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Going to university about more than getting qualifications: Indranee Rajah

Published on Apr 9, 2014 11:19 PM
Indranee Rajah, Minister of State for Education and Law, pictured at home on March 25, 2014. The ultimate purpose of the university is for the betterment of the person, society and mankind, she says. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG 

Going to university is more than about getting qualifications, but also about preparing oneself for life and bettering society, said Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah on Wednesday night.

She was speaking at the biennial Union Forum organised by the National University of Singapore Students' Union, on the topic of 'the idea of the university'.

Students should enrol in university to gain broader knowledge than just the degrees they earn, and "emerge with an enlarged worldview" having learnt ideas with power to have impact on lives, she said.

"The attainment of the degree is not an end in itself. The degree doesn't make you a better person... a good person," she added. "The ultimate purpose of the university is really for the betterment of the person, society and mankind."

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