Live screening of Hacking the Wild premiere on 16th Feb

CNM’s Dr Andrew Quitmeyer is starring in Discovery Channel’s ‘Hacking the Wild’ series, which premieres this month. Watch the trailer here https://goo.gl/xLC516

Dr Quitmeyer is hosting a live screening of the first show on 16 Feb 2017, 11am at LT 7A, Building 36.

To read more on his research and for details of the screening head over here
https://goo.gl/54Lnvt

Hope to see you at the screening!

Which industries are vulnerable to the ‘sharing economy’? (Opinion, Page A22)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Distinguished Professor Ivan Png from the Department of Strategy and Policy at NUS Business School and the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Prof Png shared his views of the sense and nonsense of the “sharing economy”, citing Uber as an example.

The article is part of a monthly series “Ask: NUS Economists” by the NUS Department of Economics. Each month, a panel will address a topical issue.

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The pros and cons of US withdrawal from TPP (Opinion, Page A20)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Associate Professor Shin Jang-Sup from the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Shin noted that history tells us that the freest trade does not necessarily guarantee maximum growth of the world economy. He opined that it also tells us that the launch of the World Trade Organization regime and various other initiatives to further liberalise the world economy, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had, at best, a marginal effect on global economic growth. He added that in this respect, US President Donald Trump’s dumping of TPP and his intended revisions of other trade agreements would not have strong negative effects on the world economy.

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Guard against gig economy creating permanent underclass (Opinion, Page A21)

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Irene Ng, who is from the Department of Social Work at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Director of the Social Service Research Centre at NUS; and Professor Lim Sun Sun, Head of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at SUTD. The authors discussed the challenges that arise from gig economy employment of low-wage workers.

They noted that without the security of an organisation that provides employment benefits such as healthcare, insurance and skills upgrading, low-wage workers’ gig economy employment offers limited social mobility. They opined that on the low-wage, low-skills end, the gig economy is really more of a chore economy manned by people performing chores that the wealthy seek to outsource. To avoid entrenching people within the chore economy, the authors also highlighted the need to implement policy safeguards that can offer these low-wage workers the advantages of long-term employment, and public education to apprise them of the value of upskilling.

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Love for Malay theatre blossomed after competition (Page 8)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Berita Harian

It was reported that Ms Nur Diyanah Razali, a final year student from the Department of Malay Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Science, is now working on her thesis on Malay theatre for her final year studies. Ms Diyanah attributed her love for Malay theatre to her participation in Semarak Temasek, a Malay theatre competition, when she was in junior college.

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What do Singaporeans view as successful ageing? (Page 15)

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Lianhe Zaobao

This was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Feng Qiushi from the Department of Sociology at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he discussed about what Singaporeans perceive as successful ageing. He shared that he was involved in a social research project in 2011 that was led by Associate Professor Paulin Straughan from the same Department, which had come up with 12 benchmarks on how successful ageing can be defined.

Guided trail to offer glimpse of WWII in Singapore (Top of the News, Page A10)

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, it was reported that Dr Mohamed Effendy, a lecturer from the Department of History at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will be leading a three-hour walking tour named “The Last Days of Empire” with students. This is one of 11 guided tours organised by the National Heritage Board and other partners to mark the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. The walking tour starts at the University Cultural Centre and will take participants to a World War II memorial plaque at University Town, which marks the site where 10 allied commandos in Operation Rimau were executed by the Japanese after a failed operation in 1944. The tour will end at the Old Ford Factory, the site where British forces surrendered Singapore to the Japanese army on 15 February 1942.

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