September 09, 2005

Warwick in Asia

Didn't see this mentioned on the blogs:

link

Warwick in Asia discussed in the Independent. Raised a few issues I hadn't realised about the project, notably who would want to teach or study there.

It also seems the University is set to approve the plan with no clear commitment from the Singapore government about how much money they will receive.

Is it not possible that the University has no idea how much it will cost the University of Warwick, and that it could potentially be paying for 50% + of the project?

Also, another key point. I see that 'concerns over human rights and academic freedom must be addressed' has been replaced as a cause of concern with:

Understanding of the compromises Warwick staff and students would face on issues of academic freedom and freedom of speech

Isn't this a bit of an about-turn on the part of those looking into the feasibility of the project?


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  1. Peter Dunn

    >Raised a few issues I hadn't realised about the >project, notably who would want to teach or >study there.

    Quite possibly people like some of the students and staff in the article who went on the record to say they supported the idea as oppossed to the mostly anonymous folk quoted with other views…
    and as the article itself says answering that very question –
    "Why, they ask, would overseas students from China sign up for Warwick University in Singapore when they could come to the Coventry campus in the UK for roughly the same fees? The answer is that the Chinese would rather go to a Mandarin- speaking country to study rather than to Britain where the food, climate and culture are unfamiliar. "

    >It also seems the University is set to approve the >plan with no clear commitment from the >Singapore government about how much money >they will receive.

    er.. no not actually true – how do you work that out when the article ends with a quote from the VC saying:
    "In the end, the ball is in Singapore's court: "It is really going to depend on the magnitude of the investment by the government of Singapore," he says." ?

    >Is it not possible that the University has no idea >how much it will cost the University of Warwick, >and that it could potentially be paying for 50% + >of the project?

    er…..no see above again

    >Also, another key point. I see that 'concerns >over human rights and academic freedom must >be addressed' has been replaced as a cause of >concern with:
    >Understanding of the compromises Warwick staff >and students would face on issues of academic >freedom and freedom of speech
    >Isn't this a bit of an about-turn on the part of >those looking into the feasibility of the project?

    Err…again no I can't actually see where in the article that quote appears in this article if at all – what it does say however is
    "Professor VandeLinde takes the human-rights issue seriously, too. That is why he sent the four students to the island, commissioned a report from a human-rights expert, Dr Thio Li-ann at the National University of Singapore, and has organised a report by Warwick, he says."

    on that point see also
    link

    and if you want to see another newspaper article views on Warwick in Asia see also
    link

    Of course any newspaper article is the view of that
    Newspaper/journalist as they see the story.

    Hope this helps Chris

    Peter Dunn
    Press and Media Relations Manger

    09 Sep 2005, 22:06


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