27 Nov '11, 9pm

There is need to balance research and teaching in varsities in Singapore, as in any other country.

THE plan by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to expand university pathways is well-intentioned and very important. And as our educators and administrators study ways to do this, they should also pay heed to the research-teaching conundrum that has plagued our universities and introduce adjustments to address these perennial concerns. In recent times, varsities such as the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University have premised their publicity efforts almost solely upon their performance in various ranking exercises and on having world-class research faculties. Unfortunately, these have not only obscured the significance of developing good teaching pedagogies or frameworks, but have also overshadowed the need to mould undergraduates beyond their academic dimensions. Already, the disproportionate attention given to research endeavours has given...

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