Inter-University Network formed between five student unions to represent undergrads’ concerns

The collaboration will represent and advocate for issues faced by 65,000 undergraduates.

Caleb Lau

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Published: 26 February 2022, 10:57 PM

Five student unions have come together in partnership with the National Youth Council to form an Inter-University Network (IUN) to collectively address issues concerning undergraduates.

Representing 65,000 students from National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Yale-NUS College, the network was launched at the Inter-University Dialogue on Feb 26. 

“We seek to deepen existing collaborations and jointly advocate for issues that youths are passionate about,” said Sean Pang, policy director of NUS’ student union, in his opening speech. 


Opening and closing the event were IUN representatives (from left) Sean Pang, policy director of NUS Student Union, and Sarah Chua, President of SUTD Student Government. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL


The dialogue outlined several of IUN’s priorities, such as building better mental health support systems in universities and tackling environment and sustainability issues. It also included a panel discussion with student and Government representatives. 

One of the topics addressed by the panel was the hustle culture in universities and how to strive for good work-life balance. 

Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Culture, Community and Youth Alvin Tan said that there is no true balance realistically, and that students should instead strive for work-life integration and have a passion for what they do. 

“The hustle culture also needs to be one of respect, one that is working hard, and being innovative,” he said.


Panellists at the dialogue included (from left) National Youth Council’s CEO David Chua, Minister of State Alvin Tan and student representative Ayyappan Madhumitha. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Towards the end of the dialogue, National Youth Council’s CEO David Chua reaffirmed his support of the network. He said: “In the spirit of providing opportunities for youths to be heard, be empowered and be the change, the Inter-University Network will provide recommendations for the Government to consider on issues that matter to youths, and the National Youth Council will facilitate the interface with Government agencies.”

Closing the session, President of SUTD Student Government Sarah Chua echoed these sentiments and said: “Coming together shows our commitment to advocate for youths and effect change, and will provide a unified youth voice for policy recommendations.”

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