Saturday, May 31, 2008

We do not discriminate against poly students, says NUS

With regards to the article "NUS admission exercise show of arrogance and belittling of poly grads", NUS gives its reply:

"We refer to the feedback from a STOMP contributor posted on 26 May 2008, titled 'NUS admission exercise show of arrogance and belittling of polygrads'.

"We are sorry to hear that the contributor had an unpleasant experience at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Science (FoS) Open House held on 24 May 2008.

"We would like to assure the contributor and all readers that NUS welcomes students from all educational backgrounds.

"Admission to NUS is largely based on academicmerit. We also admit up to 10 per cent of students under the category of discretionary admission.

"A fair number of polytechnic students have gained admission to NUS and successfully graduated.

"The Open House was an initiative by FoS to invite prospective undergraduates (both Polytechnic and A-level graduates) who have been offered admission to the Faculty.

"At the event, more than 30 talks by faculty members and Science alumni, as well as lab tours were organised to provide an overview of an NUS Science education from variousfronts – academic rigor, student experiences, career options, as well as opportunities for graduate education.

"Over 1000 students and parents attended the FoS Open House and visitors had found it helpful speaking to faculty members, students and alumni atthe event, before accepting the offer from NUS.

"NUS is open to students from all educational backgrounds and we remain
committed to providing a holistic education aimed at fully developing the
intellectual and personal strengths of students.

"We hope the contributor can contact us at Tel: 65163333 as we would like to address his concerns."

Did the reply give any mention on the lecturer's rude behaviour? Sure, just an individual's attitude does not quantify that of the school's. But still, "We are sorry to hear that the contributor had an unpleasant experience" is just the ever-so-typical attempt of appeasing.

Friday, May 30, 2008

One night stay in Swissotel The Stamford

Southeast Asia's tallest hotel, Swissotel offers a breathtaking view of the city.

The view at 46 storeys high

Swissotel The Stamford

Heavy rain just after check-in
Swissotel The Stamford

Love the sunset!
Swissotel The Stamford,Sunset

Swissotel The Stamford,Sunset



Tuesday, May 27, 2008

NUS admission exercise show of arrogance and belittling of poly grads

Read it here

The stigma against polytechnic graduates arises from and also contributes to the limited number of places they are offered in the universities. Why are they discredited when compared to their A level graduate counterparts? Is what they have learnt during the 3 years less knowledgeable than the A level syllabus?

Wonder what NUS' response will be.