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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

Was Yale-NUS an Unusual College Experience?

Graduating senior Jasmine looks back on the four-year long Yale-NUS journey she's finally reached the end of. Here's what it all means to her.

No More Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment is more common in Singaporean school than you think. In this piece, Nicole, Celine, and Luke argue that to uphold the quality of education and defend children’s rights, corporal punishment needs to be banned.

The Good Place?: Reflections on Narrative Ethics in Singapore

In collaboration with our partners, Panoramic, a global magazine run by students at the University of Cambridge, we are excited to announce the first article written by Genevieve. In this piece, she reflects the strengths and limitations of narrative ethics, drawing from her experience in Singapore.

Diversity Apathy: Do Yale-NUS students really care about diversity?

Within Yale-NUS, events engaging with a whole range of social issues never end, but the turn-outs for these events are usually not high. Does this mean that we don’t care? In this piece, Daniel talks to several students about their perceptions of diversity apathy.

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