TL;DR – When I grow up, I want to be VIP.
Remember the story about how being born into privilege at NTU is classified as “VIP” by the university?
As apparently claimed in a circular by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences seeking graduating students worthy of having “a story to tell”.
We tried to confirm the authenticity of the email and it appears that it’s true.
A NTU spokesperson’s reply can also be found on the original Facebook post, which in defence of the university says that it takes pride “in the fact that our students come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds”.
Here’s the full reply,
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) in NTU as well as the university take pride in the fact that our students come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
In order to reflect and celebrate this diversity, every year around Convocation time, we aim to highlight interesting and inspiring stories about students who hail from uncommon backgrounds, have taken unconventional routes through their student years, or overcome great challenges to earn their degree. It is clear from the message that was circulated that a wide range of experiences and backgrounds was sought. By selectively reading and narrowly highlighting just a couple of the given examples, the spirit and meaning of our open request for nominations has been misinterpreted and distorted.
We assure all students and the public that we treasure the diversity of our students and that all nominations will be considered equally. I sincerely hope we receive many nominations again this year.
We also look forward to providing a memorable experience for students at their Convocation.
On behalf of Dr Tan Joo Ean
Assistant Chair (Communications and Student Life)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences