BrightSparks Forum

Go Back   BrightSparks Singapore Scholarship & Higher Education Forum > BrightSparks Community > BrightSparks Cafe
Click Here if you forgot your password.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-11-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
GSC1989
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Singapore
Posts: 408
GSC1989 has a neutral reputation
Default 4th University in Singapore - What are your expectations?

Not sure if there's such a thread yet. . What do you guys/girls think about the upcoming university in 2011 ? As far as I know it hasn't been named yet but I heard that its going to use multi-disciplinary broad based education (through their DDPs) as its main theme to try to attract students.
GSC1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2009, 10:35 AM   #2
Tama-Chan
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Singapore
Posts: 11
Tama-Chan has a neutral reputation
Default

Not much, I believe initially it will only serve as 'expansion' so that there will be more Singapore graduate students in the future. I am quite sure that there will be massive spending on advertisements and perks to attract more student since it will be new university after all. Perhaps like SMU, it will initially specialise into particular field for example Business and Management for SMU while it will slowly build its reputation and expansion to other courses. Quality wise, I think it will be at least comparable to other universities since it is Singapore after all.

If I graduate from JC or Polytechnic in 2011, will I go there? Nope since I am a cautious person and will prefer a more recognized and internationally reputable university which has gone through years of trial and error.
Tama-Chan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2009, 11:45 AM   #3
Ashearo
Moderator
 
Ashearo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1,715
Ashearo has a neutral reputation
Default

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Educatio...812-81840.html

Says that the 4th university will be focused on engineering and applied sciences, business and IT, design and architecture.

Frankly, I do not see how it will be unique from the other three universities. Where are the liberal arts?
__________________


What I say is my OWN opinion
Ashearo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2009, 03:20 PM   #4
GSC1989
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Singapore
Posts: 408
GSC1989 has a neutral reputation
Default

Not sure if it will end up like SMU. SMU did have an extremely strong marketing campaign at the start and I don't really think this 4th university will try to mimic SMU's style and will probably have its own unique selling point.

Whatever it is, I am sure its introduction will have an impact on the other three universities. Because when SMU first launched its double degree programmes, the other two universities felt that it had to respond by introducing their own double degree programmes. They also became more frenzied in terms of promoting their own university as well through talks and the media. After all, healthy competition does breed growth

On a side note, the pioneer batch of SMU students did take risks by pushing themselves into in an unknown university. This very nature of thinking seems to fit really well in the job industry, given that it was the pioneer batch that was most successful in their jobs (and not the later students).

Our education system, for all its academics and rigidity, seems to produce a lot of students that prefer to be "safe" (that includes me also ) than take risks. I think the ministry of education is already aware of the problem. (the endless entrepreneurship campaigns seem to be largely unsuccessful on the government's part)
GSC1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2009, 04:28 PM   #5
studygm
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 80
studygm has a neutral reputation
Default

Since this university is focusing on engineering, applied science etc, it appears it is just a replica of the current NUS.
It would be good if this one is focused more on the entrepreneurial aspects of the engineering and sciences. This is partly lacking in the current course on offer. It could be less technical and more about selling/marketing the products they create.

I feel it is perfectly fine to be 'safe' rather than take risks. Many people take risks but they do not take calculated risks. It is better to be safe than to take blink risks that could result in worse consequences.
__________________
Great tips at
MOD Ashearo EDIT: Link Removed. Read the rules!
studygm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2009, 11:31 AM   #6
teuthophilia
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 25
teuthophilia has a neutral reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ashearo View Post
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Educatio...812-81840.html

Says that the 4th university will be focused on engineering and applied sciences, business and IT, design and architecture.

Frankly, I do not see how it will be unique from the other three universities. Where are the liberal arts?
The university is just meeting demand from students. What fraction of Singaporean A-level grads would seriously consider a liberal arts education?

One thing the new uni really has going for it is location. Seriously, it sucks that NUS and NTU are both in the west. Especially if you live in Hougang. Or Tampines.
teuthophilia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2009, 11:58 AM   #7
yanshuo
Moderator
 
yanshuo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 586
yanshuo has a neutral reputation
Default

Quote:
The new university will emphasise entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary learning. Engineering undergraduates, for instance, will be taught design.

This approach, already adopted by top universities like Stanford University, is aimed at producing more critical thinkers and innovative graduates.
It still doesn't say much about the scope of courses the university will offer.
__________________
Disclaimer: Any advice offered by myself or other moderators / forum members on this forum is just that - mere advice. Neither BrightSparks nor we give any illusion that the information provided is definitive, and take no responsibility for any consequences.

Say hi to us here!
yanshuo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2009, 11:16 AM   #8
GSC1989
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Singapore
Posts: 408
GSC1989 has a neutral reputation
Default

The news has been really quiet on this upcoming university though. Has there been any recent announcements about it? Seems to me they have not even decided on a name yet =S.
GSC1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2009, 12:14 PM   #9
Ashearo
Moderator
 
Ashearo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1,715
Ashearo has a neutral reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by teuthophilia View Post
The university is just meeting demand from students. What fraction of Singaporean A-level grads would seriously consider a liberal arts education?

One thing the new uni really has going for it is location. Seriously, it sucks that NUS and NTU are both in the west. Especially if you live in Hougang. Or Tampines.
You say its meeting demands from students. The government says it will be unique. You say and I say, who will confirm? And please don't aassume not many A level grads will consider a liberal arts education. I have 3 friends i know personally who are pursuing liberal arts in the US. Maybe, i'm just lucky to know this 3 friends, but i'm just saying what I said earlier because if the 4th University is inclined towards liberal arts, only then can it be 'unique' from the rest.

And nope, no updates in the news.
__________________


What I say is my OWN opinion
Ashearo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2009, 11:52 PM   #10
SMUgger
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 85
SMUgger has a neutral reputation
Default

possible LAC within NUS (something like the University College Utrecht/Underwood International College model where the LAC is housed under an established university):

http://claremontportside.com/index.p...h-College.html

Quote:
Any report Claremont seeks requesting endorsement by the Ministry of Education has to be submitted by the end of this calendar year. But the Ministry cannot make a unilateral decision to fund the project. Rather, the Ministry will endorse the proposal if it chooses, create a case for the idea and present it to the Cabinet of Singapore– the country’s executive body, headed by its prime minister. The Cabinet then reviews the proposal to analyze its costs and benefits. Walton expects the Cabinet to see Claremont’s joint proposal with NUS sometime during the second quarter of 2009. “But all of this is subject to change,” he said. “Just like in the United States Congress, things are targeted and often get deferred.”

National University officials would like to found the college sometime in 2013, though the presidents of the Claremont Colleges see that date as optimistic. In the short term, Gann, Oxtoby, Trombley and Walton– the leaders working most closely on the project– plan to travel back to Singapore for proposal negotiations during the third week of October. In addition to meetings with NUS and the Ministry of Education, the team will sit down with Singapore’s Economic Development Board for detailed discussions on the cost of the college.

Everyone agrees that the sixth college will be an “extremely” expensive venture, says Trombley, who noted that Pitzer was only founded with $2 million. But with the support of a government body, possibilities for the new school are widened. “While we were in Singapore, we were shown University Town– this huge college park commissioned for NUS,” Walton said. “Its seventeen buildings are currently under construction, costing Singapore $1.3 billion.” To Walton and the team, this was evidence enough that Singapore’s talk isn’t cheap. “If you can do it,” Walton joked, “it isn’t bragging.”

But worries still remain and won’t fully be addressed until the Cabinet sees the joint proposal. “The question is whether Singapore will really do it right,” Oxtoby added. “The question is, will they put in the resources necessary for a college that we’ll really be proud of? Or will they cut costs? That’s something we can’t say right now.”
I believe the 4th university was never intended to be an LAC. I reckon it is being modelled after the european universities of applied sciences, read more here: http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/press/fi...ec-summary.pdf
SMUgger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +8. The time now is 02:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.