FASS90 Political Science Lecture Series on the Practice of Foreign Affairs: Bilahari Kausikan on Singapore Foreign Policy

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In conjunction with FASS’ 90th anniversary, the Department of Political Science is organising a public lecture series on the Practice of Foreign Affairs. The guest lecturer is former Ambassador and currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, Mr Bilahari Kausikan.

Date: 30 Jan, 20 Feb, 13 Mar, 20 Mar & 3 Apr
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: FASS LT11 (Click for map)

Sign up for the lecture via the following links:
https://tinyurl.com/polsci-sfp-nusmembers (NUS members)
https://tinyurl.com/polsci-sfp-public (Public members)

The synopses for the lectures are as follows:

Lecture One: How to Think about Foreign Policy?
30 January 2019
The first lecture situates the fundamental role of national interests in foreign policy. Why are Singapore’s national interests not better and more widely understood? The talk examines some common errors in thinking about foreign policy, as well as the creation and maintenance of relevance for a small city-state, and why small countries should not behave like small countries.

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Lecture Two: Origins I – Relations with Malaysia and Indonesia
20 February 2019
The second lecture conveys the inevitable complexity of relations with Singapore’s neighbours. It provides an overview of the systemic origins of bilateral tensions with our neighbours, focusing on the uses and abuses of history, and the roles of ‘baggage’ and personality. The talk ends with thoughts on how Singapore could manage complexity and cope with competing nationalisms with our neighbours.

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Lecture Three: Origins II – ASEAN: Vital but Limited
13 March 2019
 The third lecture discusses the origins of regionalism in Southeast Asia. It explains the necessity but also the limits of ASEAN. The talk will suggest that ‘it is pointless to criticise a cow for being an imperfect horse’.

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Lecture Four: The New Global and Regional Strategic Context
20 March 2019
The fourth lecture looks at the key factors driving change in the global and regional order. Issues to be explored include: the nature of US-China relations, coping with competing influences, the roles of Japan, India, Australia, Russia and the EU. The talk also offers thoughts as to why the future of East Asia will be multi-polar.

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Lecture Five: Future Challenges
3 April 2019
The final lecture in the series examines the interaction of foreign policy and domestic politics. It offers thoughts on how to manage uncertainty and emerging systemic vulnerabilities in Singapore.

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An Evening of Poetry with Keki Daruwalla – Chaired by Edwin Thumboo 29 July 7pm

Join eminent Indian poet, Keki N Daruwalla, for an evening of poetry, conversation and share his rich creative journey at the National Library. Chaired by poet Edwin Thumboo, visitors will also be able to discover more about each poet’s works from the National Library’s Literary Arts collection at a mini-book display. This event is organised by The Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.

Keki N Daruwalla
Indian poet and writer Keki N Daruwalla (b. 1937) is a recipient of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia (1977), Sahitya Academy Award (1984) and the prestigious Padma Shri Award (2014).  He has written 10 poetry volumes, five short fiction collections, two novels and his third novel Swerving to Solitude is in press with Simon & Schuster.

Edwin Thumboo
Singapore poet and Emeritus Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature Edwin Thumboo (b.1933) has published several volumes of poetry including  award-winning poems “Ulysses by the Merlion” (1979) and “Gods Can Die” (1978).

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Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2016/17

FASS is pleased to announce that the following faculty members won the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) 2016/17:

  • Ms Cho Jin Hee (Center for Language Studies)
  • Assoc Prof Ong Chang Woei (Chinese Studies)
  • Dr Ong Ee Cheng (Economics)
  • Dr Graham John Wolfe (English Language and Literature)
  • Dr Leslie Lee (English Language and Literature)
  • Dr Lee Li Neng (Psychology)
  • Assoc Prof Narayanan Ganapathy (Sociology)
  • Assoc Prof Chua Kynn Hong, Vincent (Sociology)
  • Dr Lee Geok Ling (Social Work)
  • Dr Zhou Ziqian Jan (Centre for English Language Communication; teaching the Faculty core module FAS1101)

As this is the third time he is winning the ATEA, A/P Narayanan Ganapathy will also be placed on the ATEA Honour Roll.

Each and every one of the above award winners is a testimony to our faculty’s commitment to excellent teaching, and the effort our staff puts into delivering the best to our students.

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

CELC Oral Communication Camp 2017

Dear Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students,

In line with the National University of Singapore’s ‘Able Communicator Initiative’ to prepare NUS students to function effectively in the workplace of the 21st century, the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) is organising an Oral Communication Camp entitled ‘Mastering the Art of Professional Communication’ scheduled on 15th to 17th May 2017.

The event, which is open to NUS undergraduates and postgraduates, seeks to highlight communicative philosophies and approaches that leaders have adopted in managing shifting demands in dynamic situations.

Through this 3-day camp, you will be able to understand the importance and role of workplace communication, and the process of planning an impactful professional presentation.

You will also learn useful strategies to convince and persuade the audience, and develop good vocal and visual delivery skills to effectively support your content.

Some of our esteemed guest speakers include Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Mr. Lawrence Chan, VP & Head, Regional Acquirer & Merchant Partnership, Asia Pacific, Visa International, and Mr. Rod Strother, VP of Digital Transformation, Starhub.

There are limited places available, so please register before places run out! To get more information about the event, please visit our page at http://www.nus.edu.sg/celc/programmes/oralcamp.php.

New closing date! Register online by Wed 26 Apr!

To register for the camp, please access the online registration form here: https://mysurvey.nus.edu.sg/EFM/se/543BE5C2367E5B0B and pay a $20 (non-refundable cash payment) fee at CELC.

Here is a link to a map showing where CELC is located: http://www.nus.edu.sg/celc/aboutus/contact_us.php.

Certificate of participation and achievement will be awarded to participants and winners!

We hope to see you there!

Student Assistants – 17 to 21 April 2017, 9am-6pm

Dear Students,

“The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP)”  is looking for Student Assistants to assist in our upcoming event :

Date                :             Your services will be required from April 17 – 21, 2017 from 9am – 6pm.

Event               :           “International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2017”

Payment         :            $8.00 an hour

Please contact Ms Rajeswari at +65 6516 5277, bizrb@nus.edu.sg  if you are interested.

 

The Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Competition 2017 (The Short Story)

To all staff and students of NUS,

Enter your original unpublished short story in The Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Competition 2017 (The Short Story) now and stand to win!

1st Prize: $10,000

2nd Prize: $6,000

3rd Prize: $4,000

The biennial Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Prize is a gift from Dr Sylvia Goh to NUS in memory and recognition of her late husband Goh Sin Tub, one of Singapore’s best-known writers. The Competition is open to all members of the NUS community.  The closing date for receipt of entries is at 5pm on Thursday, 31 August 2017.

For more details of the competition and the official registration form, please click here.

Please email Angeline (ellanga@nus.edu.sg) for more information.

CELC Oral Communication Camp 2017

Dear Students,

In line with the National University of Singapore’s ‘Able Communicator Initiative’ to prepare NUS students to function effectively in the workplace of the 21st century, the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) is organising an Oral Communication Camp entitled ‘Mastering the Art of Professional Communication’ scheduled on 15th to 17th May 2017.  The event, which is open to NUS undergraduates and postgraduates, seeks to highlight communicative philosophies and approaches that leaders have adopted in managing shifting demands in dynamic situations.

Through this 3-day camp, you will be able to understand the importance and role of workplace communication, and the process of planning an impactful professional presentation. You will also learn useful strategies to convince and persuade the audience, and develop good vocal and visual delivery skills to effectively support your content. Some of our esteemed guest speakers include Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Mr. Lawrence Chan, VP & Head, Regional Acquirer & Merchant Partnership, Asia Pacific, Visa International, and Mr. Rod Strother, VP of Digital Transformation, Starhub.

There are limited places available, so please register before places run out! To get more information about the event, please visit our page at http://www.nus.edu.sg/celc/programmes/oralcamp.php.

To register for the camp, please access the online registration form here: https://mysurvey.nus.edu.sg/EFM/se/543BE5C2367E5B0B and pay a $20 (non-refundable) fee at CELC.

Here is a link to a map showing where CELC is located: http://www.nus.edu.sg/celc/aboutus/contact_us.php.

 

Certificate of participation and achievement will be awarded to participants and winners! We hope to see you there!