Singapore Higher Education and COVID-19

An Early and Measured Response

  • Natalie Ang Yale-NUS College
  • Dave Stanfield Yale-NUS
Keywords: COVID-19, Singapore, crisis response, higher education, autonomous universities


By acting early and using a measured response to COVID-19, Singapore was able to keep higher education intact far longer than many countries. The government implemented rigorous contact tracing, social distancing regulations, and isolation strategies that prevented rapid spread. University students, faculty, and staff were required to follow strict temperature taking routines, travel declarations, and the like. With a recent surge in confirmed cases, the authors highlight several uncertainties for the coming academic year in Singapore higher education.

Author Biographies

Natalie Ang, Yale-NUS College

Natalie Ang is wellness manager at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. E-mail: natalie.ang@yale-nus.

Dave Stanfield, Yale-NUS

Dave Stanfield is dean of students at Yale-NUS. E-mail:

How to Cite
Ang, N., & Stanfield, D. (2020). Singapore Higher Education and COVID-19. International Higher Education, (102), 24-26. Retrieved from