Schools can do more to broaden their admission criteria beyond academic results so that the pathways to success remain open to all, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Friday.
This is important as the Government grapples with the challenge of helping the very best maximise their potential, while making sure that the society remains inclusive, he said at the topping-out ceremony for the Singapore University of Technology and Design's (SUTD) new campus in Changi.
While institutes of higher learning here are already taking into account other factors such as work experience when admitting students, "we should study how more of it can be done, so that more people will have the opportunity to try, and always feel that they have the opportunity to do so", said Mr Teo.
The new SUTD campus sits on 23ha of land near the Singapore Expo and the Changi Business Park. The first phase of construction, including academic buildings and hostels, will be completed and ready in early 2015. The university currently operates out of its interim campus in Dover Drive. The campus will also house four ancient Chinese structures - two houses, a opera stage and a pavilion -donated by Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan. A set of cornice carvings from one of the houses was unveiled for the first time on Friday.