Yale University is under fire from its own faculty for a new collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS). Pelli Clarke Pelli is designing the campus of what will be a four-year liberal arts college based in Singapore. A recent Reuters article reported that the project has â€œstirred sharp criticism from faculty and human-rights advocates who say it is impossible toÂ build an elite college dedicated to free inquiry in an authoritarian nation with heavyÂ restrictions on public speech and assembly.â€
Degrees issued by the Singapore-based college, called Yale-NUS, wonâ€™t be Yale degrees and technically itâ€™s not consideredÂ a Yale branch campus. Yet is Yale guilty of selling out its valuesâ€”the schoolâ€™s motto is lux et veritas, â€œlight and truthâ€â€”to extend its brand? As Reuters reported, â€œChristopher Miller, a professor of French and African American studies, has dubbed the venture ‘Frankenyale.’” The faculty began to voice their objections last spring, but may have been too slow on the drawâ€”the new campus is well underÂ construction and set to open this summer.