FASS alumnus finds inspiration in climbing

FASS alumnus Mr Damon Wong Tai Hang finds inspiration in difficult situations. This adventurous spirit has led him to conquer one of Asia’s prominent mountains, Mount Kinabula, situated in the East Malaysia state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.

Interestingly, he found meditation and yoga exercises useful as they prevented him from crumbling to the adverse conditions on his way to the summit.

Mr Damon Wong also works at NUS and is a regular participant at the meditation sessions facilitated by Communications and New Media Head, Dr Millie Rivera.

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Mr Damon Wong on the summit of Mount Kinabalu
Mr Damon Wong on the summit of Mount Kinabalu
The sky "touching" the ground
The sky "touching" the ground
The shadow of Mount Kinabalu
The shadow of Mount Kinabalu
Witnessing dawn over a low peak
Witnessing dawn
The south peak of Mount Kinabalu
The south peak of Mount Kinabalu

YOUTH SPEAK Health Symposium

Youth SpeakUpcoming, on 27 Mar 2010 (Sat), there will be a youth health symposium titled YOUTH SPEAK, organised by youth for youth to learn more about pertinent youth health issues (e.g. dangers of casual sex & alcohol use, eating disorders etc.) that are relevant to them. In its 3rd year running, it has been very well-received each year.

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CapitaLand-USP Prize goes to FASS student

The CapitaLand-USP Prize for AY2009/10 Semester 1 has been awarded to Ms Goh Huishan.
The Prize is awarded to a USP student who has excelled both in his/her academic and extra-curricular pursuits. It recognises achievements in multi-disciplinary inquiry and beyond-the-classroom activities. The Prize, valued at S$2, 500, is sponsored by CapitaLand Ltd per semester for three years.  Below is a short write up on Huishan, focusing on her extra-curricular activities, her beliefs and her interests.


Huishan is a fourth year Honors student majoring in English language in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is also an active member of the USP student body. Her passion for academic inquiry inspired her to take on editorial roles in several USP publications. Over the years, she had served as Chief Editor of PRISM, the USP Undergraduate Journal, after joining as one of the founding editors of the journal since 2007. In 2008, she was also co-editor of Conexus, an annual publication of the most outstanding essays from USP first- tier modules.


Beyond her academic pursuits, Huishan has in her a sense of social and environmental responsibility. As a strong advocate for Environmentalism, she has embarked on the Save that Pen@ NUS initiative as Project Co-director, working in collaboration with corporate sponsors and NGO, Global Village Foundation. Save that Pen@NUS strives to cross cultural and national boundaries by collecting used  pens from the NUS campus community, and refill them for donation to educational facilities in rural Vietnam.


This initiative stems from Huishan’s firmly held belief in out-of-classroom learning. Her global mindedness was moulded by her experiences of Global Programmes, having undertaken USP initiatives such as “Harvard in Asia Programme (HCAP)”; “USP (NUS)-Stanford Summer Programme on Multiculturalism”; and “Global Study Programme on Contemporary Muslim Societies—a Tri-city case study: Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore”. Huishan was inspired by the level of community involvement in the Bay Area in the USA during her semester long exchange stint to the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. There, she volunteered as a writing coach at Berkeley High School. This global learning is brought back to Singapore, where she served as Vice Director of HCAP 2009, helping to organize a weeklong conference on Global Education.


Huishan enjoys travelling through the Southeast Asian region, and tries to fuse academic as well as personal interests through programmes such as the International Alliance of Research Universities’ (IARU) summer school, Southeast Asia in Context, as well as USP first tier module, The Politics of Heritage. Her second Independent Study report, Social Contexts of Foreigner Talk: a study of foreigner-local interactions in the tourist marketplaces of Bangkok, was borne from the IARU summer school.

NIS Partial Scholarship Sharing Session

Dear 3rd-year EC students

You may be interested to attend a sharing session conducted by the IDA for its partial scholarship.  It aims to finance students who will be starting their final year of study in the academic year 2010-11.  At the end of the scholarship, the recipients are required to serve a 1-year bond with IDA.  Hence, you are eligible for this partial IDA scholarship only if you are not already a scholarship recipient with another organisation.   Further details of the sharing session are attached below for your reference.  

NIS partial scholarship sharing session