"The letter writer had been deeply disappointed at not being to go overseas for his university education. Has anyone ever thought about how the vice-chancellors and the dons of Singapore's local universities like NUS and NTU would feel about that?
What delicious irony. Our local institutions NUS and NTU have great aspirations to become world-class institutions. At the same time, our brightest young minds have great aspirations to avoid studying at our local institutions NUS and NTU.
While there is much to be said for an overseas education, I can't help but feel that its attraction for so many young Singaporeans is partially due to the marketing strategies of the PSC over the years.
These marketing strategies are hurting NUS and NTU ...."
Two weeks later, look who's suddenly decided to speak about the same thing:
July 4, 2005
Let top students graduate here before going abroad, says MM
Call part of a push to boost prestige of local varsities
By Leslie Koh
MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew last night pointed out a 'missing element' in Singapore's system to attract top talent in its universities: its own students.
The country has benefited from sending its brightest on scholarships to study abroad. Now, some of these students should be encouraged to study in local universities.
Said Mr Lee: 'We have to continue this policy of sending our scholars overseas. Their exposure and experience abroad have helped Singapore leap ahead.
'But we need to build up the prestige and esprit de corp of the alumni of our own universities - an alumni network that proudly embraces our top students who eventually rise to the highest positions in society.'
The call from MM Lee formed yet another push from top leaders to universities here to aim higher, as the National University of Singapore (NUS) celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of events.