Thursday, December 4, 2014

Singapore-Style Academic Freedom

Inside Higher Ed
December 4th, 2014

The potential for Western universities to forge links with Singapore is growing, but they should not take a “normative approach” on freedom of expression in the city state, according to the president of Nanyang Technological University.
Bertil Andersson spoke to Times Higher Education in London when he was part of a delegation led by Singapore’s president, Tony Tan, on the nation’s first state visit to the UK.
NTU, which has recently seen a dramatic rise in its global rankings positions and citation impact scores, has opened a medical school in Singapore in a joint venture with Imperial College London. The partnership “may be one of the most spectacular academic joint ventures in today’s world," according to  Andersson, a Swede who is a member of the board of trustees of the Nobel Foundation.
In terms of academic freedom in Singapore, Yale-NUS College, a liberal arts institution opened in 2011 by the U.S. college and the National University of Singapore, has prompted concerns about freedom of expression from some Yale staff. In 2012, Yale academics voted in support of a motion raising concerns about the “history of lack of respect for civil and political rights in the state of Singapore,” where homosexuality is illegal and there are limitations on rights to free speech and public assembly.

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