NUS students invited to ‘mentor’ newbie PRC MOE scholars like Sun Xu
Posted by temasektimes on March 6, 2012
NUS students have received an email from the university inviting them to ‘befriend’ 17 year old students from China and to serve as their ‘mentors’ for 1 or 2 semesters:
Though it was not mentioned explicitly, the students are likely to be PRC college students who are coming to NUS to study under MOE scholarship, according to one NUS undergraduate familiar with the mentorship.
“The PRC students were recruited by MOE officials from China’s colleges the previous year and they are probably now staying with their foster families while attending an English immersion course.”
The applicants are required to attend a 1-week compulsory training in NUS to equip them with essential knowledge and skill to take up the post after which they are required to look after and mentor up to 6 PRC scholars together with the Block Adviser (NUS staff). In return, they will be given free lodging and meals at Ridge View Residences.
Like Sun Xu, the new PRC MOE scholars will have their tuition fees at NUS paid for entirely by Singapore taxpayers on top of a generous living and housing allowance as well as a to/return ticket back home to China each year.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Law Ms Sim Ann revealed recently in Parliament that the Singapore government spends some $36 million dollars on scholarships to over two thousand students each year, or about S$174,00 per scholar.