Yale Plans Singapore College
It will open liberal arts school within national university
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 11:34 AM CDT
Future graduates wait for the procession to begin for commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Monday, May 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – Yale plans to open a liberal arts college in Singapore, and has bigger plans of reshaping higher education in Asia. Yale-NUS—it's a partnership with the government-run National University of Singapore—is planned as a highly selective college that would draw talented students from all over Asia, where liberal arts programs remain rare. Yale would hire 100 professors to teach a planned student body of 1,000, the New York Times reports.

The curriculum and residential college setup of Yale-NUS would recall its American counterpart, with a focus on critical thinking in an intimate setting, the Times explains. “By collaborating in the development of an entirely new liberal arts curriculum for an emergent Asia, Yale could influence the course of 21st-century education," a prospectus for the new school says. Nonetheless, graduating students won't get Yale degrees—theirs will be issued by the National University of Singapore.