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Yale College faculty statement an "internal issue": Education Minister

The Education Ministry shares the same disappointment expressed by NUS and many Singaporeans about the resolution passed by the Yale College faculty members, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Yale College faculty statement an "internal issue": Education Minister

File photo: Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE: The Education Ministry shares the same disappointment expressed by NUS and many Singaporeans about the resolution passed by the Yale College faculty members, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

But this was essentially an internal issue to Yale, which was being addressed by the Yale administration, Mr Heng said in a written parliamentary reply to MP for Marine Parade GRC Tin Pei Ling.

He said the Yale administration has also discussed with NUS on how they could jointly correct any misconceptions about Singapore among the different stakeholders of the university.

Mr Heng noted that several thoughtful Singaporeans and foreigners who understood Singapore well had written in various fora to provide fair and objective perspectives of Singapore's society.

He said how others view Singapore would be shaped to a large extent by their interactions with Singaporeans here and overseas.

"We must therefore continue to encourage such interactions. All of us have a role in helping others better understand Singapore, our values and our way of life," Mr Heng said.

The Yale-NUS College is expected to admit its first cohort of students in August 2013.

Mr Heng noted that there was strong interest from students, and the college had received over 800 applications in its first admission exercise.

Mr Heng said the college had also made good progress in faculty recruitment and curriculum development.

Source: CNA/wm

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