Universities need to offer ideas with 'impact'

Universities should aim to become powerhouses for positive transformation and idea generation, said Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah last week. She has thrown down the gauntlet to universities in Singapore to come up with global ideas that have great impact, so that the republic need not always look to other countries, reports Joy Fang for Today Online.

Noting that universities were "preoccupied" with equipping graduates with the skills they need for jobs they want, she said her wish was for Singapore's universities to become "powerhouses for positive transformational change and idea generation".

"I have the sense that we look to other countries for ideas and thoughts, perhaps rather more than we concentrate on developing our own," she said. "It's not to say our universities don't do that, but I think that there is a lot more scope [to do more]."
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