Students from NUS’ Department of Chinese Studies visited Malacca to learn more about Admiral Zheng He (zbNOW, Page 4)

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

In today’s edition of Lianhe Zaobao, there was a report on a field trip to Malacca involving 20 NUS students who are studying the history of the Ming Dynasty, which took place from 26 to 27 February 2016. Led by Associate Professor Lee Cheuk Yin, who is from the Department of Chinese Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the trip aimed to enable students to learn more about Admiral Zheng He. The field studies component has been part of this module offered to Honours students since 2010.

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More government data can be made available to advance social science research: ESM Goh (21 Apr)

Friday, 22 April 2016

This was a report on the 2nd Social Service Research Centre Conference organised by the Social Service Research Centre (SSR) at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, on the theme of working with low-income families in Singapore. In his keynote address, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who is the Centre’s advisor and Guest-of-Honour at the event, noted that the Government can help to advance social science research by making more data readily available to researchers.


In a related report titled “Debt relief ‘helps poor avoid bad decisions’” (Home, Page B6), it was reported that a local study on how debt affects the poor, which was presented at the conference, has found that clearing the debts of the poor reduces their anxiety and helps them focus better, possibly reducing the chances that they will make bad decisions which keep them mired in poverty. The study was conducted by Dr Ong Qiyan, Research Fellow at SSR, and Dr Walter Theseira from UniSIM.

In another related report titled “Low-income families with housing problems need more help, social workers say” (TODAY Online, 21 Apr), it was mentioned that a study by Assistant Professor Ng Kok Hoe from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS and Dr Neo Yu Wei from UniSIM, has found that when it comes to helping clients with housing problems, some social workers see their clients as victims who could do with more policy flexibility.

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NUS researchers launch online campaign to raise awareness of poverty in Singapore

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Straits Times Online

It was reported that a group of NUS researchers, led by Professor Mohan J. Dutta, Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) and Head of the FASS Department of Communications and New Media, conducted a study on 180 low-income individuals over the past three years. The study found that while resources are available to help the people on low incomes, many of them do not know how to tap into them, while others do not seek help for fear of being stigmatised and alienated. The group has produced a White Paper on their key findings and has launched an online campaign called Singaporeans Left Behind to raise awareness of the everyday challenges encountered by the poor. The researchers will publish two additional White Papers within the next month on solutions proposed during dialogue sessions with the community.

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How elders’ savings alter support ratio (Opinion, Page A22)

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Associate Professor Tilak Abeysinghe from the Department of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Abeysinghe, who is also the Director of the Department’s Singapore Centre for Applied and Policy Economics, discussed the old-age dependency ratio (ODR), one of the simplest measures commonly used to assess the burden of the elderly. He noted that the elderly’s savings can change the outlook for our ageing population, and shared about the savings-adjusted ODR he developed, which requires an adjustment to the conventional demographic ratio to account for savings available to the elderly.

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Maids trained to be counsellors to peers (Home, Page B1)

Monday, 11 April 2016

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was a report on an initiative by NUS and migrant worker welfare group Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home), where 39 Filipino foreign domestic workers in Singapore are currently being trained to recognise signs of mental stress and to offer help, to improve mental health support for foreign domestic workers here. Assistant Professor Keng Shian-Ling from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, who is the principal investigator of the research initiative, said that the idea is for the foreign domestic workers to serve as a bridge between the professional mental health community and their own community.

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Online values, Ai and AI (Opinion, Page A24)

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun from the Department of Communications and New Media at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Lim discussed the trial of Ai Takagi and Microsoft’s launch of its latest artificial intelligence creation Tay to illustrate the powers and burdens of technology designers. She observed that in both cases, core societal values of peace, tolerance, mutual understanding and respect were undermined by extreme views that were released, unbridled, into public space. She noted that technology is paradoxical in its effects but never neutral, despite its seemingly mechanical logic and opined that Singapore’s designers, engineers, programmers and inventors must assiduously incorporate values into their innovation process, understanding, integrating and supporting the values that Singapore society deems paramount.

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