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Students brew ideas over tea at Yale-NUS College

Students get to meet wide array of speakers at 'tea sessions'

Published on May 2, 2014 8:08 AM
Associate professors Derek Heng and Sarah Weiss were named rectors of Yale-NUS College last month. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF YALE-NUS COLLEGE

It has been a first year full of learning and activity at Singapore's first liberal arts college, with a focus not just on gaining information, but also developing how students think and respond to a wide range of issues and experiences.

Since August last year, Yale-NUS College students have had the chance to meet all sorts of people, from journalists and authors to YouTube stars.

The university has organised 34 Rector's Tea sessions - modelled after Master's Teas at Yale University, where students in groups of around 20 mingle with guest speakers.

These include a line-up of local and international speakers such as opposition figure Nicole Seah, sociopolitical blogger Alex Au, and Judy and Dennis Shepard, who set up the Matthew Shepard Foundation to champion tolerance and diversity after they lost their son to a hate crime 16 years ago.

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