New York University and the National University of Singapore are terminating their joint LL.M. program after the 2014 class graduates.
According to a statement issued by NYU, the 10-month program has failed to become self-financing and would require a significant diversion of resources from both universities to continue.
The NYU@NUS program, established in 2007, is taught primarily in Singapore by both NYU and NUS faculty members, though students have also had the option to take courses in New York and Shanghai, where NYU also has a campus. Graduates receive LL.M.s from both NYU and NUS and are encouraged to take the New York bar exam.
NYU said that the program had attracted an average of 40 students a year but the universities had been hoping for double that number. There are 21 students in the final class. According to NYU, rising costs meant the program had only been sustainable in recent years due to a scholarship grant by the Singaporean government.
The ending of the joint LL.M. program follows the announcement last November that NYU was closing its Singapore-based Tisch Asia M.F.A. program, also for budgetary reasons. Singapore remains a popular location for overseas branches of U.S. universities though. The University of Chicago has a business school campus there and a joint undergraduate program between NUS and Yale is set to open in August, though it has drawn criticism over Singapore’s free speech restrictions.
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