Jared Yeo, a politics buff, debater and Muay Thai enthusiast, is one of 150 students in Yale-NUS College’s pioneering cohort. Singapore’s first liberal arts college, which opens this August, has garnered strong interest from top performers worldwide, receiving 2,600 applications in its first two admissions exercises.
The College is committed to drawing the most deserving students regardless of their financial ability. As Linette Lim, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Yale-NUS College, says, “Yale-NUS has a rigorous holistic admission process and we seek the best and brightest students from Singapore and around the world. As such, we hope that the students whom we admit will not be denied entry because of financial reasons. This is why we are working hard to attract philanthropic support that will enable us to provide more financial aid to these deserving students.”
In the run-up to the opening of the College, Yale-NUS has received support from the philanthropic community with gifts from the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, Dr Stephen Riady, Singapore Airlines and Singapore Exchange, Prima Ltd and others.
Students like Jared are looking forward to Yale-NUS College’s unique educational programme, which spans Asia and the West, the arts and the sciences. A liberal arts education encourages students to think and respond imaginatively to the challenges and opportunities of today’s competitive society. Students will study in small groups with leading faculty, stay in residential colleges and have internships in Singapore and abroad with multinational companies.
Jared, who previously headed “Project Joy”, a community service project that helps underprivileged children, says, “A liberal arts education will make me a well-rounded individual who will be able to come up with forward looking ideas to challenges and to push boundaries.” Jared is interested in politics and policy and hopes to work in an NGO or think-tank where he can affect policies to improve the lives of the common man.
Fellow student Ijechi Nazirah, who is enrolled in a Double Degree Programme with Law, hopes to “draw inspiration, perspective, knowledge and material from diverse subject areas as I practise law and do humanitarian work focused on global concerns”.
She adds, “I feel really excited as my classmates and I can form an amazing school culture that’ll last for years and years to come.”
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