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University Review Committee says no to 4th university for Singapore

The Government proposes to provide an additional 3,500 university places to meet the 25% cohort participation rate (CPR) target by 2010. 

The present three universities - National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) - collectively had an undergraduate enrolment of about 38,000 students in 2001.

The Committee proposes an expanded public university sector that comprises two large comprehensive universities (NUS Kent Ridge & NTU) and 3 'niche' institutions (SMU, NUS Outram and NUS Buona Vista).

The Committee recommends that NUS be transformed into a multi-campus university system comprising three autonomous campuses - NUS Kent Ridge, NUS Buona Vista and NUS Outram.

NUS Kent Ridge will retain its existing spread of disciplines with an enrolment of 23,900 undergraduates.

NUS Buona Vista will be a research-intensive university providing for 4,000 postgraduates and 2,000 to 4,000 undergraduates with research inclinations.

NUS Outram will be a small specialised institution providing medical and possibly health sciences education. The proposed Graduate Medical Programme (GMP) that leads to an MD degree will have an intake of 50 per year. In the longer term, a School of Health Sciences may be set up to cater for about 350 undergraduates studying allied health science courses. NUS Outram could then have an undergraduate enrolment of about 1,000 and a GMP enrolment of about 200. 

The Committee recommends that NTU expand into a full-fledged comprehensive university to include disciplines in the physical sciences, humanities, design and media. NTU's annual intake will grow to about 6,000 students (from its current intake of 4,400) and have a steady state undergraduate enrolment of about 22,300. 

The Committee recommends that SMU should continue in its existing role as a quality university offering business and management education, with a steady state enrolment of 6,200.

The Committee is open to a small number of good quality private universities setting up in Singapore.

The Committee notes that with there is a need to review the university admission system in the near future. Out of the overall university CPR of 25%, the Committee expects that 19%-points could come from the junior colleges and 6%-points from the polytechnic route. The Committee recommends that the universities and MOE fine-tune the university admission system. There should be a reasonable balance in intake from the two sources as well as of candidates with other qualifications.

Excerpted from Preliminary Findings of The Committee to Review the University Sector and Graduate Manpower Planning - 2 Jan 2003

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3 January 2003

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Singapore's newest Junior College opens today. Meridian Junior College, costing almost S$50 million, starts with 700 students, a quarter of whom scored 15 points or less, at a 6 ha site in Pasir Ris. It is the first school to have a library that is designed and managed by the National Library Board. (H1)

In the past three years, 38-year-old Teochew clan, Teo Ann Huay Kuan, has seen its numbers grow from 1,400 members, mostly in their 60s, to 3,000 members, with half of them in their 30s and 40s, and some even younger. (H4)




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