Apathetic? Not Singaporean youth

In Friday’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Mr Tan Tarn How, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, a think-tank within the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Dr Chung Siyoung, Visiting Fellow at the NUS Department of Communications and New Media; and Assistant Professor Zhang Weiyu from the NUS Department of Communications and New Media. The researchers shared the findings of a survey on the political traits of citizens and their uses and attitudes towards the media. The survey, which was conducted from August to October last year, found that Singaporean youth are less authoritarian than older people, participate more in politics than older people and consume more political content than older people.

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Flirtatious Geographies: Clubs as Spaces for the Performance of Affective Heterosexualities

Tan Qianhui


Ms Tan Qianhui, currently completing the first year of her Master’s degree in the Department of Geography, won the second prize in an international Student Paper Competition for her paper entitled “Flirtatious Geographies” at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference that took place in Seattle in April 2011.  The judges noted that “the paper is a well-written and empirically based extension of non-representational geographical research to include more overtly political concerns and a re-engagement with representational aspects of social phenomena”.

Painting with old cloth


This was an article from the Life section of The Straits Times that appeared on 19th May. The article featured Dr Ho Chee Lick, Senior Lecturer at the NUS Department of Chinese Studies. His 26 large, abstract ink works are on display at Art Retreat Museum till 13 Aug in an exhibition titled Sequenza, named after an Italian musical term for a collection of virtuoso pieces. Admission to the museum is free  and it is open daily except Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. For exhibition inquiries, call 6749-0880 or e-mail info@artretreatmuseum.com. To buy, call 6837-2777 or e-mail soobinart@pacific.net.sg.


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New Publications of the Month from FASS


A/P Ho Kong Chong, Vice-Dean of Research, has announced a new initiative designed to showcase our faculty’s top research publications. 

Publications of the Month, on the FASS website, will highlight two or three recent publications from Tier 1 journals or books published by faculty. The first three submissions for April 2011 (from CNM, Economics and Sociology) already begin to show the quality and breadth of research undertaken by FASS colleagues. The new pages can be viewed here : http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/research/pubsofthemonth.html

22nd International Youth Leadership Conference











The International Youth Leadership Conference (IYLC) is a week-long youth forum on world politics, international relations and justice. This conference has been ranked as one of the top ten youth conferences globally. Hosted biannually in Prague, Czech Republic, the IYLC brings together prominent university students from 35 countries across the globe. This year, the summer conference will be held from 24 to 29 July 2011. Its main objective is to facilitate an exchange of ideas across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders. Students will be able to take part in simulation activities such as:

  • A United Nations Security Council emergency meeting simulation
  • A mock International Criminal Court pre-trial
  • A model European Parliament proceeding

IYLC Alumni agree that it is an excellent forum for young leaders to benefit from, contributing to their academic and professional growth, as well as raising their inter-cultural, gender and environmental awareness.

NUS has recently been set up as a Special Affiliate School, hence NUS students who attend the conference will be entitled to a 20% discount of the conference fee.  Students who wish to participate may feel free to find means of sponsorship for the conference cost. The IYLC website contains important information on how to obtain funding.

Professor Wang Gungwu conferred the title of Darjah Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS, would like to congratulate Professor Wang Gungwu on receiving the title of Darjah Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (D.P.M.P). This honorary state title was awarded by the Sultan of Perak on his 83rd birthday and Professor Wang will be formally conferred the title at the investiture ceremony on 28 May 2011.
Conferment is made in recognition and appreciation of :

  1. Invaluable and outstanding service, rendered either by Government servants or members of the public.
  2. In appreciation of chivalrous acts by members of the Armed Forces, the Police Force or the public.
  3. In appreciation of meritorious and gallant services by members of the Armed Forces, Police and Voluntary Organisations.

The D.P.M.P is a Second Grade Order and is limited to 100 living recipients who have excellent standing rendering services to the State of Perak in all fields. The holders carry the title of “Dato”.  

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University Awards 2011

Among the receipients for this year’s University Awards, 2011, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciencs, NUS, is proud to announce that Associate Professor Bruce Lockhart from the Department of History has been awarded the Outstanding Educator Award in recognition of his performance and contribution in NUS. The official webpage can be found at:


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Invitation to World Leadership Conference Competition 2011

Dear Students  (ARS1, ARS2, ARS3)
On behalf of ECO Singapore and the Singapore Delegates for the World Leadership Conference 2011, I would like to invite you to participate in the World Leadership Conference Competition 2011.



What is WLC?
The World Leadership Conference 2011 is a unique 5-day conference which aims to equip youths with relevant skills and knowledge on the issues of sustainable development and climate change. Youths from the Asia-Pacific are encouraged to engage in lively debate and think critically about the issues that are facing the region today. It is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded peers from around Asia-Pacific and to establish lasting friendships and partnerships with students and volunteers from environmental organizations in the region. It is set to be held in Singapore from the 11th to the 15th of July 2011.
Overview of Competition
Building towards WLC 2011 in July 2011, we would like to invite students from all tertiary institutions in Singapore to submit a paper on their views on any of the three proposed themes under the WLC 2011. Each group can be comprised of 1 to 3 students (maximum 3). The paper should be based on the context of Singapore, with reference to external case studies to substantiate your views.

The three proposed themes are:
1.       Energy for a Low Carbon Future
2.      Environmental Law and Governance
3.      Green Economy to Eradicate Poverty

For more information on WLC 2011 and WLC Competition, please visit http://worldleadershipconference.org/wlc-competition/
All proposal submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The best 5 papers of each theme will be showcased during WLC 2011, and the winning groups will be invited to the conference to learn and discuss pertinent issues surrounding climate change with individuals from Asia-Pacific. The winning group of each theme will also get an opportunity to present their paper during WLC 2011, as well as an exclusive chance to network with the top industry leaders of the environmental sector.
Relevant and creative ideas from the proposals submitted will also be included in the combined position paper of the Asia Pacific region, which will be showcased at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012 as well as at the immediate 17th Session on the Conference of Parties.
Deadline for Submission of Papers:         31 May 2011 (2359hrs)
Results:                                                                11 June 2011
Format of paper
The paper should include at least 500 words (excluding supporting documents and appendix) and it should be in MS Word format.  
If you are interested to participate in the WLC Competition, please register here.
Please submit your papers to wlcsingapore@gmail.com by 31 May 2011, 2359 hours.
Yours Sincerely,
Singapore Delegates of the WLC 2011
About ECO
ECO, or Environment Challenge Organization, is a non-profit social enterprise which aims to establish a voluntary environmental movement, thereby creating opportunities for active involvement by Singaporean youths to instil in them a sense of commitment and awareness of environmental issues. ECO Singapore will be organizing the World Leadership Conference (WLC) in July 2011 to gather the voices of youths in the Asia Pacific region with regards to sustainable development, and this will be presented during the Rio +20 Earth Summit in 2012. 
(For more information on ECO, please visit www.eco-singapore.org; on WLC 2011, please visit http://worldleadershipconference.org/).