Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Education (a) how will a diverse curriculum that includes the liberal arts be ensured for the new NUS College and its students in order to maintain the inter-disciplinary and global perspectives from Yale-NUS College (YNC) and NUS’ University Scholars Programme (USP) experiences; and (b) how will small-group teaching and vibrant residential living be kept for students of both the YNC in the interim, and the new NUS College.
Mr Chan Chun Sing: In line with NUS’s broader plans to enhance interdisciplinary learning, NUS will merge the best elements of Yale-NUS College (YNC) and the NUS’ University Scholars Programme (USP) to form the new NUS College. NUS College will offer an education model that is interdisciplinary, inclusive and accessible. It will have a diverse and vibrant student community, with small-group teaching within a residential living and learning environment.
The curriculum of NUS College will draw on the liberal arts tradition, supplemented with data and computational studies which are critical areas of skills and expertise for the future. There will be a flagship Global Pathway Programme, which will give students the opportunity to spend six months to a year overseas, where they will participate in curated activities centred around specific themes such as technology, entrepreneurship, diplomacy, and environmental and climate action.
NUS remains fully committed to preserving the education experience for YNC students in the meantime. Students will continue to have access to the full range of majors and minors currently offered by YNC until 2025. There will be no change to class sizes or to YNC’s current practice of small-group teaching and residential learning.
Ministry of Education
15 February 2022