03 Sep '11, 5am

The State of NUS Lectures

I am studying Industrial and Systems Engineering. It is supposed to be an interesting course, with much practical application, and very wide applicability. From McDonald’s to Boeing, they said – you can work in anything from McDonald’s to Boeing. It has been five semesters since I came to NUS. With the possible exception of maybe two modules, no other lecturer has invoked any sense of excitement about their subject in me. And two years is a long time to spend without excitement. Here’s the drill. You come in to the lecture theatre. You find your little cliques and get into a huddle – islands of people, with rivers of vacant seats between them. The lecturer stands there holding his mic, staring at the clock or fiddling with the computer. Often the fiddling gives way to just plain staring at the red digits. As soon as the hour strikes, the lecturer bursts into his speech wit...

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