Letter to the Editor–Warwick Boar
The Warwick Boar, 24.10.2005
I picked up on Warwick’s “Singapore fiasco” a little later than others, but now that I have, the choice of Singapore as a destination for providing Warwick with the much-needed “international profile” baffles me. The issues about freedom of expression and academic enquiry that are at the heart of the controversy were always there – why the Council failed to realise the stringent Singaporean rules regarding this earlier eludes me. Moreover, is Singapore really a viable destination to tap into a large potential market for overseas students?
In my opinion a much better option for an international Warwick campus would be India. To begin with, there are already hundreds of Indian students at Warwick which makes the institution quite familiar among student circles there. Then there are the beauties of freedom of expression and democracy which Warwick can benefit from. Moreover, set-up and operating costs would be much lower in India, both due to the cheaper cost of living and the availability of well-qualified academics in eminent institutions there. General levels of English proficiency are yet another factor in its favour.
David VanDeLinde would be much better served by shelving the Singapore idea and refocusing on a Warwick India venture.
Aruni Mukherjee, BA History/Politics, Final Year