Singapore-based Raffles Education, one of the largest private education groups in the region, is setting up a university in Johor, Malaysia (below). Raffles University Iskandar will be located in Iskandar EduCity in the town of Nusajaya. Raffles Education will partner with state-owned Iskandar Investment in the US$82-million (HK$638 million) project over the next few years. Raffles will contribute 80 per cent of the funds. It intends to take in up to 400 students for its first batch in October and have about 5,000 students within five years. The first phase of the 26-hectare campus should be ready by 2013. Xinhua
Eye on staff churn and retention as Lion City professionals get restive
Some 61 per cent of Singaporean professionals would like to change jobs in the next three months, a sign that people are optimistic about the labour market. Local broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said the results of the online survey by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters showed that a large number of professionals in Singapore were keen to find another work in the city. The survey also found that in Hong Kong, 57 per cent of professionals would like to change jobs in the next three months, compared with 56 per cent in Malaysia and 52 per cent in Thailand. The trend is expected to increase staff turnover and exert greater pressure on employers to retain their top talent.
Young mainland students lack sleep
About 80 per cent of China's primary and middle school students (above right) aren't getting enough sleep. The average sleeping time for these students is less than eight hours, even on weekends, instead of the recommended nine to 10 hours.
The report was based on three surveys of more than 5,000 students in 10 provincial-level regions in 1999, 2005 and 2010. The sleep shortage was attributed to heavy workloads, poor study habits and long commute times.
`No religion' at US graduation
An American judge has ruled that a high school graduation in Texas may not include prayers or the words "invocation" or "benediction". US District Judge Fred Biery said using those words would make it sound like Medina Valley High School, in a suburb of San Antonio, is "sponsoring a religion". The suit was filed by the Americans United for Church and State. No appeal was planned, and the invocation and benediction would no longer take place. Biery said students could give a speech on their faith during graduation but they may not say "amen" or "God bless you" or have the audience rise and bow their heads.