Yale University announced Thursday that Yale-NUS, a liberal arts college it established with the National University of Singapore, will close in 2025, 12 years after it opened. Yale president Peter Salovey said in a written statement that NUS’s president, Tan Eng Chye, informed Yale in July of its intention to merge Yale-NUS with its existing University Scholars Program “to form a new and larger liberal arts college that will not bear Yale’s name.”
Yale’s decision to co-found a college in Singapore has been controversial, as Yale faculty and others have raised concerns about the ability of Yale to uphold its values of academic freedom and nondiscrimination in the semiauthoritarian city-state.
Salovey said Yale would have liked to continue its involvement with the college. “Given our great pride in Yale-NUS College and our love and respect for the faculty, students, and staff who compose its extraordinary community, we would have liked nothing better than to continue its development,” he said. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished together.”
Salovey wrote that the current governing board of Yale-NUS will remain in place through 2025 “and, with Yale’s full participation, will govern and oversee Yale-NUS College until the class of 2025 graduates.” He also wrote that the college’s policy of academic freedom “as well as the various provisions in the Faculty Handbook” will remain in place through 2025.