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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.

BREAKING: NUS Students Release Petition Against Mergers

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.

Few Senior Figures had a Voice in Yale-NUS and USP Merger Decision

Following the decision to merge Yale-NUS College with the University Scholars Programme, The Octant learns that many key stakeholders were not involved in the decision-making process.

A Planned Catastrophe: Yale-NUS to Close in 2025

Yesterday’s news left the Yale-NUS community with much information and many feelings to process. Here’s a timeline of how the plan unfolded since June, with a look from the inside in an exclusive interview with the College’s administrators.

College of Humanities and Science: Is NUS making another Yale-NUS?

On Dec. 8, 2020, the National University of Singapore (NUS) launched the College of Humanities and Science (CHS), a collaboration between Faculty of Arts...

NUS Students in our Shared Spaces

“Could we then think of how we can make our spaces here in Yale-NUS to be one for more than just Yale-NUS students?” Shawn Kit speaks to the NUS students who share classes, student organisations and library seats with us to find out more.

From Arrow to Algorithm: The Aphrodite Project Could Find You True Love

Come this Sunday, participants of the Aphrodite Project might be matched with their soulmates. Michael speaks to the creators behind the campus-wide matchmaking survey to find out more.

Rest and Support at NUS’ “Pit Stop”

Alicia ventures into NUS to tell us more about the resources available to us a bus ride away.

Better than Revenge: Rethinking Justice for Survivors of Sexual Violence

After Monica Baey’s experience as a survivor of sexual violence went viral, public attention has focused on the appropriate penalties that her perpetrator should receive. Daryl and Alysha discuss why we should consider more pluralistic, rather than punitive, forms of justice for survivors of sexual violence.

Where’s the NUS in Yale-NUS?

story | Ethel Pang, Contributing Reporter photo | Elesin Teo, Chief Photographer   As a “true-blue” Singaporean, I find that I can easily flit between two (very...

Is Yale-NUS Safe?

Do you feel comfortable keeping your doors unlocked? Leaving stuff around? What do you do when stuff goes missing? Amanda talks to students who have experienced theft at Yale-NUS College.

The Yale-NUS Premium

Yale-NUS graduates earn more than their NUS and NTU counterparts with similar degrees. But they also pay more for tuition, so how does the math stack up? Jia Qi crunches some numbers to find out.

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