For some of the new hires, the appeal is returning to the classroom. For others, it’s the chance to teach in an environment without disciplinary walls. For still others, the prospect of a position at a top-flight institution close to family and their childhood home was too good to pass up. And for all the inaugural faculty at Yale-NUS College, the new Asian liberal-arts institution, getting in on the ground floor of this unusual academic experiment was an opportunity they didn’t want to miss.
The Singaporean college’s first faculty—30 in number and from a variety of fields and backgrounds—come on board this summer. Here’s what drew a handful of them to East-meets-West institution: