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“West Wing” to be NUS College Designation for Portion of Yale-NUS Campus Used; No Renaming Plans until 2025: Roberts

After the name "West Wing" was used to refer to Yale-NUS in correspondence, students feared that the College's identity was being prematurely erased.

“Collaboration, not integration”: NUS College Dean Weighs In On Post-Closure Relationship

Last week, The Octant spoke to Dean-designate of NUS College Simon Chesterman about the future of Yale-NUS and NUS College.

Cinnamon College to House All NUS College Freshmen; Inclusion among Concerns

Dean-designate of NUS College Simon Chesterman confirmed that NUS plans to house the entire inaugural cohort of NUS College in Cinnamon College. This arrangement had not been discussed at Working Group student consultations.

Less Than 5% of Students Satisfied With New College Planning Process: USP-YNC Poll

The poll results were released alongside a statement detailing four proposed commitments to the New College Planning Committee.

Which NUS Modules do Yale-NUS Students Take?

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences comprised 61% of all NUS module enrollments by Yale-NUS students in the last five semesters.

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. "

NUS Students Weigh in on Process and Shortcomings of Merger Announcements

“You’re not exempt from what you’re teaching us,” Alefiya said. “You’re teaching us the power of speech and critical thought, and you’re not exempt from following it.”

FASS, FOS, FOE, and SDE Faculty Members and Student Representatives Unaware of “Extensive Consultations” With NUS President

Tan previously claimed that he consulted with every department in the affected faculties: "So that's the facts. Check with any department. I was there."

NUS President Tan Eng Chye Challenged, Dismissed Students’ Concerns in Heated Town Hall Q&A

The downside of the decision is that "I have incurred the anger of the Yale-NUS community," said NUS President Tan Eng Chye.

NUS’s “First #MeToo Incident” Was in 2019; New College to be Less Autonomous: Tan Eng Chye

Tan described the need for the New College policies to fit into the wider NUS ecosystem, which may affect several Yale-NUS policies, including those on sexual misconduct.

NUS President: University-Wide Restructuring to Include School of Computing; Yale Offered to Help Yale-NUS With Fundraising

Tan also described plans for the transition to the New College and fielded questions on accountability and transparency during a combative live Q&A session.

Closure Was Accelerated While in a “Position of Strength”: NUS President Tan Eng Chye

Since the “merger” was made public on August 27, there has been little clarity on the deliberations behind the heavy-handed decision. This town hall, however, provided important details.

“At Yale We Build to Last”: An Interview With Charles Bailyn, Yale-NUS Inaugural Dean of Faculty

"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.

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?

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.

Automatic Admission to New College, CHS Offered to Deferred Matriculants

Deferred matriculants, who are currently holding on to offers from Yale-NUS College, have received a guaranteed admission offer to both the New College and CHS.

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.

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