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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.

“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. 

“No regrets. Except that my hair has turned a bit white”: Tan Tai Yong on His Eight Years at Yale-NUS

Interviewed for the first time since the shock announcement of the college 'merger', Yale-NUS President Prof. Tan Tai Yong shares his experiences of building up the college from scratch.

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.

Red Tape or Confidentiality? Restrictions Surround Information Sharing, Student Engagement For New College Working Groups

WG Student representatives are not required to carry consultations with students without an approval or request from their Chairs, said Prof. Ho Teck Hua.

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.

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.

“Destroying Crops Before They Are Ready to Harvest”: Yale-NUS Alumni Release Statement

A statement signed by over 500 alumni from the Classes of 2017 to 2021 was released on Sept. 26. The statement highlighted the unique value proposition of a Liberal Arts College education offered at Yale-NUS and questioned the reasons behind the closures of Yale-NUS and USP.

Yale-NUS Faculty Members Release Open Letter Regarding College Closure

Though the statement was authored through an “informal sharing process” and is not representative of all faculty opinion, it is the first public statement by faculty members since the announcement of the merger.

Baffled, Cheated, and Frustrated, But Trying to Hope: Yale-NUS Deferred Matriculants Share Their Perspectives on “Merger” and New College

The morning of August 27 was also a fateful one for the many deferred matriculants who had already committed themselves to Yale-NUS College. Hong Jin speaks to them to learn about their dreams, their stories, and their hopes as they grapple with the impending closure of the liberal arts college.

Yale-NUS Deferred Matriculants Offered Four-Year Residency and Choice of Degree Program; Financial Aid Reapplication Needed

In a virtual town hall, Yale-NUS administrators and staff shared concessions for the delayed matriculants, who are no longer able to join the college despite being promised so. Hong Jin reports.

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.

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.

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