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Freshie’s Spotlight: Happiness at YNC is…

Cindy interviewed four freshie from Class of 2025 on their discovery of happiness and strength at YNC.

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."

Yale-NUS Cancels Week 7 Program Amid New COVID Restrictions; Graduation Requirement Waived

The decision made to comply with the heightened Covid-19 restrictions in Singapore. No possibility of postponement has been mentioned.

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.

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.

Back to School: Yale-NUS in the Week After Closure Announcement

“The sky is falling and I’m expected to do readings.” Naia writes about how Yale-NUS grapples with the psychological trauma after the closure announcement.

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?

Living With Heartbreak

In this personal essay, Anna Evtushenko ’17 discusses the differences and similarities in our experiences of loss and how she doesn’t make sense of it.

Cost Not Main Motivation for Closure, Part of NUS Roadmap to Make Interdisciplinary Education More Accessible: Education Minister

Echoing NUS President Tan Eng Chye’s opinion piece on Saturday, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing told Parliament on Monday that the merger will create a more inclusive and interdisciplinary educational experience. Evan reports.

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.

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.

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