Yale-NUS College

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Yale-NUS College

Postby rosemummy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:33 pm

Extract of letter from NUS President:

I am happy to announce that, with the strong support of the NUS Board of Trustees, MOE, and the Yale Corporation, agreement has been reached with Yale to establish the Yale-NUS College at NUS.

At the heart of this historic partnership is a strong desire of both our Universities to work together to make a significant contribution to educational innovation for the future. The Yale-NUS College will develop a novel curriculum and an integrated residential education model that is new to Singapore and Asia, which we believe can serve as a catalyst for new thinking and enhancements in liberal arts education globally.

Central to the distinctiveness of the Yale-NUS College experience will be:

· A novel curriculum that will synthesize Western and Asian ideas and perspectives with an integrated general education spanning the first two years of study, before concentration on a major. The general education component will therefore be much greater than other courses in NUS (including NUS’ University Scholars’ Programme), where breadth-requirements typically make up about 25% of the curriculum.

· A pedagogy that will emphasize critical thinking and intense classroom interaction. Most classes will be taught in seminar-style with 18 or fewer students.

· A residential college experience for all students throughout their years of undergraduate study. The three residential colleges, adapted from the highly successful Yale College model, will create a strong sense of community where living and learning are intentionally integrated. State-of-the-art learning and student-life facilities and interaction spaces will be provided in the core campus, with additional facilities designed into each college itself.

· A rich array of co-curricular activities, including global, internship and leadership programmes, which will focus particularly on developing leadership skills and teamwork, and also encouraging community service.

When it opens in 2013, the Yale-NUS College will provide an unparalleled opportunity for high-potential students who are seeking a broad-based education that enables them to build a wide intellectual base while being able to think deeply and rigorously about specific issues. The College will also offer its students a number of specially designed double-degree programmes with other Faculties at NUS. Together with the rich residential life and co-curricular activities, students will have the opportunity to develop holistically.

The Yale-NUS College will be located to the north of NUS’ main campus at Kent Ridge. It will be designed for a student body of 1,000, with each of the three residential colleges catering to about 330 students. The College will hire its own permanent faculty, complemented by NUS and Yale faculty members who may opt to teach for a semester, a year, or longer.

The Yale-NUS College will be an autonomous college of NUS. It will be headed by a College President who will be assisted by a team of Vice-Presidents. The College will also appoint a number of Deans with responsibilities for faculty recruitment, student life, curriculum development, international and professional experience, and the development of educational resources and technology. Charles Bailyn, the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor at Yale, has agreed to be the inaugural Dean of the Faculty, with responsibility for faculty recruitment.

I am delighted that many NUS faculty members and staff have expressed support for and interest in contributing to this initiative. NUS faculty participation may occur in the following ways:

· NUS faculty with a strong interest in, and record of, teaching and pedagogical innovation may be considered for transfer to the College or be seconded for more than a year;

· NUS faculty may offer courses designed for College students; or

· College students may enrol in courses taught by NUS faculty at NUS.

For friends and supporters of NUS who are interested to contribute in one way or another, please contact Professor Lily Kong, Vice-President (University and Global Relations) (lilykong@nus.edu.sg, tel: 6516 8001), who has been truly instrumental in leading this project at NUS.

The establishment of the Yale-NUS College marks the beginning of a very strategic partnership that will offer prospective students a unique undergraduate option at NUS of the highest quality. It will help NUS to attract top students from Singapore, Asia and beyond, even as the competition for such talent continues to intensify internationally. Through this College and working very closely with Yale, NUS also has the opportunity to help shape the development of higher education in Asia and beyond.

Most importantly, the College will prepare high potential students – from Singapore and beyond – for leadership and engaged citizenship in a complex and rapidly changing world where Asia will play an increasingly prominent role.


Very exciting development having 1 of the best liberal arts college in our own shore.

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Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:26 pm

NYU is setting up in Shanghai
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Postby Edureach » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:11 pm

Hi! Me unable to contribute here as no indept knowhow. He he.... Sorry.

My daughter is reading Maths, physics, econs and literature and has shown interest in this programme. Need parents with indept on tertiary education with a balanced view here in autolycus, chenonceau, innovate, noob to contribute on this exciting new develpopment. Anyone of these parents is good enough.

Your contribution is appreciated. Thank you in advance. :D

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Postby vlim » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:17 pm

I am pretty excited over this news also. Just wonder how it works for double degree.. :? ...Someone pls enlighten me .. :wink:

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Postby rosemummy » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:30 pm

verykiasu2010 wrote:NYU is setting up in Shanghai


YNC model is very different from NYU. For NYU, they're already in Singapore (Tisch, NYU@NUS) and Abu Dhabi. The students can choose to study at any of the campus. This is also the case for Insead. For YNC, the degree is awarded by NUS and YNC. You don't get a degree awarded by Yale and don't have a choice of studying there (except possibly as an exchange student). That's how stringent and how far a top tier Ivy would go to protect the value of their degree. But I think this is possibly the 1st time we see such tie-up by a top tier Ivy, which I would include only Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Wharton (not the rest of Penn). NYU is in a slightly different league, though it's a really good university, especially for law and business.

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Postby rosemummy » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:38 pm

vlim wrote:I am pretty excited over this news also. Just wonder how it works for double degree.. :? ...Someone pls enlighten me .. :wink:


What do you mean by double degree? As in you get 2 degree from 2 different universities or 2 degrees in 2 different disciplines from the same university? Not sure about YNC but it is possible in US. I've friends on dual track, graduating with a bachelor and a master degree in less than 5 years from universities like Stanford.

Do note that if your major is both within Arts, you get 1 degree with Double Major.

For professional discipllines like Law and Medicine, you can only do it after getting your 1st degree.

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Re: Yale-NUS College

Postby dasalo » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:17 am

Today is the open house for YNC. Anyone going or went, appreciate your inputs at this thread. Thanks.

ps. Yesterday was tea session for the NS men.

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Re: Yale-NUS College

Postby Edureach » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:01 pm

Went with my ds yesterday though he will only be enlisted this May and can only matriculate in 2014. Yesterday programme was better because they served food with nice mee-siam but for today, no food. Sorry!

Summary of what i had found out yesterday:

1. New college within the UTown will be ready by end 2014.
2. Pioneer intake will matriculate in July 2013. Intake approx 150 students.
3. New college will adopt Yale's distinctive feature- Residential College System.
4. Every student is guaranteed an opportunity to study abroad or to hve an overseas internship.
5. Students can apply for reasearch grants to untertake projects subject to approval.
5. 4-year course and students shall graduate with YaleNUS Degree.6.
6. New collge also hve a double degree prog with NUS Law school and grads will be conferred with NUS Law Degree in addition to YaleNUS Degree. Law grads can also take the Bar exam and qualify as solicitors of high court. Total duration 5 years. Course S$17500-S$20,000?yr. Annual intake 15-25 students.
7. Another double degree prog is the concurrent degree with Enviropmental Studies at Yale. Grads will graduate with Yale's degree in addition to YaleNUS Degree in liberal arts. Total duration 5 yrs. Not sure of course fee.
8. All candiates must sit for an essay test cum interview.
9. Classroom size max 18 students.
10. Professors from YaleNUS and visiting professors from Yale to teach.

Suitable for very high ability well-balanced stuidents.

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Re: Yale-NUS College

Postby dasalo » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:33 pm

Edureach wrote:Went with my ds yesterday though he will only be enlisted this May and can only matriculate in 2014. Yesterday programme was better because they served food with nice mee-siam but for today, no food. Sorry!

Summary of what i had found out yesterday:


Sorry, I cut your post.

Haha....thanks Edureach on your post. I shall relate this to my dd whom will probably be in for the first batch if she is able and interested.

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Re:

Postby 2ppaamm » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:42 pm

vlim wrote:I am pretty excited over this news also. Just wonder how it works for double degree.. :? ...Someone pls enlighten me .. :wink:

Double degree means that the student gets to work on 2 degrees in the same university. Typically, it takes a shorter time to do a double degree than to do two degrees sequentially.

Normally, to meet the requirements for a double degree intake, you will need to pass the entrance requirements for both schools. For example, if you want to take a double degree in liberal arts and law, you will have to pass the entrance requirement for liberals arts and law faculties.

A double degree normally takes a shorter time because time is saved from doing some university core subjects twice. For most disciplines, there are university core subjects and some electives. Instead of electives and core, these students take subjects from the other degree.

Give an example: Instead of taking some electives like other liberal arts students, a double degree students will take law subjects to fulfill the law degree. At the same time, the electives for a law student is fulfilled through courses from the liberal arts degree. Typically, a student can save about 30% of time. A law and liberal arts can perhaps be earned in 5 to 6 years normally.

Hope I make things clear here? I am curious what a liberal arts college will do to the Singapore scene. Top Liberal Arts students are not getting jobs in America, and there is a movement towards specialized degrees. Broadbased degrees are not really in 'fashion' these days. Again, that's just one view, and remember US was in recession for the last few quarters and therefore this talk has been rampant.

If you are looking for a broadbased education, then the liberal arts is really good to expand the minds. The courses are normally rigorous, and students are developed in at least 3 areas: arts, social sciences and science. Not sure about Yale, but many will allow the student to choose one area to specialize.

There are always specifics in each university, and there is also a difference between UK, American, and other universities. I have not addressed the differences here. Just giving a general answer.

I have not looked at Yales program, so I can't comment specifically. But here's my summarized take. :smile:

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