Creative leap for tertiary arts education

A new arts university will cater to the needs of the student of the 21st century. What are they? Some thoughts, and a wish list.

The new arts university under an alliance between Lasalle College of the Arts (left) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts will be Singapore’s unique contribution to the world of higher education, says the writer. It should aspire to be a thought leader and industry standard-setter in the creative arts, regionally and beyond. ST FILE PHOTO

The announcement of a new university of the arts by Minister of Education Lawrence Wong on March 3 is a bold strike amid the coronavirus pandemic, volatile economies, uncertain geopolitics, changing demographics and unprecedented challenges for higher education and the arts and cultural sectors worldwide.

The university, to be private but supported by the Government, will be formed through a strategic alliance between Singapore's arts institutions, Lasalle College of the Arts (Lasalle) and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa).

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