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Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2014 and FASS Special Teaching Award Winners

We are very pleased to extend our warmest congratulations to the following faculty members on their achievements. A total of 6 faculty members have won the Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2014 (for teaching done in 2013/14). Of these, two have further distinguished themselves by being placed on the ATEA Honour Roll for having won the ATEA a total of three times. The awardees were nominated by the FASS Faculty Teaching Excellence Committee (FTEC) and selected by the University Teaching Excellence Committee (UTEC). The Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) 2014 winners are:



Dr Aamir Rafique Hashmi*


Dr Christopher Michael McMorran*

Japanese Studies

                    Dr Zhang Yang


Dr Susan Ang Wan Ling

English Language & Literature
             A/Prof Maurizio Peleggi


Dr Terence Lee Chek Liang

Political Science

* will be placed on the ATEA Honour Roll.

In addition to the ATEA 2014 winners, the Faculty also recognises six faculty members who have won the ‘FASS Special Teaching Awards’ at the recently concluded FASS awards ceremony/dinner. The winners are:

  • A/P Timothy Barnard (History) who wins the Educational Leadership Award which acknowledges colleagues who have made a difference in curricula and programme development.
  • Ms Sasiwimol Klayklueng (Centre for Language Studies) who wins the Pedagogy Award which acknowledges colleagues with excellent research on teaching and learning pedagogies.
  • A/P Lim Sun Sun (Communications and New Media) who wins the Innovation Award which recognises innovative use of technologies in teaching and engaging students.
  • Dr Suriani Suratman (Malay Studies) who wins the Versatility Award, which recognises colleagues who teach an admirable range of modules across levels, student numbers and genres.
  • Dr Zhang Yang (Economics) and Dr Gilbert Yeoh (English Language and Literature) who both win the Students’ Choice Award which recognises excellence in student feedback (both qualitative and quantitative).

Teaching excellence is something we are deeply committed to at FASS, and our faculty members are testimonies to this. Congratulations and all the very best!

Flash floods expected only in localised areas with Singapore’s well-designed drainage system (Page 4)

27 February 2015

Lianhe Zaobao

This was a report on the two-day NUS workshop titled “Future Floods: An Exploration of a Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Flood Risk Forecasting”, a collaboration between the Environmental Cluster at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Institute of Water Policy and AON Asia. Experts at the workshop shared that with global warming, future rainfall in Singapore is expected to be more frequent and higher in intensity. Professor Robert James Wasson, Senior Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, and Assistant Professor Winston Chow, from the NUS Department of Geography, both noted that Singapore’s drainage system today is well-designed and has the ability to withstand high rainfall load. With the exception of flash floods or ponding incidents, the massive flooding episodes of the past are not likely to recur in Singapore.

Marketing and Research Internship by Social Innovation Park Ltd (SIP)

2015 Marketing and Research Internship
Job Description

Introduction to SIP:

Social Innovation Park Ltd (SIP) is an impartial, not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Singapore that incubates social entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide to bring positive innovations to lives and societies.

Our many initiatives and projects are tailored to achieve our mission to Educate, Empower, and Enhance. As an incubator of Social Enterprises and Innovations, we strive to make a sustainable impact for a robust and dynamic social entrepreneurial community both locally and globally.

To know more, please visit www.socialinnovationpark.org

Projects Description:

Global Social Innovators Forum (GSIF), SIP’s flagship event held annually in Singapore since 2006, seeks to build a community of changemakers and further push the boundaries of social innovation across people, public and private sectors, getting world leaders and global innovators across different sectors to collaborate for new paradigms and solutions, delivering on SIP’s mission of education, empowerment and enhancement. To know more, please visit http://www.socialinnovatorsforum.org/

GSIF will provide an invaluable learning opportunities for the intern to be involved in the planning and execution phases of a world class forum.

Pop and Talent Hub (PaTH), an initiative of Social Innovation Park Ltd (SIP), is Singapore’s first social enterprise talent development platform. PaTH champions social entrepreneurship via the arts by developing creative PaTH talents from traditionally marginalised groups. Through the initiative, PaTH talents gain access to mentors, networks, and commercial sales platforms that give them opportunities to develop their talents to create a sustainable business ventures. At the same time, PaTH creates a mindset change in the community by showing that every person can positively contribute to society. To know more, visit http://popandtalenthub.com/

PaTH shall provide the intern first-hand experience of working with marginalised talents in the community as well as managing finances of a market, gaining broad experience as to how to work with artists from marginalised sections of society in Singapore.


  1. Assist in preparing documents for business development, partners & VWOs and Social Enterprises
  2. Assist with marketing & research of GSIF2015 and other events
  3. Assist in vendor research, management and organization of PaTH market at various venues and its activities
  4. Any other specific tasks as assigned by the supervisors

To apply, please send your resume to your school or hr@socialinnovationpark.org. You can contact Ms Soh Sue Ping at 6312 8802 for more information.


The greatest generation (Page 21)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Lianhe Zaobao

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng from the Department of Japanese Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Thang reflected on the two-day conference organised by the Next Age Institute (NAI) at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and discussed the challenges that Asian countries encounter as a result of an aging society.

Song, dance and magic performances at Chinese New Year concert organised by NUS Chinese Studies Students’ Society (zbNOW, Page 4) 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Lianhe Zaobao

It was reported that the NUS Chinese Studies Students’ Society staged a concert featuring modern hip-hop dance, as well as music and magic performances on 15 February 2015 to celebrate Chinese New Year. The show titled “Remembrance of Spring” was held at the NUS University Culture Centre.

Assessing the value of mangrove swamps (Opinion, Page A29)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

 The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Daniel Friess from the Department of Geography in the NUS Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences in which he discussed Singapore’s declining coastal ecosystem as a result of urbanisation. Asst Prof Friess also examined the paradigm of “ecosystem services” as a way of increasing awareness of the importance of ecosystems, and potentially as a way of quantifying their value – economic or otherwise. He opined that exploring the potential of ecosystem services such as climate regulation, coastal protection and carbon sequestration may provide decision-makers with the evidence to make informed management decisions that incorporate and utilise the varied benefits of the country’s hidden coastline to ensure a sustainable Singapore in the future.

Click here to read full article.

Peeling away S’pore’s class layers (Saturday, Pages D1–D3)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Straits Times

This was a report on a study titled “Class and Social Orientations” conducted by Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser, who is from the Department of Sociology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as the Social Lab at the Institute of Policy Studies. The study had found that class is a defining division in society in Singapore, and that the class a person falls into shapes his attitudes and choices. Assoc Prof Tan based his findings on a 2011 survey on 2,700 Singaporeans, who were asked their views on a range of issues such as factors for success and politics.

Click here to read full article.


New research institute to tackle ageing issues (Home, Page B4)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Straits Times

This was a report on the launch of the Next Age Institute (NAI), an academic partnership between the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), which was graced by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower. It will tackle social issues arising from an ageing population, such as intergenerational relationships and financial adequacy. Its research includes disciplines like social work, economics, law, medicine, engineering and architecture.

Helmed by Associate Professor Chia Ngee Choon and Associate Professor Corinne Ghoh from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Professor Michael Sherraden from WUSTL, who is also the S R Nathan Professor at the NUS Department of Social Work, the NAI will begin a pilot study on care services for elderly patients who have been hospitalised for serious conditions, such as stroke and hip fractures, and the care they receive after discharge. The research, involving 30 families, will look into the possibility of conducting a one-year longitudinal study to track the caregiving support for seniors and their family members. The institute will also embark on other research projects, including studying options for financing retirement needs.

Join us: U@live featuring the “Toilet Man” Mr Jack Sim l 25 Feb7.30pm

Today, about a billion people worldwide face the indignity of defecating in the open. The lack of clean and safe school toilets leads to higher dropout among girls once they reach puberty. Diarrhoeal diseases – a direct result of poor sanitation – claim more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

A taboo topic often shrouded in ignorance and silence, toilet sanitation begs for open discourse and social awareness in its global implications on health, education and safety.

Jack Sim asks the provocative question: what would it take to mobilise our society and see social change in this sorely neglected issue, and what can we do about it?

We welcome you to join the founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO) as he shares the reason for his abiding passion about the need for toilet sanitation, turning it into a global movement in the process.

Details of the event are as follow:
Date               : 25 February 2015 (Wednesday)
Time               : 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Registration at 6:45pm, Seated at 7:15pm, Cocktail reception after the event)
Location        : Shaw Foundation Alumni House – Auditorium, National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.

Register HERE.  As this is a complimentary event, your early registration is appreciated.

A unique feature of U@live is that not only will it be viewed by a live audience, it will be streamed live through a dedicated website (www.nus.edu.sg/ualive). The event will also incorporate a new interactive application that allows users to post and vote for their favourite questions in real time. The event will consist of a 10-minute talk by the speaker, followed by a 20-minute interview conducted by Mr Viswa Sadasivan and a 30-minute Q&A session open to the live and online audience.

Part-Time to Full Time Internship and Intern to Perm Conversion Opportunities Available


Accenture’s Human Resource team is looking for an intern to join our Talent Acquisition team for a period of 6 months or more!

The intern will have the following scope of responsibilities:
1. Design, develop and implement campus recruitment initiatives, including but not         limited to career fairs, networking and industry talks.
2. Design, develop and manage inventories of campus collaterals and logistics.
3. Liaising with various campus student groups and their student leadership.
4. Conduct phone and digital interviews and perform CV screening, make offers to              successful candidates.
5. Administer and manage the hiring requisitions in Jobsbank.

Job Requirements:
1. Commit for a minimum of 6 months (full time is preferred, but part-time                         arrangements can be discussed)
2. Passionate about talent management and human resources
3. Creative and innovative, having active links with existing student leadership groups      are preferred.
4. Be in their second, third or penultimate year in NUS, NTU, SMU or SUTD. Recent         graduates are also welcomed to apply
5. Singaporean or Singapore PRs – due to Jobsbank requirements (Singpass required)

This contract position may lead up to a permanent position upon graduation, depending on performance, the year of study of the candidate and hiring demand in the months that lead up to the end of the contract.

If you have friends who are keen and available to take up this opportunity, do get them to send their resumes to my email address at daryl.z.boey@accenture.com. Thanks!

Warm Regards,

Daryl Boey

Human Resources – Campus Recruiter
Accenture Pte Ltd
#33-00 Raffles City Tower, Singapore 179101
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