Dear Editors

I refer to the article “government should not keep two set of statistics on foreigners, something amiss” (likedatosocanmeh, May 10). It states that “has the statistics on foreigners studying at local unis. Years ago, NUS staff statistics even had a breakdown by nationality.

Out of 974 research staff, 464 or almost half were from PRC vs only 180 Singaporeans. Singaporeans form only 20% of the total number of research staff. And why were there only 17 UK and 17 US research staff? A top ranking NUS only able to attract hundreds of research staff from a communist third-world country?

From the above table, we can see just how embarrassing it must have been for … to shoot itself in the foot. And of course, similar statistics are no longer published. Statistics on foreign students are being concealed by … local unis even though they are obligated to disclose to the public”.

I clicked on the link in the above article to the NUS annual report 2016. The surplus for the year in 2015 and 2016 was $734.8 and $52.1 million, respectively. In this connection, according to the article “Breaking down Uni tuition fees in Singapore” (The New Paper, Jun 9, 2016) – “Local universities have been increasing their tuition fees for their undergraduate courses every year since 2010”.

Since the surplus for 2015 and 2016 was $734.8 and $52.1 million, respectively – why was there a need to increase fees?

Like what likedatosocanmeh wrote – I was also unable to find any breakdown of the faculty into nationalities or students into Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans.In this connection, the percentage of international students at NUS is 32 per cent, according to Times Higher Education?

Do these international students include PRs? If not, if we assume that the percentage of PR students is about the same as the about 13.3 per cent of the local population – the percentage of PR students may be about 9 per cent (68 per cent x 0.133)?

So, does it mean that the percentage of non-Singaporean students is about 41 per cent (32 + 9)?

Leong Sze Hian

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