An earlier article by a STOMPer says his experiences with several events organised during NUS’s admission exercise, and a recent encounter with a lecturer there, led him to the university is arrogant and that it belittles poly graduates. With regards to this, NUS replied to STOMP that they welcomes students from all educational backgrounds and a fair number of polytechnic students have gained admission to NUS and successfully graduated.

I think it is quite normal that people belittles poly graduates or even ITE students. From my own experience, when people know that you are from a neighbourhood school, they belittle you as well. However, so long as you are confident about yourself, I guess you don’t really have to be bothered about what others think.

NUS would like assure the public that it does not discriminate against polytechnic students, and that it welcomes students from all educational backgrounds.

This statement came in response to an article in STOMP, in which a STOMPer said that his experiences with a rude lecturer and several events organised during the university’s admission exercise, led him to believe that the university is arrogant and belittles poly graduates.

In its reply, NUS said:

“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.”



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