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Yale Venture In Singapore Names President (与新加坡合作创办的耶鲁大学人文学院任命第一届院长)  

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       By SHIBANI MAHTANI  from WSJ  2012-5-31 第4版

   
A high-profile joint venture between Yale University and the National University of Singapore named a president and vice-president, moving closer to a launch planned for fall 2013 despite lingering debate over the merits of the new college.

Yale Venture In  Singapore Names President (与新加坡合作创办的耶鲁大学人文学院任命第一届院长) - 闲来品茶 - iE-ducation:围城这点事儿

 

Pericles Lewis, a professor of English and comparative literature at Yale, was tapped (【美】指定,选定;轻拍,轻敲)Wednesday to head Yale-NUS as president, while a professor from the National University of Singapore, Lai Choy Heng, was named vice president. Both appointments will take effect July 1.

The venture—which benefits from Yale's pedigree(家世,家谱,系谱) and complete funding from the Singapore government—will create Singapore's first liberal-arts college(通识教育学院,人文学院), testing whether American-style liberal-arts education can take root in parts of Asia where critics (批评家)complain about limitations on free expression. It will also test Yale's ambition to extend its brand beyond the U.S. at a time when American universities are competing to attract talent(人才) from Asia.

Yale Venture In  Singapore Names President (与新加坡合作创办的耶鲁大学人文学院任命第一届院长) - 闲来品茶 - iE-ducation:围城这点事儿

 

The college will employ teachers from both Yale and NUS and has started taking applications for admission(录取) next fall—receiving more than 800 in its first administration round and accepting more than 50 so far. Construction on the college has started, though it's not expected to be completed until 2014.

Yale-NUS, part of a wider effort by Singapore to position itself as an educational hub for Asia, has generated heated debate since its launch last year. Many Yale professors and alumni feel that Singapore—with a longstanding reputation for limiting speech and heavily regulating behavior, such as with its famous chewing-gum(美:口香糖) ban—is not the right fit for a college bearing the institution's name. Freedom House, a Washington-based advocacy group, recently ranked Singapore 150th in the world in press freedom, behind Liberia and Central African Republic.

Last month, Yale's faculty passed a resolution(正式决定,决议) expressing "concern" over Singapore's "history of lack of respect for civil and political rights." A number of professors have written op-ed pieces—both for the Yale Daily News and other U.S. media outlets—expressing reservations(保留意见,保留态度) about Yale's operating within Singapore's social and political environment.

But many other Yale professors are keen to teach at the new college, Yale University President Richard Levin said at a press conference on Wednesday, saying that there's still a lot of enthusiasm about the joint venture back in New Haven, Conn., Yale's home base. Mr. Lewis, the newly-appointed Yale-NUS president, said he took the role with "no hesitation at all," calling Singapore a "perfect environment" for Yale's vision.

Singaporeans have accused critics of the project of high-handedness and of overlooking changes in the city-state in recent years that have encouraged public debate, including the emergence of a thriving blog culture. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a speech at Yale-NUS's launch last year, labeled the collaboration(合作,协作) a "complicated project" because of "differences in social and political contexts" but said the city-state is constantly seeking to change and evolve.

Responding to the Yale faculty resolution, Singapore's Minister of EducationHeng Swee Keat said earlier this month that the government shares "the disappointment expressed by NUS and many Singaporeans" over the vote, but that it was "essentially an internal issue to Yale."

But some academics in Singapore do continue to question the venture.

"What remains to be seen is whether Lewis is up to(由…负责或决定) exerting influence in the alien administrative context of Singapore and NUS," said Michael Montesano, a research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and a Yale alumnus.

For himself, Mr. Lewis said he is "confident of researchers' ability to pursue their scholarship freely" in Singapore, and that he was given assurances from both the government and NUS regarding academic freedom. In a speech on Wednesday, he gave the government credit for its "strong support and commitment," calling it essential for the new college.

The new Yale-NUS campus is expected to comprise three residential colleges with about 330 students each. They will graduate with four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees awarded by the NUS.

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