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EDB on closure of UNSW Asia


Statement by EDB on closure of UNSW Asia

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia has taken the decision to discontinue the operation of its Asia campus in Singapore with effect from 28 June 2007. UNSW has taken this difficult decision on business grounds after careful thought and due consideration.
Mr Ko Kheng Hwa, Managing Director, EDB said, ※We regret that UNSW has decided to close the Singapore campus. EDB has been fully committed and has worked closely with UNSW from day one towards the establishment of its Singapore campus.§
※EDB welcomes the effort that UNSW is making to minimise disruption to the students currently enrolled in its Singapore campus. We will provide UNSW any facilitation it may require.§
There are many areas of cooperation between UNSW and Singapore which are mutually beneficial, such as foundation schooling for university entry, research collaborations, University of New South Wales school competitions and joint programmes with Singapore institutions. EDB will continue to pursue these areas and strengthen its relationship with UNSW.
※EDB will push ahead with our efforts to realise Singapore*s Global Schoolhouse vision. We are fully committed to developing Singapore into a premier education hub comprising a rich diversity of high quality education institutions and programmes from all over the world.§

Source: News Release 23 May 2007

Subsequent News Releases
Statement by EDB on affected UNSW Asia students and staff
1. UNSW announced yesterday its decision to close its campus in Singapore.

2. EDB welcomes the effort that UNSW is making to minimise the disruption to the students. UNSW has informed EDB that a substantial number of students have indicated interest to take up the scholarship for studies in Australia. For those who are unable to study in Australia, EDB is facilitating discussions between UNSW and the local universities as well as the Ministry of Education to assist in finding alternatives for these students.

3. Mr Ko Kheng Hwa, Managing Director of the Economic Development Board, said, ※The welfare of the affected students and staff is our top concern. We continue to work closely with UNSW and various parties to address their needs.§

4. Together with UNSW, EDB is also helping to link affected staff with various education institutions in Singapore, both public and private. We are heartened by the strong interest shown by these institutions to explore opportunities with the affected staff.

Source: News Release 24 May 2007

Assisting Students Affected by UNSW Asia Closure
1. Following the announcement on 23 May 2007 by University of New South Wales (UNSW) to close down its Singapore campus (UNSW Asia), UNSW has announced measures, including the offer of scholarships, to assist affected students to transfer their courses of study to its campus in Sydney, Australia. The Economic Development Board (EDB) has been working closely with UNSW and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to help the affected students who wish to remain in Singapore and provide options for them to consider for their university studies.

2. The three Singapore Universities 每 National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) 每 have extended their deadline for application for academic year 2007 to 4 June 2007 for the affected students enrolled in or who have accepted offers from UNSW Asia. (The original deadline for application for NUS and NTU was on 1 Apr 2007, and that for SMU was on 10 Apr 2007.)

3. The three Singapore Universities will assess each applicant on his or her own merits and ability to meet the required standards of the university. The three universities have the flexibility to admit exceptional students with special talents and abilities (but who do not meet the requisite criteria) under their discretionary intake. This approach is consistent with the admissions exercise for other students who have applied.

4. Representatives from the student admissions offices of NUS, NTU, and SMU will be present at the UNSW Asia campus at Kay Siang Road from 28 May 2007 (Mon) till 1 June 2007 (Fri). They will be on-hand to assist the students with their applications and to address their queries. We understand that UNSW has also invited a number of private education providers to send their representatives to provide information and assistance to students at the UNSW Asia campus over the same period.

5. The representatives will be at the UNSW Asia campus during the following hours:

28 May (Mon): 4 每 8 pm
29 May (Tue): 2 每 8 pm
30 May (Wed): 2 每 8 pm
1 June (Fri): 2 每 8 pm

6. More details are available on the UNSW Asia website

7. The Government understands the uncertainty and anxiety faced by the affected students and their parents following the announcement by UNSW to close its Singapore campus. EDB, assisted by MOE, will continue to work with UNSW to assist them in providing alternatives to the affected students.

Source: News Release 28 May 2007

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