Singapore to get its first ever University of the Arts


Education Minister Lawrence Wong announced on March 3 that a new university of the arts will be formed by an alliance between the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) and Lasalle College of the Arts. 
With regards to the quality and standards that both Lasalle and Nafa have achieved,the Ministry of Education will grant the alliance its own degree awarding powers, and also present it with university status. So this will be the first university of the arts in Singapore. 
Mr Wong explained that the new umbrella university will be private but will be supported by the Government. Both Lasalle and Nafa will remain as distinct colleges offering their own programmes and retaining their separate identities. The move is made in order to create a diverse range of opportunities for students as well as the faculty. 
Nafa had an intake of 130 Singaporeans and PRs across its degree programmes last year, while Lasalle had about 300 intakes. Healthy demand for their degree programmes is being seen in recent years.
Both colleges are arts intuitions which are locally established. They offer diplomas and degrees in various art forms. 
Singapore can stimulate private education institutes to fill talent gaps in specialised fields, and to build best-in-class capabilities in niche areas and thereby accompany the broad-based education offered by a public system. 
The new university is also proposed to have a social role beyond simply providing skills and expertise.
The university is contemplated to contribute more to cultural life in Singapore and the region, and offer a stronger value proposition to its students and stakeholders. 
The new arts university will take arts education in Singapore to larger heights which will enable the youth with strengths and talents in this field to enhance their potential and contribute to the society and economy. 
For the opening of the new university, no date has been set . It will be supported by both the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Education. Chair of the National Arts Council, ambassador Chan Heng Chee, will head a committee looking after the implementation of the new alliance.


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