Archive for November, 2007

How to get into Harvard

A WSJ study finds that certain high schools have a remarkable record of sending their students to elite colleges.
November 30, 2007; Page W1

As college-application season enters its most stressful final stretch, parents want to know if their children’s schools are delivering the goods — consistently getting students into top universities.

It’s a tricky question to answer, but for a snapshot, The Wall Street Journal examined this year’s freshman classes at eight highly selective colleges to find out where they went to high school. New York City private schools and New England prep schools continue to hold sway — Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., is a virtual factory, sending 19 kids to Harvard this fall — but these institutions are seeing some new competition from schools overseas and public schools that focus on math and science.



November 30, 2007 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

Limited choices with biotechnology diploma

Straits Times Forum
Nov 19, 2007

Limited choices with biotechnology diploma

I REFER to the article, ‘2 top cancer research groups to set up shop here’ (ST, Nov 5). It stated that the arrival of two prominent research institutes was a ‘strong validation of Singapore’s importance as a research node’.
While the presence of these two new research institutes here further cements our role as a regional hub, we should not neglect the local population.

This year, the biomedical research industry in Singapore came under fire because a large amount of money was invested in this area with little returns in terms of conclusive data.

Relate this to the fact that most research scientists here are expatriates on expatriate pay.

Wouldn’t it be more cost- effective to hire local graduates who can do these jobs?


November 19, 2007 at 2:34 pm 1 comment

What form will Singapore’s fourth university take?

European entrepreneurial spirit for S’pore’s fourth university?

Tuesday • November 6, 2007

Lee U-Wen

YOU HAVE completed your internships and it’s time to return to the classroom. But your professor tells you: Go put your knowledge to good use and start your own company right away.

So, you take some seed money from the university and run your venture for a year or two. If things don’t work out, your place in the university is always there for you to continue where you left off.

As far-fetched as this risk-free deal may seem, such an option is already available in some European universities today. And it is one path of education Singapore’s fourth publicly funded university could offer its students, to foster a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

This was the view of Minister of State (Education) Lui Tuck Yew, who spoke to reporters yesterday after having led a team on study trips to Europe and the United States to explore possible university models.

They visited applied universities such as the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and American liberal arts colleges like Amherst and Swathmore College.


November 5, 2007 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

MOE’s language and promotion policies

Straits Times Forum, Nov 3 2007


November 3, 2007 at 2:55 am Leave a comment

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