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    http://news.ft.com/cms/s/39f13dfc-3c9b-11da-83c8-00000e2511c8.html Warwick votes against Singapore campus By John Burton in Singapore Published: October 14
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      Warwick votes against Singapore campus
      By John Burton in Singapore
      Published: October 14 2005 11:57 | Last updated: October 14 2005 11:57

      Senior lecturers at Warwick University in the UK have voted against setting up a branch campus in Singapore due to worries about limits on academic freedom, dealing a possible setback to the
      city-state's ambitions to become a regional hub for higher education.

      Singapore requires international educational institutions operating in the city-state to agree not to conduct activities seen as interference in domestic affairs.

      The lopsided 27-13 �no� vote by Warwick's senate this week is believed to be the first time a foreign university has rejected the conditions set by Singapore. Although the vote is non-binding, it is
      likely to put pressure on the university council to abandon the Singapore plan when it makes a final decision on October 18.

      Warwick and Australia's University of New South Wales are the only two foreign universities selected by Singapore's Economic Development Board to set up a full-scale campus.

      The city-state has succeeded in attracting smaller schools operated by several top institutions, including Insead and the University of Chicago Graduate Business School, in an effort to triple the
      number of university students to 150,000 in the next decade.

      The Warwick vote came as the outgoing US ambassador to Singapore warned in a farewell speech that Singapore's limits on expression might cause the government to �pay an increasing price for not
      allowing full participation of its citizens�.

      Faculty and students at Warwick have questioned the costs of the nearly �300m ($525m) project and the university's ability to attract quality students and staff to the Singapore campus. But much of
      the criticism has focused on limits on academic freedom and civil liberties, including curbs on gay rights and high execution rates for criminals.

      Warwick recently sent a letter to EDB asking that its students in Singapore be exempt from strict laws limiting freedom of assembly, speech and the press, and the removal of bans on homosexuality and
      certain religious practices on campus.

      It also sought guarantees that staff and students would not be punished by the Singapore government for making academic-related comments that might be seen �as being outside the boundaries of
      political debate�. EDB said it would not comment.

      The demand that the Singapore campus enjoy the same degree of academic freedom as in the UK came in response to an advisory report by Thio Li-ann, a law professor at the National University of
      Singapore, which said freedom of �speech is permissible as long as it does not threaten real political change or to alter the status quo�.

      She warned that �the government will intervene if academic reports cast a negative light on their policies� but said the presence of Warwick in Singapore could �serve as an impetus for continued
      liberalisation�.

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      Saturday, October 15, 2005
      Terrible News: Warwick Rejects Singapore!

      How dare they! They say it is due to "lack of academic freedom". What are they talking about? Don't they know that NTU publishes more research papers than MIT? You're free to publish what you want.
      Except :

      1. You cannot criticise the Singapore Govt. See Singapore students have been conditioned from young to learn that their elite govt is the best in the world and deserve its highest salary. If Warwick
      is allowed to do challenge, it will confused our local students and disrupt our harmonious society. Now we really don't want that.

      2. You are not allowed freedom of assembly. Why does a university want to assemble its students for? I thought only primary schools do that.

      3. You have to follow our laws on the Press. If you run a university newspaper, please model it after the Straits Times. We have to feed our students with consistent information so they can be
      relieved of the stress of politcal debates and concentrate on their studies.

      4. You have to follow our laws on death penalty. Which includes hanging people for small amounts of cannabis, the amounts that probably some students at the UK campus keep in their lockers or smoke
      over the weekend for recreation. If they are in Singapore, they would have to be hanged, because these things threaten to destroy our Singapore society while it cause little harm in UK..... Why are
      theseWarwick people so concerned about a few deaths anyway? We Singaporeans seem to feel nothing about our fellow Singaporeans getting hanged....as long as it does not interfere with our weekend
      shopping.

      5. You have to follow our curbs on gay rights. Let the gay people speak up on this ...please put comments on my blog if you so wish.

      They demand to enjoy same degree of academic freedom as in the UK. They are concerned that �the government will intervene if academic reports cast a negative light on their policies�. Of course the
      govt has to intervened what...just like the 2 NTU economics lecturers, Professor Lingle...and one guy who used to teach at NUS called Professor Chee (now known as CSJ). In Singapore everything must
      be co-ordinated and orchestrated with the govt, that is why Straits Times doesn't debate issues it explains them. This relieves Singaporeans from having to consider so many alternative view points
      and becoming confused in the process, these rules are laid for the good and happiness of Singaporeans so they have more time to watch TV and go shopping.

      University of Warwick is so stupid to place matters of principle, freedom and academic integrity above all else.... especially with EDB dangling so many financial incentives.

      Here's the knockout paragraph from the FT report:

      Thio Li-ann, a law professor at the National University of Singapore, which said freedom of "speech is permissible as long as it does not threaten real political change or to alter the status quo".
      The purpose of a Singapore university education is to change NOTHING and keep the STATUS QUO. Wise words indeed from a lecturer in NUS. No wonder after my NUS education all I wanted was to get a job
      earn money and use it for shopping.....yes there is NOTHING to change in Singapore because it is PERFECT. We are all so lucky to be living in Singapore.

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      Subject: Warwick Univ says NO to S'pore campus!!
      From: (FUNNYBUNN16)
      To: (ALL)
      DateTime: 14/10/2005 14:24:36

      http://news.ft.com/cms/s/39f13dfc-3c9b-11da-83c8-00000e2511c8.htmlSenior lecturers at Warwick University (UK) has voted NO in setting up a Singapore campus because of the city's repressive political
      and academic environment. As condition for setting up a campus, Warwick was asked by the corrupt PAP not to allow students to criticize the Singaporean government. In other words, PAP wants you to
      come but you can't criticize them while you're here! LOLOLOL!!!PAP LOOKS LIKE A FOOL AGAIN!!!!!


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      Subject: Warwick Univ says NO to S'pore campus!!
      From: (MONEYHELP234)
      To: (makapa)
      DateTime: 14/10/2005 21:29:28

      :::: which said freedom of �speech is permissible as long as it does not threaten real political change or to alter the status quo�.::::The purpose of a university education is to change NOTHING and
      keep the STATUS QUO. Wise words indeed from a lecturer in NUS. No wonder after my NUS education all I wanted was to get a job earn money and use it for shopping.....yes there is NOTHING to change in
      Singapore because it is PERFECT.I've started a blog dedicated to describing this wonderful govt and system we have in Singapore, it is so great why change it :

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