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1 + 1 = 3 but 2 + 2 ≠ 5, or Should You Apply to NUS College?

What do Yale-NUS's first recruitment campaign and George Orwell's 1984 have to do with each other? In conjunction with NUS Open Day, alumnus Daryl Yang '19 reflects on recent developments surrounding NUS College, and offers his advice to prospective students on what to expect there.

Dear Yale-NUS, Do You Really Like Meat That Much?

Story | Arena/Topaz Zega (she/they) Photo | Ansh Akshintulu (he/him) Vegetarians and vegans know you have heard it, O’ Yale-NUS student, bastion of free thinking, esoteric...

2 Months on from COP26, Will Singapore Do Enough?

i'dECO argues that Singapore's COP26 commitments could have been much stronger, and suggests actions for transformative change.

Mapping the Road to 2025: The Editors’ Perspective

If the shock announcement made you feel that the story has ended, don’t forget we have still four more years to go. 

Consultative Leadership Needed to Repair Trust Deficit in NUS

"Tan spoke about winning over students on his vision. Intellectually, I could be persuaded to believe in his vision, but I have minimal faith in his leadership. "

The New College: Fantastic Hopes and How It (Probably) Can’t Achieve Them

It has become a cliché universally tired of that the New College seeks to combine the best of its parts. Unfortunately, this is a lofty claim that comes with mountainous challenges that the New College may—or may not—overcome.

Will the New College be “a paragon of academic freedom in Singapore” like Yale-NUS?

Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing called Yale-NUS a "paragon of academic freedom." Would the New College live up to one of its predecessors? Daniel and Daryl weigh in.

Is Creating the College of Design and Engineering Worth the Effort?

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?

Why the New College Does Not “Broaden Access to an Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Education”

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.

An Open Letter to the Donors of Yale-NUS College

A group of students and alumni from Yale-NUS reached out to The Octant with an open letter to the college’s donors.

How NUS Broke Our Trust

Students came to Yale-NUS for a promise and only found that it was "recklessly broken," Avery bemoans.

The Yale-NUS Story is a Singaporean Story

Ryan discusses how Yale-NUS has a story that mirrors key aspects of the Singapore story.

Architects of Failure: the “New College’s” Poorly Constructed Student Experience

David discusses how Yale-NUS architecture was designed and how it speaks the unfeasibility of the New College.

A Means to an End: The Strategic Failures of the Yale-NUS Experiment

Why would NUS dissolve two perfectly functioning programs to form a marginally larger college that cannot guarantee the quality of education of the previous two? Ryan weighs in.

Did the Yale-NUS Experiment Fail? No, but the New College Might

Neither Yale-NUS nor USP failed, but the New College very well might. What has to be done to make it work? Alumni Daniel '19 and Daryl '19 weigh in.

New Beginnings, Same Old NUS Mistakes

What is unique about the Yale-NUS model that the New College might not be able to emulate?

The Neoliberal Arts

The “New” in the new college stands for Neoliberal arts, Shawn Hoo ‘20 opines.

From Curd to Butter to Ghee: On Post-Merger Possibilities

Guest writer and alumnus Daryl Yang '19 reflects on the news of Yale-NUS' impending closure.

Our College’s Decolonial Possibilities

Instead of trying to “decolonize” the university, Faris argues that we can and should take it as a conduit for decolonial possibilities

From Down Atrocious to Up Good: A Case Study on Dumpster-Fire Vibes Reduction

Our former managing editor Harrison returns with a heartfelt reflection on the highs and lows of his time at Yale-NUS

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