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Love to explore places in Singapore?

Hi everyone!

Need to take a break between revisions and exams?
Looking to explore and learn new things about Singapore?
Got 1hour or so to spare between April 21st and May 4th?

We are looking for paid research subjects to walk a designated trail with our app and a GoPro camera.
For details see our attached advertisement here: NUS Research Study on Understanding Mediated Sense of Place

To sign up, begin by answering a short questionnaire at:

For more information, you can also contact Joy Ng (joyngxueqi@gmail.com).


Academics propose setting up agency to support social research

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Lianhe Zaobao

It was reported that academics have expressed support for the suggestion by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong that the government or the People’s Action Party could set up a committee to review social policies. Academics from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Professor Brenda Yeoh, Dean; Associate Professor Paulin Straughan, Vice Dean (International Relations and Special Duties); Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser from the Department of Sociology – and Dr Matthew Matthews, Senior Research Fellow from the Institute of Policy Studies at NUS, also suggested that the government can set up a national agency dedicated to social issues and to fund related research.

Click here to read the full article in Chinese.

Interested in Volunteering in Places like Ecuador, the Fijian Islands or South Africa?

VESA (www.vesabroad.com) is a truly unique two week experience incorporating meaningful volunteer work and an Amazonian jungle tour in South America’s Ecuador, volunteering whilst staying with a host family, followed by an incredible week long cruise of the Fijian Islands or working in orphanages or in crocodile conservation in South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal followed by an amazing safari!

Where would you like to volunteer this year?



If you choose South America, you will be based in a picturesque Ecuadorian jungle village and commute daily via canoe to an indigenous community to undertake vital volunteer work. This includes helping to construct much needed facilities for the village school, teaching English and installing ablution facilities to give the villagers access to better health and hygiene! Your second week with us will see you trekking through the wild jungle of the Amazon Basin. Here you will see all manners of jungle life, stay in tribal accommodation & lodges, visit a shaman and top the trip off with an intense day of white water rafting.
If your choice is The Fijian Islands, you will be working alongside, a local non profit organization. Here, you will be staying with a local family in their village, working in the community helping to educate the children by teaching them English, as well as basic hygiene, building washroom facilities at the school as well as helping to construct water tanks and pipelines. Your second week of your trip will see you sailing up the picturesque remote Yasawa Islands. Every day will see you partake in a different activity, whether it be relaxing in your own private hammock, snorkelling/scuba with sea turtles, kayaking to a deserted island, or chilling on the beach with new mates, it’s a trip like no other!



 africa_leopard Or if your choose Africa as your destination you will be working in the world heritage site of St. Lucia. This year we will be working alongside the local Zulu tribe; working in orphanages, teaching English, building houses for impoverished families and working alongside cheetahs and crocodile`s in our conservation projects. To top off your time in Africa, you will travelling by open air bus, visiting 3 game parks, sighting Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebras, Leopards, Hippos and Lions!


If you would like to be a part of something incredible this summer, or would simply like more information we will be hosting information sessions at the following location:

Visit www.vesabroad.com and apply online,  or alternatively join us at National University of Singapore Wednesday 16th April 2014, in the Kent Ridge Guild House- Cluny Room @ 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm

Why not check out our Facebook group, Volunteer Eco Students Abroad to see what current participants have to say!

How David Hoe fought his way to university

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Sunday Times

This was a feature on Mr David Hoe, who is an undergraduate from the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Mr Hoe shared about the challenges he had faced in his educational journey from the Normal (Technical) stream to undergraduate studies at NUS. Today, he is a well-respected youth and student leader, who has a teaching scholarship from the Ministry of Education.

At the Tembusu College at NUS, Mr Hoe has rallied students for several projects, such as a mentoring programme with New Town Secondary School and an initiative where university students read newspapers with beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. It was mentioned in the report that he will be speaking at The Straits Times Education Forum on 4 May.

Click here to read the full article.

Digging the history of Jalan Kubor

Monday, 14 April 2014

Berita Harian

This was a report on a project by the National Heritage Board (NHB) to document Singapore’s oldest Malay cemetery at Jalan Kubor.  The project team comprises Assistant Professor Imran bin Tajudeen from the Department of Architecture at NUS School of Design and Environment; Dr Mohamed Effendy bin Abdul Hamid, a Postdoctoral Fellow and Dr Muhammad Arafat bin Mohamad, a teaching assistant from the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; and Mr Muhammad Yazid bin Ninsalam, a researcher at the Singapore ETH Centre.

Click here to read the full article in Malay.

Trekking for a good cause

Friday, 11 April 2014


It was reported that Mr Ashokan Ashik, a second-year Communications and New Media student at NUS, and Mr Ashok Kumar, a second-year Business student at SIM, will be trekking up the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal to raise awareness and funds for the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. The two have created a campaign called “Heart2Climb” through which they aim to raise donations for the SPD, which caters to 4,600 people with disabilities.

Click here to read the full article.



Help a good cause. Join as a GLOW volunteer! Visit www.nuss.org.sg/glow.aspx for details!

FASS Mentorship Programme 2014/2015

Dear FASS students, if you are planning to graduate in 2015, this is for you!

FASS Mentorship Programme 2014/15 (FASSMP)

In this programme, you will be matched with a FASS Alumni Mentor who can lend a Helping Hand in your Transition fromUniversity to Working Life. Each student will be matched with a mentor who can provide you with career and personal development guidance over the period of 1 year (August 2014 till July 2015 – during which at least four meetings are encouraged). It is up to mentors and their mentees to decide how best to engage each other in the exchange of ideas, and sharing of experiences and knowledge; whether over a meal, involvement in seminars and event management, or office visits to understand the working environment etc. In 2013/14, 86 FASS students were enrolled in the programme.

More information about the FASSMP can be found at our website:http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/studentlife/mentorship.html

call for mentees poster_new deadline_25 april

NUS team wins Pitch It! digital ad contest

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Sunday Times

It was reported that a team of four NUS students from the NUS Business School and Department of Communications and New Media at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – who called themselves team “Envision” – beat 17 other teams from NUS, NTU and SMU to win the second annual Pitch It! competition on 5 April.

Each team was given $5,000 to carry out a 12-day campaign to advertise The Straits Times digital subscriptions to student peers. Envision launched its effort using e-mail and Facebook and was praised by judges for displaying an effective strategy.

Pitch It! is organised by the NUS Department of Communications and New Media and sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings, ad agency Bates CHI & Partners and media agency m/Six. Members of the winning team will get the opportunity to work as interns at the agencies sponsoring the contest.

Click here to read the full article.

Ask: NUS Economists: Traffic congestion affects commuting costs which impact on housing prices

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution on the impact of traffic congestion on housing prices, by Dr Eric Fesselmeyer, Senior Lecturer, and Associate Professor Liu Haoming from the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A study conducted by the authors using data from 2002 to 2012 show that the average peak-hour expressway speed, a measure of traffic congestion, does have a sizeable effect on the location premium.

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.

Click here to read the full article.