21 Jul '11, 12am

NUS doesn't have a clear way of calculating admissions scores for international students, says our reader. #SGpresident

IN A recent lecture on higher education at Singapore Management University, Dr Tony Tan pointed out how crucial it is not to impede international talent from coming here. He essentially voiced his preference for a 'Singaporeans first' policy for higher education, rather than 'Singaporeans only' ('Tony Tan: S'poreans first, but don't shut out talent'; yesterday). While I agree with Dr Tan's dismissal of a 'Singaporeans only' tertiary landscape, I am befuddled by his perception that Singaporeans are demanding this. On the contrary, what Singaporeans are infuriated by are government and local university measures that excessively favour foreign 'talent' for admission. For example, the National University of Singapore (NUS) does not have a clearly defined way of calculating the admissions score for international students. NUS assesses admission at its own discretion and on the ...

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