"There's nothing Yale could have done."
The Octant interviews Prof. Charles Bailyn, inaugural Dean of Faculty for Yale-NUS College from 2011 to 2016, on his feelings on the closure of Yale-NUS and what role Yale University has played in this narrative.
Ken, a second year student from the School of Design and Environment, discusses the merits of merging his college with the Faculty of Engineering (FOE). Is it a well-thought-out expansion of interdisciplinary education, or a corporate rebranding of FOE?
Echoing NUS President Tan Eng Chye’s opinion piece on Saturday, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing told Parliament on Monday that the merger will create a more inclusive and interdisciplinary educational experience. Evan reports.
Existing commentators have explored the possible underlying dynamics, highlighted potential issues, and suggested next steps to make the best of the YNC closure and establishment of NC. Yi Ming Ng, ’21, and Rohan Naidu, ’17 step back and ask if the move is justified.
With the slogan #NoMoreTopDown, NUS students released a petition against the merger of six colleges. The petition is jointly written by the students across NUS and encouraged the community to sign the petition against an “unaccountable, impractical and harmful” merger.