The new school has said that its name will be changed from Banyan to the new university, which will be called the National University of Arts & Sciences (NUS).
However, this does not change the current University of NUS policy that all students will be required to attend at least one year of government-subsidised, private, tertiary education.
Does the new school have a reputation to uphold?
The first year is set to be “ambitious”. The school is set to recruit 40 international students, from Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
But these students will find it far harder to get onto courses compared to their counterparts in government-funded English-medium high schools, which are expected to be a quarter more popular with English medium students from primary to secondary school.
The university will also struggle, with only three or four of its courses on an international level.
The NUS has already come under fire for not being an “academic institution” – that is, not affiliated with any recognised body.
As such, it has also attracted criticism from universities such as the University of Sydney and Deakin University, both of which have launched campaign to change that impression.
Will the existing NUS students be better off than their counterparts in government-funded English medium high schools?
Yes, there appears to be a consensus in the university, which states:
“The students will benefit from a greater focus on academic teaching and a greater focus on rigorous learning processes and outcomes that will provide a more confident and sustainable career path.”
So what is in it for students?
A number of people who have been involved with the project have told me they have seen potential that could be realised.
“What we do is have students and their families take up the opportunities that are provided to them – from finding out what the academic programs in their area of study are, what courses are available.” “From a very early age, I see that there are really strong bonds between children and teachers and that their education will be taken seriously.” “They will see that their education is a big investment, that there will be support for their learning and that they will learn from someone who has spent all that time honing their craft or knowledge – and if they can’t do that and they go down that road, then that is really sad.”
“Many of the kids and adults I have met at NUS who have taken this journey
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