Singapore to have first university focusing on arts in 2024

31 August 2022
The Straits Times & Lianhe Zaobao

The University of the Arts Singapore (UAS),  the new university formed by an alliance between LASALLE College of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), will open its doors in August 2024. Considered as the first university in Singapore to focus on the arts, it will operate out of the National Design Centre in Middle Road. MOE said that UAS will provide some centralised services to both LASALLE and NAFA, which will remain distinct entities, enrolling and admitting their own students and conducting their own courses.

An MOE spokesman said that UAS will be a platform to plug NAFA and LASALLE into the industry, be a national focal point for the arts and bring more opportunities for students and faculty. It will help make the Republic "a creative, innovation-driven city".

The university's board of trustees will be led by board chairperson Jose Isidro Camacho, who is the managing director and vice chairman for Credit Suisse Asia Pacific, while Professor Kwok Kian Woon, currently the associate vice president for wellbeing at Nanyang Technological University, will be the university’s inaugural Vice-Chancellor and chief executive.

On ST, Intercultural Theatre Institute co-founder and director T. Sasitharan said Prof Kwok is a terrific choice for leader of the new university. He added that the creation of UAS ignifies a long overdue coming of age for arts education in Singapore.

On Lianhe Zaobao, sculptor and part-time lecturer at NAFA, Yang Ziqiang said that the establishment of the UAS would help raise the quality of local arts education diplomas. With the upgrading to universities, the two institutions have the credentials to establish exchange programmes with world class institutions, which is good for local arts education.

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