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LESS THAN HALF PIONEER YALE-NUS GRADS GETS JOB OFFER

I refer to the Straits Times article today, which carries the headline "Nearly half of Yale-NUS pioneer grads have job offers". You read it once, without putting any thoughts to it, it sounds nice. Then you realise that this means more than half of the Yale-NUS pioneer grads actually have no job offers.

I know the media wants to make this sound nice, and that liberal arts are gaining a foothold in Singapore, but if more than half still have not got job offers, then we are not there yet in acceptance of liberal arts graduates. Article did go on to say another one-fifth have received offers to pursue graduate studies. This means the number of graduates without any concrete future is still much more than other graduates. And the article says observers indicates that employers here believe in the value of a liberal arts education, though it is still viewed by many as a "minority" option.

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YALE-NUS GRAPPLES WITH SINGAPORE'S ANTI-GAY SECTION 377A

In recent months, campus discussion regarding freedom of expression at Yale-NUS has been focused on Singaporean laws limiting free speech. But on Wednesday when, Singapore’s highest court upheld a law — Section 377A — criminalizing sex between men, questions arose regarding whether students at Yale-NUS are free to explore their sexual orientation.

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FT student admission to Yale-NUS up from 38% to 40%

Yale-NUS College issued a statement on Tuesday (17 Jun) [Link] revealing that it had offered 177 outstanding students from around the world to form the Class of 2018. This is the second batch of students it is admitting. These students come from 35 different countries. In all, Yale-NUS attracted over 12,000 applications compared to 11,400 applications last year. It did not reveal how many of the applications were from Singapore.

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