Kev (abr. Kevin)
Irish, Gaelic orgin. Caoimhin.
1. adorable. 2. gentle one

Walkabout (walk-a-bout)
1 (in Oz) - a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time. 2 (chiefly British) - an informal stroll among a crowd conducted by an important visitor e.g. a monarch. 3 a walking trip.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

UNSW Asia closing down!

The news came as shock, really. I couldn't believe it when my housemate, OP told me that UNSW Asia is closing down! I thought they are closing down the current venue and move over to a permanent place. But I was wrong. According to the UNSW Asia webby, the reason they had given for the closure was the lack of students enrolling. They had expected 300 students to be enrolled in this semester, but only 148 students enrolled (of which, 100 are Singaporeans). To contemplate and eventually closing down the uni, after pumping in so much money (SGD$22 million) on advertisement and recruitment etc, would really be a great lost of money to UNSW! These would mean that if they hadn't close the campus, they would lose even more money! If you look at it deeper, you can infer that UNSW must have foresee that future student enrollment are going to be low as well! I mean, UNSW (having invested so much in Singapore, and is happily earning foreign student's hefty fees in Australia) could easily sit out the first semester or year, and wait for enrollment to pick up speed subsequently! Obviously UNSW Asia is not well received.

Frankly speaking, I wouldn't go to UNSW Asia as well. Foremost, it's just being establish and by going there at such an early stage will be a guinea pig to their system. Furthermore, local students will definitely prefer NUS or NTU over UNSW! I certainly would, after all NUS is much more renowed then UNSW Australia, let alone UNSW Asia! Local students attending NUS or NTU etc would be paying cheaper school fees too!! And if there is really a need to find another Uni, I guess people will prefer UNSW (Australia) rather then in UNSW Asia. You pay about the same school fees for both campus, so why not sweat it out overseas and gain exposure?? But, that's just me.. And I'm here in UNSW in Oz! LOL

Anyway, UNSW Asia is destined to close down after it's first semester. Though it's bad for UNSW Asia, but the students might stand to gain. Current students will be given scholarship for travel and accomodation in UNSW Australia. So, it might be a blessing in disguise after all huh?!


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