee comprised the university's vice chancellor as its chairman, a librarian, representatives from the University Council and Senate, the Education Ministry, and a representative from the OUP. [4]

In 1959, the University of Malaya split into two autonomous units, with one division in Kuala Lumpur and the other in Singapore. These divisions eventually split in 1962 to become the University of Malaya and the University of Singapore. Despite the split, the two national universities continued to share a publishing arm. By this time, the Publishing Committee had become a limited company called the University of Malay Press (UM Press).[5] The UM Press continued its collaboration with the OUP until 1969.[6] It was not until 1971 that the University of Singapore established its own publishing arm in the Singapore University Press.

In 2002, then NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong approved a new investment plan for the university press, a plan which would allow for a modest expansion of the Singapore University Press' output. This would require that the Press focus its efforts on Asia-related social science and humanities, with concentrations on Singapore, Southeast Asia and East Asia. Subsequently, Singapore University Press was succeeded by a new NUS Press in 2006, reflecting the name of its parent institution and to align the Press closer to the university's overall branding.


The mission of the NUS Press is to enable the dissemination and creation of knowledge through the publishing of scholarly and academic books; and to empower learning, innovation and enterprise for the Singapore- and Asia-focused global community, as a publisher of authoritative works for the trade and professional markets.[7]

Main Subject AreasEdit

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture and Building
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Learning
  • Literature & Linguistics
  • Medicine & Life Sciences
  • Memoirs
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Visual Arts & Visual Culture

Book SeriesEdit

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) - Southeast Asian Publications Series
  • Kyoto CSEAS Series on Asian Studies
  • Challenges of Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia
  • History of Medicine in Southeast Asia
  • IRASEC Studies of Contemporary Southeast Asia
  • Studies in Asian Security



  1. ^ "Publishers served by the Chicago Distribution Center". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  2. ^ Our Distributors
  3. ^ M. Adnan, Hamedi; Rahamad, Mohamad Saleeh (April 2014). "Scholarly Publishing in Malaysia: Origins and Current Development" (PDF). IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS). 19 (4): 69. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ Ibid.
  5. ^ Ibid.
  6. ^ Ibid.
  7. ^ "National University of Singapore". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2012-08-16.

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