Panel to document Malay-Muslim community history (Page 11)

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Berita Minggu

It was reported that Dr Azhar Ibrahim, Lecturer from the Department of Malay Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will be leading a panel to document the oral histories of the Malay-Muslim community together with a former judge, Mr Abdul Rahim Jalil. It was mentioned that the National Library Board and the National Archives of Singapore have conducted nearly 400 oral interviews with Malay-Muslim personalities in the community. The panel will advise on the themes to be covered and propose other personalities to be added to the list.

Click here to read the article in Malay.

Failure of US ‘economic democratisation’

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Korea Times

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Shin Jang-Sup from the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and former adviser to Korea’s finance minister, in which he examined how economic democratisation originated in the U.S. and how it has been practiced in Korea. Assoc Prof Shin opined that the main task of the Korean government is to find concrete ways to achieve equitable distribution while maintaining economic dynamism in the context of the Korean economy, rather than sticking to the ambiguous term of economic democratisation and attempting to implant the failures of the U.S. in Korea without critical assessment.

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Expert: Hang Tuah existed, ruled Temasek (Page 6) 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Berita Harian

This was a feature on the views and research work of two NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences researchers – Associate Professor John Miksic from the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, and Dr Azhar Ibrahim, from the Department of Malay Studies – on the existence and historical importance of Hang Tuah, an illustrious warrior of the 15th Century Malaccan Sultanate. Assoc Prof Miksic shared that in addition to Malay history, Hang Tuah was also often mentioned in various foreign sources such as documents and correspondence from China and Okinawa in Japan. Dr Azhar, who teaches texts about Hang Tuah in a Malay literature module, opined that Hang Tuah’s existence has become a mythology and legend, and its text was created by the feudal class to promote Malay nationalism by portraying Hang Tuah as the perfect Malay subject who was unconditionally loyal to the Sultanate.

Click here and here to read the article in Malay.

FASS Psychology Student Adalyn Heng Wins 2016 University Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize

FASS Highlights_OURP 2016-PhotoWe are delighted that Adalyn Heng from the Department of Psychology has been selected by the NUS as the sole FASS winner of the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize (OURP), on the basis of her recent honours thesis research mentored by Dr Stephen Lim, Director of the NUS Cognition and Education Laboratory.

The researchers comment: “In educational settings, the ability to ask good questions is critical. In this study, we explored the extent to which retrieval practice can enhance learners’ ability to generate higher-order questions. Participants were randomly allocated to one of two learning groups, wherein they either studied a text per se (S_S_) or used a combination of repeated studying and repeated retrieval (SRSR). They returned a week later and generated questions based on the text which they had studied. We observed that participants in the SRSR group asked significantly more higher-order questions than did those in the S_S_ group. This observation has important implications for how we might improve classroom engagement and learning in the real world.”

In addition, Adalyn shares her research experience: “I have learnt the importance of reflection in the research process. At times, making progress on research requires one to take a step back to reflect on and reconnect with one’s initial purpose of embarking on the project. For example, the research process is often fraught with various methodological challenges, ranging from selecting (or developing) experimental materials, specifying the experimental task and conditions, to deciding what statistical tool to use to analyze the data. In addressing these methodological challenges, it is important to stay connected to the overarching purpose of the research and to not lose sight of the larger picture, which in this instance, is to ultimately enhance pedagogical practices. I owe what I have achieved thus far to Dr Lim’s patience and generosity in mentoring and nurturing me. I am beyond grateful.”

We extend our congratulations to Adalyn and Dr Lim!

English literature in schools: Time to update the plot? (Opinion, Page A27)

Wednesday, 24 June 2016

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Professor Philip Holden from the Department of English Language and Literature, and Assistant Professor Suzanne Choo from the English Language and Literature Academic Group at NIE. The authors noted that literature classrooms in Singapore schools seem insulated from the world, and suggested three reforms to the Literature curriculum. They opined that the literature classroom should provide an inclusive and dialogic space to help students grapple with the ethical tensions and ambiguities in the world today, rather than emphasise formulaic analysis of literary techniques.

Click here to read the article.

Kids of pushy parents ‘face higher risk of depression’ (Top of the News, Page A3)

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

 The Straits Times

This was a report on a five-year study led by Assistant Professor Ryan Hong from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The study examined how maladaptive perfectionism, commonly known as the “bad” form of perfectionism, develops in primary school children in Singapore. The research, which involved 263 children and their parents, revealed that children with intrusive parents are at least two times more likely to develop high levels of self-criticalness compared with others.

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Leveraging smart mapping technology to ensure global food security

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

CIO Asia

It was reported that Mr Yan Yingwei, a final year PhD student from the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has bagged the 2016 Esri Young Scholar Award for his innovative use of Geographic Information System or smart mapping technology to study the impact of climate change on invasive crops pests. His project aims to mitigate the negative impact of pests on agriculture and to develop solutions to ensure global food security. Mr Yan will be presenting his project to more than 15,000 spatial professionals from over 140 countries, at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, which will take place from 26 June to 1 July 2016.

Click here to read the article.

Social workers ‘key to meeting health and social needs’ (Home, Page B4)

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Straits Times

This was a report on the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, which is organised by the Singapore Association of Social Workers, in partnership with the Department of Social Work from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong spoke at the conference and said that health and social needs tend to be interrelated and the healthcare system must change to reflect this. He added that social workers, in particular, are key to making sure such needs are met. The conference will be held until 23 June 2016 at the NUS University Town.

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Tracing the footsteps of the early Straits Chinese (zbNOW, Page 4)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

It was reported that 30 NUS undergraduate and post-graduate students had participated in a field trip led by Associate Professor Wong Sin Kiong from the Department of Chinese Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to learn more about the early Straits Chinese in Singapore and their contributions to the Chinese community. The field trip followed with a lecture titled “When Raffles “met” Confucius: Peranakans, the English-educated, and their interactions with the Chinese community in Singapore”, which was held in the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), as part of the ACM-NUS Department of Chinese Studies Chinese Cultures in Singapore Lecture Series.

Click here to read the article in Mandarin.

International New York Times Writing Competition 2016

Students are invited to participate in the 2016 International New York Times (INYT) Asia Pacific Writing Competition, with the chance to have their writing published in the International New York Times.

Each year, the INYT invites secondary and tertiary students across Asia to submit a short piece on an important global issue. Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of New York Times editors and journalists, with the winning entries published in the INYT newspaper across Asia.

This year’s topic is “Global Youth” and the submission deadline is Friday 29 July, 2016. All secondary and undergraduate level students are invited to participate. Each student will receive a free 4-week subscription to to assist them with their submission, along with a certificate recognising their participation in the competition.


Competition Details:

Topic: Global Youth

Submission deadline: 29 July 2016

All entries must be submitted via email through our canvas website:


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