International university rankings cannot measure everything, says PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the challenge for Singapore's universities is to keep improving and serving Singaporeans better.
Speaking at the official opening of University Town or UTown in NUS, he said they cannot be measured by international rankings alone.
Mr Lee said universities must go beyond rankings to develop each student to his/her full potential and across a broad range of attributes.
He said beyond academic excellence, universities here also have important national and social roles to develop their students' character and social conscience.
They must imbue in them Singaporean values and ethos, the spirit of wanting to contribute back to society and the sense that they have a responsibility to take Singapore forward.
To do so, each university must customise its education offerings, instead of merely copying other universities.
He cited the example of UTown as an example of how NUS is enhancing its student experience.
Mr Lee said UTown fits in the broader context of Singapore's efforts to upgrade its tertiary education system.
Built in phases since January 2008, NUS UTown has pioneered a new educational ecosystem through four Residential Colleges for undergraduates.
Each college offers its own multidisciplinary learning opportunities.
Students also take special electives that help them learn about global issues and engage with Singapore's community.
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