US Congress Delegation

Group 2









NUS welcomed a visiting Staff Delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives on the afternoon of February 25. The delegation included Paul Anstine, Chief of Staff to Representative Candice Miller (R-MI); Damon Nelson, Legislative Director to Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA); Zach Pfister, Legislative Director to Representative Larry Kissell (D-NC); Joe Sheehy, Legislative Director to Representative Grace F. Neapolitano (D-CA); and, Aaron Schmidt, Director of Legislative Outreach to House Minority Leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).[1]














The visitors were in Singapore for a week-long working visit hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their trip included meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, and the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Bilahari Kausikan. During their week in Singapore, the delegation also held discussions with representatives from other government ministries, Housing Development Board, Singapore Press Holdings, and other amongst other institutions. The event with NUS students was their last stop.










Held in the FASS Faculty Lounge, the meeting with Staff Delegation centred on a lively discussion with students from different faculties and department across the university. The conversation covered a broad range of topics. These ranged from differences in the American and Singapore political and social systems to approaches toward public housing and business regulation. Students also shared with visitors their perspectives on issues relating to social stability and economic development in Singapore.











Students who attended the event enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the Staff Delegation. Students were able to learn more about the workings of the U.S. government, especially the relationships between the legislative and executive branches as well as the ties between U.S. states and the Federal Government. A number also liked the frank exchange on U.S. policy across a broad spectrum of issues and how these compared to Singapore’s experience on related matters.










[1] D – Democrat; R – Republican; CA – California; MI – Michigan; MD – Maryland; NC – North Carolina.

The Inaugural Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Prize 2011 – Short Stories

Mr Goh Sin Tub and Dr Sylvia Goh
Mr Goh Sin Tub and Dr Sylvia Goh

The biennial Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Prize was established by Dr Sylvia Goh with an endowed gift to the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore in memory and recognition of her late husband, Goh Sin Tub, who was one of Singapore’s best-known local writers.

Goh Sin Tub and Dr Sylvia Goh are both alumni of the University of Malaya (UM), one of NUS’ predecessor institutions. The Prize commemorates Goh Sin Tub’s life, achievements and support for education.

The genre for the Inaugural Competition is short stories. Subsequent competitions will feature other literary genres.

The deadline for submission of entries is 31 August 2011.

The results will be announced in November 2011 on and


The following prizes will be awarded:

First Prize:       $10,000

Second Prize: $6,000

Third Prize:      $4,000

Only one prize per recipient will be awarded.

In the event that there is no deserving prize winner, the Department of English Language and Literature has the discretion not to award any prizes for any given competition.

Rules of the Competition

  1. The competition is open to all members of the NUS community at the time of submission of entry.
  2. Entries must be original and must not have been published either online or in print (on the internet , broadcast on radio or television, in online or print newspapers or journals), or accepted for publication in any of these mediums.
  3. Entries which have won prizes in any other competitions will not be eligible for the competition.
  4. The same entry must not be submitted for other competitions until after the results of the Goh Sin Tub Competition have been announced.
  5. Entries must be submitted in the English Language.
  6. Multiple entries are allowed as long as the rules of the competition are met. However, a participant can only be awarded one prize in the Competition.
  7. Translated works are not allowed.
  8. Co-authored works are allowed.
  9. All prize winners will be notified and will be required to attend the Award presentation in November.  Details of the event will be provided closer to the date of the Award Ceremony.
  10. The competition will be judged in a two-stage adjudication process: (a) shortlisting of 20 entries (b) selection of winners. At each stage, there will be a panel of at least three judges comprising faculty members, student representatives and alumni of the Department of English Language and Literature.
  11. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entertained.

Guidelines for Participants:

A. Manuscript Format:

  1. The manuscript for the Short Stories competition cannot exceed 20,000 words (no minimum word limit).
  2. The manuscript must be in arial font size 11 and double-spaced with one inch margins on all sides.
  3. The manuscript must be printed on single-sided A4-sized paper. An electronic copy on a CD will have to be submitted as well.
  4. The title of the manuscript and participant’s I/C or FIN number must be specified on the top right hand corner of each page.
  5. The page number must be specified at the bottom right hand corner of each page in the following format: “pg x out of xx” (eg pg 1 out of 20).
  6. The word count must be included at the end of the manuscript.
  7. Apart from the IC or FIN number, no other information (eg name, address or any identifying mark) that may lead to the identity of the participant is to be evident in the manuscript.

B. Submission Process:

  1. All entries must include the following:
    Official Registration Form
    – Four printed copies of the manuscript
    – A copy of the manuscript on a CD
    – A copy of staff card or matriculation card
  2. Entries must reach the Department of English Language and Literature by registered mail by Wednesday, 31 August 2011 at 5pm
  3. All entries are to be addressed to:
    Ms Angeline Ang
    Goh Sin Tub Competition 2011
    Department of English Language and Literature
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    National University of Singapore
    Blk AS5, 7 Arts Link
    Singapore 117570
  4. Manuscripts received will not be returned to participants.
  5. Late entries will not be accepted and appeals will not be entertained.