Australia’s UNSW to close its Singapore campus

23 May 07

The University of New South Wales is closing its campus in Singapore after just four months, dealing a blow to the city-state’s ambitions to be the region’s leading centre for education.

In a letter to students posted on its website, the university said it was closing the Singapore campus at the end of its first semester because the number of students enrolled for 2007 “did not meet our expectations”.

“The decision to close down is a difficult one but it is the prudent course of action to take,” the letter said.

No further details were given, but a spokeswoman for the campus told Reuters on Wednesday the campus would close on June 28.

Singapore is trying to attract more foreign students as part of a wider drive to boost its skilled labour force.

Manpower Minister Ng Eng Hen said earlier this month that Singapore would allow more young foreign students who are on holiday in Singapore to work because the government wants to encourage more foreigners to consider joining the workforce