Second batch of Yale-NUS graduates bridge gap between liberal arts and sciences, The Straits Times, 28 May 2018

The Straits Times carried an article on Yale-NUS College’s second graduation ceremony on Monday 28 May. The ceremony was held for 160 students, including seven from the Double Degree Programme in Law and Liberal Arts (DDP) jointly offered by Yale-NUS and the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Law, as well as three students from the Concurrent Degree Programme offered by Yale-NUS and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. ST noted that job placement statistics for the latest batch of graduates are currently unavailable, but a number of them have secured jobs in both private and public organisations, such as Facebook, Visa, KPMG and the Economic Development Board.

ST also interviewed featured some Yale-NUS students who were bridging the gap between liberal arts and sciences. In particular, they featured Lim Chu Hsien (Class of 2018), a life sciences major who is heading to Duke-NUS Medical School after graduation to pursue a Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme. Chu Hsien had initially aspired to be a philosopher, but found a common ground at Yale-NUS where she could pursue philosophy as well as her passion in the field of medicine.

ST also highlighted that Yale-NUS students described how their liberal arts education helped them find meaning in charting their path towards a professional career. Amelia Chew, a DDP student will not be starting work in a law firm but will be pursuing a career in legal technology at Luminance, an artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession. Acknowledging that it was a relatively unconventional decision for law degree holders, Amelia noted that her breadth of work experience exposed her to different opportunities and various ways that she could apply her knowledge to problem solving. Professor Kishore Mahbubani, who was the Graduation Speaker, emphasised the need to bridge the gap between the arts and sciences, and challenged Yale-NUS students to use their multidisciplinary education to find solutions.

 

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