Invitation to Apply – Tata Crucible Campus Quiz

Tata EDM

The Tata Crucible Campus Quiz Singapore Edition returns for its 9th run this year. The quiz, seeks to engage the sharpest young minds on the subject of international business, in an intellectually stimulating manner. Its invigorating rounds makes it the ultimate test of business intelligence with the best of infotainment encouraging lateral associations, speed of thought and out-of-the-box thinking.

Participants will stand a chance to win a cash prize of S$12,000.* There are also exciting prizes to be won for the audience as well.

Date: Wednesday, 28th October 2015
Venue: University Cultural Centre Hall

*Terms and conditions apply.

For registration and more information, click here.

How climate change will affect transboundary haze

8 October 2015


In an article contribution by Associate Professor Winston Chow, Department of Geography, he discussed how a changing climate could influence the likelihood of future regional haze occurrences. Assoc Prof Chow observed that while the concern is on the causes and impacts of the haze, we should also not neglect the impact of climate change. He highlighted that there is evidence indicative of a future climate favouring more frequent transboundary haze episodes.

He suggests adopting two approaches towards reducing the negative impact of haze. ASEAN stakeholders should increase societal capacity in adapting to haze through authoritative and accurate health advisories as well as pledging carbon-curbing actions that limit global temperature increases.

In a nutshell, anticipating likely increases in future haze events and adapting accordingly could be a sensible, complementary and effective option for all affected stakeholders in the long run.

To read the full article, click here.

Department of Social Work Honours its First Alumni Award Recipients

Three distinguished alumni from the Department of Social Work – Ms Koh Wah Khoon, Dr S Vasoo and Mr Udhia Kumar – were the inaugural recipients of the Ann Wee NUS Social Work Alumni Award.

The Awards were given out on 22 September 2015 at an event held in conjunction with the annual Appreciation Tea for the Department’s Field Supervisors.

The Award, launched at the Faculty’s 85th Anniversary Dinner celebrations in November 2014, recognises alumni who have made major contributions to the social work education and practice.

It was also affectionately named after Mrs Ann Wee, the longest serving Head of Department of Social Work, who has inspired many with her selfless contributions to the sector. Dr Rosaleen Ow, Head of Department of Social Work, says, “the award is for alumni with a similar spirit to Mrs Wee who ‘serves without seeking rewards, give without seeking recognition’, in their work for more than 20 years.’”

One of the recipients, Ms Koh Wah Khoon, Senior Director at Singapore Children’s Society Family Service Centre (Yishun), dedicates her award to the people she has had the pleasure to work with namely Singapore Children’s Society, other social service practitioners, donors as well as supporters.

On her hopes for the social service sector in Singapore, Ms Wah Khoon acknowledges that social problems and sufferings will always be present in the society.

Despite that, she hopes the “social service sector would keep its ears to the ground so as to stay relevant to the changing needs of our people. That social service practitioners remember that social work is the gift of self, involving person to person transactions in order to bring about desired outcome for our clients.”

Dr S Vasoo, Associate Professorial Fellow at the Department, shares his sentiments about the sector as well. In essence, he feels that there is a need to adopt a more preventive and developmental approach while dealing with client populations as there is a tendency for social workers to take on a remedial approach instead.

“Such an orientation does not help to deal with the prevention of human breakdown,” he says.

He suggests that “It will be cogent for our human service professionals to help individuals and families to be inoculated with good human values, social skills and to be encouraged to acquire relevant industrial skills.”

Additionally, contributions can be more effective when more helping hands are involved in community development and community building.

Lastly, the current social work curriculum should be strengthened to equip trainees with invaluable skills such as the ability to anticipate social issues and problems to ensure a more dynamic social work profession.

“In understanding and analysing these aspects, they can develop a clearer sense of service direction for their organisations and make in-roads into areas where there are potential needs to be met and take proactive steps to tackle them,” he says.

The celebrations concluded with an Appreciation Tea for the field educators. Certificates and acrylic awards were also presented to various field educators and organisations for supervising students at the Department. Click here to see the full list of recipients.

Congratulations to all the winners!

129 (Alumni Award Recipients)
Inaugural Ann Wee NUS Social Work Alumni Award Recipients 2015 (From left to right; Assoc Prof T C Chang, Ms Ang Bee Lian, Ms Florence Neo, Mr Udhia Kumar, Ms Koh Wah Khoon, Dr Vasoo S , Dr Rosaleen Ow, Mrs Ann Wee and Dr Peace Wong)


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Assoc Prof T C Chang and Dr Rosaleen Ow with Individual Awardees


Assoc Prof T C Chang and Dr Rosaleen Ow with Organisation Representatives
Assoc Prof T C Chang and Dr Rosaleen Ow with Organisation Representatives

Have the opposition parties introduced alternative policies?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Lianhe Zaobao

In a commentary article, Associate Professor Ong Chang Woei, FASS Department of Chinese Studies, discussed the factors that led up to the opposition parties’ poor performance at the General Elections.

He opined that ineffective communication of their position and their inability to convince voters of their political ideals had resulted in the poor performance.

Assoc Prof Ong Chang Woei added that it is not due to a lack of suggestion of alternative policies or of them blindly copying the policies of the ruling party.

Ageing well with help from the young and Support and empower seniors even as they grow older

The Straits Times

Assoc Prof Corinne Ghoh, co-director of Next Age Institute (NAI), was featured in two articles on successful ageing.

In the first article, it was mentioned that NAI’s pilot study on care pathways has taken off and its interim report of findings is expected to be out end of next year.

Assoc Prof Corinne Ghoh shares that the study will provide insights into care arrangements for older people as they transit from hospital to community or home care.

In the second article, she discussed the challenges in terms of support for the elderly as they age.

The challenge essentially lies in adopting an eldercare approach that will empower the elderly so that they will be able to continue to age in a familial environment without losing their sense of autonomy and self-esteem.

Click here and here to read the first and second article respectively.

OCBC — NUS Evening Series @FASS

OCBC Evening Series


FRANK by OCBC is organising a series of talks on 8, 15 and 22 October, 7:00 pm, at AS7-01-17 Seminar Room B.  Event registration begins at 6:30pm. There will be dinner and an opportunity to meet OCBC executives after the talk.  Click on the respective hyperlinks below to sign up.

8 Oct  FRANK by OCBC presents: Mind your own money — Financial Literacy Talk

Are you too young for investments and insurance? If you are clueless about your financial journey, let Mr Vasu Menon (Vice President, Wealth Management, OCBC Bank) let you in on some financial tips and tricks.

Click here to sign up.


15 Oct  FRANK by OCBC presents: You are the CEO of your career — Career Management Talk

Come to our FRANK talk to learn how to plan and manage your career from a veteran Human Resource specialist as you approach your graduation and next stage of life.

Click here to sign up.


22 Oct  FRANK by OCBC presents: All that glitters is not just Gold – Careers@OCBC Recruitment talk

One tends to associate a successful and glittering career with attractive monetary rewards. Let our 2 speakers, who have built their careers in the financial industry, debunk this myth by sharing their exciting journeys with OCBC and how you may also build your own pot of gold.

Click here to sign up.







FASS Fosters Closer Connections between Students, Staff, Deanery, and Alumni

With the goal of building meaningful ties between students, staff and deanery members, as well as alumni, FASS’s External Relations and Student Life (ERSL) division recently invented the FASS Ensemble, FASS Joggers, and the FASS Care and Connect Series.

FASS Ensemble made its debut appearance at the FASS Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on 29 August 2015. Dr. Lam Lap (Associate Professor of Chinese Studies; violinist), Miss Jasmine Lee (Economics undergraduate student; violist), and Miss Wang Yushi (Psychology undergraduate student; pianist) performed a Trio titled Variations No. 4 by N. Baklanova, while Mr. Huang Junjie (Alumnus) and Dr. Stephen Lim (Assistant Dean of ERSL and Founder) performed a four-hands piano work titled Spanish Dances Op. 12 No. 5 (Bolero) by M. Moszkowski.

FASS Ensemble before its performances

FASS Joggers – Fasster Than You Imagine, led by its core team comprising of Dr. Stephen Lim (Assistant Dean of ERSL and Founder), Dr. Donna Brunero (Senior Lecturer of History), Mr. Hong Li Wee (Geography Undergraduate Student), Mr. Seah Eng Chye (Economics Alumnus), and Ms. Heng Yu Tse (Psychology Alumnus), embarked on their first pilot jog of 4.25 km around campus on 31 August 2015.

FASS Joggers at its first jog

The first FASS Care and Connect session was held on 16 September 2015, during which Dr. Stephen Lim (Assistant Dean of ERSL and Founder), Dr. Shirlena Huang (Vice Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Geography), Mr. Chu Yiu Tak (Psychology Alumnus and currently Captain of SCDF), FASS administration leaders, and students from nine different Departments discussed “Life After Graduation” over tea.

FASS Care and Connect session

We look forward to more of such excellent, exciting ventures by the ERSL division.

Dr. Stephen Lim wins Appreciation Award at NUS Sports Awards 2015

Dr. Stephen Lim, NUS Sports Awards 2015 Awardee
Dr. Stephen Lim, NUS Sports Awards 2015 Awardee

The NUS Sports Awards 2015 Ceremony was held at the University Town on 25 September 2015, graced by NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye.

We congratulate our Assistant Dean, Dr. Stephen Lim, for being one of only two recipients of the 2015 Supportive Staff Award. In addition to meeting and guiding FASS Sports Scholars regularly, Dr. Lim inspires and empowers student athletes beyond his classroom and research lab.

Dr. Lim comments: “In my view, holistic educational experiences are important. My wish is for FASS and NUS students to excel not just academically and in student-led research, but also in such areas as sports, the performing arts, and community work. I particularly wish, on this occasion, that many more deserving students will come to benefit from the NUS Sports Scholarships and Grants. I look forward to continually contributing towards NUS’s educational landscape in as many diverse ways as are within my capacities.”

Congratulations again, Dr. Lim.