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“NUS College” is NUS’s Top Choice for New College

The new 'top choice' for the official name of the New College has been met with derision and controversy.

New College Dean Will Be Announced in … :Tan Tai Yong

In an interview that took place earlier this month, the President revealed the time when the dean of the New College will be announced and expressed hopes for the leaders of the yet-unborn college.

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. 

Meet Dr. Thomas Hercules Davies, who knows more dead languages than you can name: Yale-NUS Community Connect #3

Tom introduces himself as a philosopher who studies the ancient world (particularly the Greeks). Ancient Greeks and Romans, ancient Indians, ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians, and… Karl Marx. Read more about Tom in Evan's feature.

Expanded Opportunities for Yale-NUS Students, Full Suite of Courses to be Offered until 2025

The Octant, in a conversation with Joanne Roberts, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, discusses the commitments of staff and faculty to create an authentic experience for the Class of 2025 at Yale-NUS College.

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.”

Yale-NUS Reports Two Covid Cases on Campus

The student, who resides in Elm College, is symptomatic and stayed in the college during recess week.

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.

The Octant Explains: How Expensive is Yale-NUS, Really?

In this explainer, Jia Qi compares Yale-NUS's school fees with other small liberal arts colleges and academic programs in Singapore to obtain a sense of scale.

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.

The Yale-NUS Story is a Singaporean Story

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

How I Confronted an Islamophobic Teacher

"I opened the attachment. The title of the presentation was 'Violence in Islam.' Below it were two photos, one of hadith books and one of an extremist group." When a teacher blatantly spreads islamophobia, Soroush recounts how she intervened and stood up for what she believes in.

A Tale of Typhoons, Trains, and Traveling to Singapore

Traveling during a worldwide pandemic is stressful enough. What happens when you add a deadline, a typhoon, and a race across the country?

We visited every restaurant, stall, and diner in UTown so you don’t have to.

So what does UTown have to offer? Which restaurants or stalls are affordable, and which should you avoid? Read on for a gastronomic tour with Michael.

Aunt Agony: “I want to start a commune”

I’m back. We are off to a hectic start of the year, and dilemmas have already poured in. As I am only one student, I will only be answering two dilemmas this week, but for the rest of you, you will have your day.

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

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.

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