The discussion as to whether Singapore is a conducive environment for educational freedom is spreading.
Inside Higher Ed, an online news magazine that reports on higher education issues, posted an article Tuesday that analyzes the proposed Yale-NUS college to be based in Singapore. The article, “Habitats for Academic Freedom,” looks into the issues of free expression that opening a college in Singapore may pose. In addition to discussing University President Richard Levin and Provost Peter Salovey’s September 12 prospectus on the project, the article quotes three professors who express concerns about the venture as well as professor Charles Bailyn, who would be the dean of the new college.
The article also compares the project to current and past joint academic ventures in Singapore, including the University of Warwick’s 2005 proposed campus in Singapore, which fell through because of both financial and academic freedom concerns.