Berita Minggu, the local Malay daily featured Class of 2021 student Muhammad Faris bin Joraimi, whose love and interest for Malay literature brought him to Yale-NUS College. 20 year-old Faris just began his studies at Singapore’s first liberal arts college where he hoped to study history, with a focus on the Malay world.
A former Meridian Junior College and Hai Sing Catholic School student, Faris shared that he was attracted to the classics programme at Yale-NUS, which would give him exposure to literature from the West, China and India. Faris noted that while we might love our own culture and history, it was important to look beyond and see the similarities and connections with others. Faris cited the Ramayana as an example and also shared that he started reading western classics in secondary school, which ignited his interest to know more about his own culture’s literature.
The article also noted that Faris was a recipient of the bond-free Loke Cheng Kim Foundation scholarship, which covered his tuition, boarding and monthly allowance. The youngest of three siblings, Faris hoped to do his post-graduate studies overseas and fulfil his dreams of being an academic in future.
Faris was amongst 248 students from 45 countries who started their studies at Yale-NUS this year, the College’s largest intake since 2013. This year, more than 8,700 students applied for a place in the College, which had more than 820 students from 65 countries.