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IAAP shares findings on Singapore's university landscape

15 November 2010

IAAP: (From left) IAAP Chairman Dr Tony Tan, Boston University President Dr Robert Brown, University of Helsinki's Former Chancellor Dr Kari Olavi Raivio, University of Cambridge Former Vice-Chancellor Prof Alison Richard, Delft University of Technology President Mr Dirk Jan van den Berg and NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell

After a five-day meeting, IAAP (International Academic Advisory Panel) members convened to share their recommendations and strategies for Singapore's tertiary sector. Chairing the press conference which was held on 12 November 2010 was Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of the National Research Foundation and Singapore Press Holdings.

The IAAP commended NUS, NTU and SMU on their endeavours to continuously innovate their education and research programmes to deliver high-quality graduates and research outcomes. The panel noted that the three universities have made remarkable progress to become world-class research-intensive universities, without neglecting their key mission of offering a strong foundation in undergraduate education through a student-centric approach.

On the new developments taking shape at the forefront of university education in Singapore, the IAAP said that it strongly endorsed the proposal for NUS and Yale University to establish a liberal arts college. NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) Prof Barry Halliwell noted that both NUS and Yale University were very enthusiastic about the partnership and the finer details were being worked out.

With the timely introduction of the liberal arts college model, there will be a wider range of educational offerings for high potential students. The IAAP viewed that a more diverse student body will strengthen the liberal arts education model and the college should take in a fair share of top international students.

The next IAAP meeting will be held in January 2013.

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