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Japanese Foreign Policy: From Yoshida to Abe

Find out more about the Public Lecture Series by Distinguished Guest Speakers from Japan.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014 at NUSS Guild House.

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NUS establishes Professorship in Social Sciences in honour of Singapore’s First President Encik Yusof bin Ishak

The University will establish an endowed Professorship in Social Sciences in honour of Singapore’s first President, Encik Yusof Bin Ishak. The Yusof Ishak Professorship in Social Sciences pays tribute to Encik Yusof’s distinguished contributions to Singapore, especially his profound interest in promoting harmonious relations in a multiethnic and multicultural nation.

The endowed professorship will be established at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). It will enable FASS to attract and appoint leading social science academics who have demonstrated excellence and established international recognition in teaching and research in the areas of multiethnicity and multiculturalism.

Read the full article here.




Non-profit group BLESS launched by NUS students to help direct aid to the needy

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Straits Times Online

It was reported that a group of 45 undergraduates and recent graduates from NUS have started a non-profit organisation called Bringing Love to Every Single Soul (BLESS), to help coordinate, mobilise and direct aid to the needy. Founded by Miss Francesca Wah, who recently graduated from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, BLESS has five programmes that serve underprivileged children and the elderly.

Click here to read the full article.

National Day Award Recipients from FASS

Every year, a good number of staff from FASS receive the National Day Awards to honour their commitment and services to the nation, and this year is no exception. We would like to extend our hearty congratulations to all of them!

The Public Administration Medal (Bronze)

Assoc Prof Pakir, Anne
Director, International Relations Office
Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature

The Commendation Medal

Miss Wong Swee Eng
Senior Associate Director, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

The Efficiency Medal

Ms Hannah Lim Mong Yee
Management Assistant Officer, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

The Long Service Medal

Mdm Jamunarani d/o Danakkody
Management Assistant Officer, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Mrs Kamariah Bte Sumshuddin
Management Assistant Officer, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Lee Cher Leng
Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Studies

Assoc Prof Albert Tsui Ka Cheng
Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Mrs Fatimah Bte Ahmad
Management Assistant Officer, Department of English Language & Literature


For the full list of recipients from NUS, please click here.

FASS Congratulates Prof Tan Tai Yong!

The Faculty would like to congratulate Prof Tan Tai Yong on his appointment as NMP. Prof Tan is a proud graduate of the Faculty, having gotten his BA (Hons) and MA at the Department of History and finally coming back to lecture after obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He also served as Dean of FASS from 2004 to 2009 and is currently Vice Provost (Student Life).

To read more about Prof Tan’s appointment, click here.

Cozy and Supportive South Asian Studies Programme

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“The South Asian Studies Programme (SASP) is a small department, but its size provides a cozy and extremely supportive environment to do research in, from both an administrative and academic angle. The interdisciplinary nature of the department also exposed me to different approaches and ways of thinking, which formed and invaluably broad foundation. Similarly, the interdisciplinary courses recognised and encouraged by the SASP gave me a chance to sample and specialise across complementary discipline, and to meet fellow graduate students in different departments. This approach to learning and rigorous research has benefitted me even as I bring those skills to the corporate world, and as I discover how SASP’s training lasts far longer than just the graduate term itself.”

Ms Lee Wei Fen, (MA, NUS, 2013)
Research Manager (Ethnography),
Quantum Consumer Solutions, Mumbai, India

Gaining a Deeper Understanding

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“The part-time Masters programme in Applied Economics has been tremendously rewarding for me in terms of career opportunities, personal development as well as new friendships. Through this programme, I have gained a deeper understanding of the dynamic nature of the world economy and skill sets that are applicable in day-to-day work. The lecturers have been most patient and dedicated, and are always there to provide sound advice to my queries. I am truly grateful to them for being an inspiration to me and the Department for all the support during my two-year journey!”

Mr Wong Jian Xiang
M.Soc.Sci. (Applied Economics), Department of Economics, NUS, 2014
Manager, Ministry of Health

Building Friendships and Connections


“The world was different when I graduated my bachelor degree in 2008 before the global financial crisis. The Master in Applied Economics programme allows me to sharpen my analytical skill and refresh my academic knowledge as well as gain some insights into the global economic landscape which could help me excel in my career. Studying with top students from countries across Asia, class discussions were always rich with different perspectives brought onto the table. We also build friendships and connections here.”

Ms Preesuda Meiko Kuansupa
M.Soc.Sci. (Applied Economics), Department of Economics, NUS, 2014 Manager, Global Communications, Standard Chartered Bank

The Prevention of Obesity and Diabetes group (POD) presents Vulnerabilities and a Path to Resilience and Well-being in Singapore: Why Urban Farming in Residential Towns Makes Perfect Sense


SE3230: Seen and Unseen: Explorations in Balinese Theatre