MIT, University of Chicago, NYU, John Hopkins, UNSW – all gone?

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Why is it that so many world-renowned universities in Singapore have left? 

I refer to the article “SUTD still a draw after ending MIT partnership” (Straits Times, Jul 23).

It states that “Despite ending its undergraduate degree collaboration with the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) has not suffered a drop in the number of applications.

When the university announced it was ending its partnership with MIT, which helped it develop a distinctive curriculum, there was some concern that it would lose some of its lustre with school leavers heading to degree education.”

Are there any other universities that had similar partnerships like this one with MIT, that have left too?

In Singapore, it appears that the termination of partnerships with world-renowned universities may be the norm, rather than the exception.

Why is it that so many world-renowned universities have closed in Singapore?

For example:

… University of Chicago to leave Singapore – Why?” (Jul 11, 2013)

… NYU, NUS to scrap dual graduate law degree” (Channel NewsAsia, May 21, 2013)

… Johns Hopkins, UNSW and now Tisch: When will we ever learn?” (Nov 9, 2012)

… UNSW closure in 2007”

… “Red faces, millions lost as uni closes campus” (The Sydney Morning Herald, May 24, 2007)

… “A*STAR’s letter to Business Times on developments at the Division of Johns Hopkins in Singapore” (Business Times, Jul 27, 2006)

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.