NUS, NTU's young professorship schemes

Degree of concern: Are Singapore universities chasing rankings?

Eight academics at NUS and NTU interviewed by The Sunday Times said there is an "escalating arms race", with the two universities pursuing research talents who will help them reach even greater heights in university league tables.
Eight academics at NUS and NTU interviewed by The Sunday Times said there is an "escalating arms race", with the two universities pursuing research talents who will help them reach even greater heights in university league tables.PHOTOS: ST FILE, HARIZ BAHARUDIN

Research emphasis points to strong focus on pursuing international rankings, some argue

A new National University of Singapore (NUS) scheme, offering "internationally competitive" salaries and million-dollar research grants for young academic stars, has sparked a debate on whether Singapore's two leading universities prefer foreign academics and if they have embarked on these "aggressive" recruitment schemes to chase rankings.

The Presidential Young Professorship (PYP) scheme being launched this month does not specify the salaries, but academics say if NUS intends to match the salaries paid to talented young faculty academics in the United States, then it would have to fork out as much as US$200,000 (S$273,000) a year in some fields.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 09, 2018, with the headline 'Degree of concern: Are unis chasing rankings?'. Print Edition | Subscribe