Not Top University and Upper Echelons
I have re-trained myself today by learning two new ‘facts’.
First, NTU stands for Not Top University. I think its foray into the social sciences and design may not really be worth the $$. Hence, according to the PM, there is a need to re-examine its strategy. The best way to get your strategy evaluated is to supposedly get international experts. Why ah? The other allegedly top-20-in-the-world university that we have cannot do the review issit? Cheaper to travel from Kent Ridge to Boon Lay than from USA to Changi to Four Seasons to Boon Lay. Koray or not? Anyways, I think that the first thing that upper echelons of NTU did after listening to the PM’s speech was to call their travel agent and book tickets to Harvard, MIT, Caltech, Imperial, Cambridge and Stanford. Must get first-hand information mah...
Talking about upper echelons, the second ‘fact’ I learnt today is that one of them from a telecom company is going to head one of our media companies. Bidding farewell to the previous guy, the chairman said that in the then-newly liberalized media market, “survival was [the] main issue”. And the out-going head did an excellent job. I also say.... the best strategy to survive in a liberalized market is to de-liberalize it. Bravo! According to the new upper echelon who has taken over, the growth strategy for the future is to look to overseas markets. Hmm.... go into other country’s liberalized media market and show them why we de-liberalized ours is it? :)
Update: When I was doing my weekly wet-marketing the other day (no lah, not the one where I emerge from the swimming pool and sell some product with a powderful presentation!), I saw the long 4D queue at Singapore Pools. Since our PM said that NTU had to choose between MIT and Harvard of the East (as usual we copy the angmoh again), I think that Singapore Pools should have a betting game as to which one NTU will choose - Harvard or MIT? Its a good way to get the public primed for the future casinos :)