Program Closures in Singapore Suggest 'Maturation' of Its Ambitions

Program Closures in Singapore Suggest 'Maturation' of Its Ambitions 1

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With the closing in recent months of three degree programs offered by American universities, Singapore has signaled that costly programs cannot be underwritten indefinitely, particularly with local students choosing less-expensive options.

When New York University and the National University of Singapore announced this week that they would end their six-year-old joint law program, it was natural to ask how the move fit in with the high-profile—and, in some circles, highly contentious—overseas plans of NYU's president, John E.