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China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on test

Postby caroline3sg » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:21 pm

China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on test

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An undergraduate from an elite Chinese university has accused the National University of Singapore (NUS) of being insensitive, after it set a test question that appeared to insult China.

NUS held a recruitment exercise on Sept 27 at China's renowned Fudan University, where its students were invited to apply into NUS' Life Sciences faculty as researchers.

The seminar was hosted by three NUS professors.

Interested applicants had to sit for an impromptu English competency test.

The short 20-minute test required the students to write an essay on the topic: "What have you learned from the Wenzhou train accident?"
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The tragedy on July 23 this year involving a collision between two high-speed trains had claimed 40 lives.

In an online blog post, the student from the university complained about the controversial topic and demanded that the school apologise.

To the student, the subject was politically-sensitive and the question carried a mocking undertone.

The fourth-year student at Fudan University wrote a harshly-worded online post to criticise NUS's choice of question for the test.

"I feel violated! ...this topic is discriminatory no matter how you interpret it! The professor should have considered that this is a very controversial topic before putting it forward to top Chinese students at such a formal setting!" said the student.

An NUS spokesperson clarified that it had no intention to belittle or disrespect the country, or those affected by the Wenzhou train tragedy.

NUS also said that the matter has been resolved with the help of colleagues at Fudan University.

The train accident remains a blot on the safety record of China's much-touted high-speed rail and has greatly decreased public confidence in the rail network.

It also raised concerns that the world's second-largest economy was sacrificing safety in its rush to develop.

Source: Shin Min Daily News

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNe ... 03384.html

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Could it have been she was not able to produce the essay as it was an impromptu test that made her blow this issue up?

I see no intention on the part of NUS as it merely chooses a current topic relevant to China. It is a question, not a statement of criticism.

Rather, it shows she is adopting the same mentality as the Chinese government of covering up - refusing journalists to probe on the reason of crash, that is to divert the attention on her Eng inability to the insensitivity of NUS.

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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby looking4Tutor » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:53 pm

Don't ask stupid question? Don't cook curry? They come they conquered and they will win. Just like what they did in Suzhou till now we must still say it is a very sucessful investment.

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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:18 pm

what the student said is correct : it is a controversial topic

NUS should be more sensitive than that

NUS should put themselves in the shoes of the students : how will the Fudan authority interpret the essay to be written ?

What if the student wrote a good critique and laid out all the pros and cons but the Chinese authority may interpret it as a direct criticism of the government - the students may ended up like Ai Wei Wei. There is real political risks involved as far as the students are concerned - whether they get into NUS or not is a separate issue.

Would NUS asked the students to comment on June 4, 1989 incident ? They are in the same genre
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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby limlim » Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:30 pm

I don't feel there is any problem with the question..

They could look from a technical point of view of what went wrong, how to have a robust system etc.. Nobody is asking them to comment on the handling of the accident.. the student read too much into it lah..

For e.g., why we never heard of MRT train crashes in SG? Bcoz the system is designed such that if the train in front never leaves the station in front, the current train cannot leave the current station. The electrical circuitry or the system should ensure that.

Also, sensor must be connected such that if the wires are broken, it gives the same signal as there is a train in front. So that any sensor fault would trigger a "false" alarm instead of a sensor fault unable to trigger any alarm.

Also, they can talk about increasing the safety factor etc.. how is it a controversial topic?????

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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:49 pm

the people of SG and CN are living in 2 different worlds.

people in SG won't be able to appreciate the mindset and political concerns of people who live in CN.
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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby jtoh » Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:40 pm

The question may not seem insensitive to us but to those in China where the wounds are still raw, it could be interpreted as insensitive. NUS could have posed a different question and still have achieved their objective of assessing a candidate's ability without ruffling feathers.

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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby concern2 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:47 pm

Gooood, don't come, don't take the test! Singapore like that one, it is your first taste of it! :evil:

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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby schweppes » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:29 pm

verykiasu2010 wrote:the people of SG and CN are living in 2 different worlds.

people in SG won't be able to appreciate the mindset and political concerns of people who live in CN.


... and vice versa.

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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby Intermezzo » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:36 pm

就事论事, i also feel it's rather an insensitive topic to set.
it's just a test on English standard, not social sciences, current affairs etc.
and the way the question was phrased "what have you learned from.." sounds very superior.

it's like if our students want to apply to 北大 and they test our students' chinese standards by asking
李敖说新加坡人无知,请举例子说明。。
(just fishing around for an example keke.. what i mean is that it's the 揭人疮疤 kind of thing.. so totally unnecessary for the occasion.)


(from the link, it seems the NUS lecturer who set this essay topic is actually an ang-moh?.. well.. you know what some of them are like..)

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Re: China student slams NUS for 'insensitive' question on te

Postby concern2 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:41 pm

Intermezzo wrote:it's like if our students want to apply to 北大 and they test our students' chinese standards by asking
李敖说新加坡人无知,请举例子说明。。
(just fishing around for an example keke.. what i mean is that it's the 揭人疮疤 kind of thing.. so totally unnecessary for the occasion.)



:rotflmao: :rotflmao:

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