According to a dean at NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the government university is facing financial problems because there are fewer Singaporean students in the cohort:
“I had spoken to the faculty members about financial issues and part of the strategy of the university is to be more disciplined in the use of resources. Singapore is facing demographic challenges and the pool of students is getting smaller. Enrolment is a major source of revenue, so we need to calculate this as well.”
An anonymous NTU faculty member revealed that the university is losing money and this has affected the quality of education for the students:
“My department was able to hire at least five part-time tutors but now it can only hire two. It means a lot of pressure on full-time faculty.”
When contacted by the media, NTU deny all allegations and claimed that its financials are sound without providing another figures.
A check with NTU programme listing over the years revealed that NTU is secretly terminating programmes for students. For example, the Overseas Film Festival Practicum module was offered in the corresponding semester in 2017 and 2018, and taken out this year. When questioned by the media, NTU avoided addressing the particular module and blatantly lied:
“None of the programmes were cancelled. They have either been redesigned to adapt to a changing media landscape, or expanded to cater to more groups of people.”
Unlike government universities in other countries, Singapore universities profit off local Singaporeans and give free scholarship to foreigners instead. The Singapore government also actively discourages Singaporeans from getting a degree so they could dumb down the population and keep themselves in political power. This is despite so the Singapore economy is still desperate for foreign degree holders on E-pass, which commands a Minimum Wage of S$3,600. There is no Minimum Wage for Singaporean graduates.
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung is unavailable to comment on the financial problems of the government university.