NUS' promotion and tenure policies 'robust and competitive'

The National University of Singapore says its tenure system has been set up to be robust, and it comes under scrutiny periodically.
The National University of Singapore says its tenure system has been set up to be robust, and it comes under scrutiny periodically.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN
The National University of Singapore says its tenure system has been set up to be robust, and it comes under scrutiny periodically.
NUS PROVOST HO TECK HUA

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has defended its promotion and tenure policies, describing them as "robust", in response to a debate on tenure and the need to build a Singaporean academic core.

While explaining that the attrition rate for faculty on its tenure track has remained at about an annual 4.1 per cent over the last three years, NUS Provost Ho Teck Hua said that in 2017, about six in 10 assistant professors who applied for tenure were successful, stressing that the rate is higher than many top universities around the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'NUS' promotion and tenure policies 'robust and competitive''. Subscribe