Measures to help NTU students, staff cope with YOG disruptions

Measures to help NTU students, staff cope with YOG disruptions

Thursday, 12 August 2010

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Channel NewsAsia Online

Singapore: Some students and staff at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are seeing disruptions to their daily routine, as the campus houses the Youth Olympic Village.

But the university has taken steps to help them cope.

Athletes have been streaming in to the Youth Olympic Village.

And security is tight. Only vehicles with labels are allowed in.

The entrance along Jalan Bahar and the nearby round-about have been cordoned off.

These have affected bus routes, like service 179 and the internal shuttle service. Bus 199 has temporarily ceased its operations to the campus for now.

Still, family members of staff living on-campus, and students, have found ways to adapt.

"We have to walk all the way to our school, so it is a bit inconvenient for us. Now it takes longer to get to school," said one student.

"It is inconvenient, but I feel very proud, because we are hosting the event, so it's a small sacrifice," said another.

Some car parks are also closed. But arrangements have been made for staff to park off-campus, with shuttle buses to bring them to NTU.

In addition, staff and tenants are encouraged to car pool during the period of time, to ease traffic flow in the campus during peak hours.

Adjustments have also been made to working hours.

The Youth Olympic Village occupies about a third of the whole campus.

The National Institute of Education (NIE) is located within the Youth Olympic Village, so staff have been asked to start work later at about 10.30 am, or where possible, work from home.

As it is still vacation time, NTU expects minimal disruption.

Students who had to leave their hostels for the athletes have found alternative housing.

Anthony Teo, chairman of the NTU-YOG Steering Committee said: "This is not a custom built facility; we are running a university. Although it is a privilege for us to have the Village, it is within the constraints of existing facilities. We have kept the staff and students informed in the last year and a half."

The next academic year has been pushed back by a week and will now start on August 3.

Source: Channel NewsAsia Online, sph