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National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566

  Appointment: HEAD
  Office: SDE1-03-03
  Tel: 6516-3415
  Fax: 6774-8684
  Curriculum Vitae (CV):

YU Shi-Ming obtained his undergraduate degree in Urban Valuation from the University of Auckland, NZ, under the Colombo Plan Scholarship. He obtained his Masters and PhD from the University of Reading, UK. He joined NUS as a Senior Tutor in 1981 and since then has extensive teaching, research and consultancy experience over the last 30 years. He has taught and published in the areas of real estate appraisal, housing and urban and facilities management. He has published in the leading journals in real estate such as Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Environment and Planning, Journal of Property Research, Journal of Property Investment and Finance and Journal of Property Tax Assessment and Administration.

Dr Yu currently is a board member of the Asian Real Estate Society and the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress and a member of the RICS Asian Education Standards Board. Locally, he is a member of the Resource Acquisition and Compensation Panel, member of the Resource Panel for the Government Parliamentary Committee of the Ministries of National Development and Environment and Water Resources, member of the executive committee of the West Coast Town Council and Vice-chairman of the West Coast Consultative Committee.  He was also a past president of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers and the Asian Real Estate Society.

At NUS, he was Vice-Dean of the School of Design and Environment from 2000-2007 and Head of the Department of Real Estate from 2007-2013. He is currently appointed as Interim Head.

He was awarded the Ministry of National Development Medallion in 2016 and 2015. He was also awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002 and the Commendation Medal (Military) in 2004. He was NSman of the Year 1999. He was awarded the Public Service Star for his contribution to the Ministry for National Development in 2017.

  • Real estate investments, values, prices and appraisals
  • Asset and facilities management and green and sustainability issues
  • Housing provision, affordability, pricing and other issues

  • Dip Urban Valuation (Hons), University of Auckland, NZ, 1978
  • MSc Urban Land Appraisal (Distinction), University of Reading, UK, 1983
  • PhD Land Management, University of Reading, UK, 1989 


Top 3 publications in the last 3 years:

1. Yu SM and Sing TF (2016) "Government's role in housing: the case of Singapore", Housing Finance International.

2. Seek NH, Sing TF and Yu SM (2015) "Singapore's Real Estate: 50 Years of Transformation", World Scientific Publishing, 283 pp.

3. Yu SM and Tu Y (2014) "Are green buildings worth more because they cost more?" Real Estate Research, GCREC.


  • RE1104 Principles of Real Estate Valuation

  • RE3101 Advanced Real Estate Valuation

  • RE3106 Residential Property Management

  • RE5009 Commercial Real Estate Appraisal

  • Member, RICS Asian Education Standards Board, 2012-present
  • Council Member, West Coast Town Council, 2011-present
  • Member, HDB Board, 2009-2015
  • Member, Council for Estate Agencies, 2010-2016

  • Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member, Association of Property & Facilities Management
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers

  Last Modified: 2017-11-07