The Southeast Asian Studies Department (SEAD) held its 20th anniversary celebration with a dinner held at the NUS Faculty Club on 7 May 2011. Southeast Asian food and entertainment were provided consisting of Thai and Indonesian dances. Short talks were delivered by FASS Dean Professor Brenda Yeoh, A/P Goh Beng Lan (Head), A/P John Miksic and A/P Teofilo Daquila (Assistant Heads and Graduate Coordinators). Their talks highlighted some of SEAD’s achievements since 1991 including the offering and recognition of four SEA languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay which are now housed in the Centre for Language Studies) and various programs of study such as graduate degrees by coursework and research, the joint MA degree in SEA Studies with the Australian National University, the FASS Summer School with Yale University titled “Southeast Asia in Context” and its expansion to include other universities, the Semester-in-Southeast Asia exchange program with the University of Gadjah Madah, Thammasat University, Vietnam National University, Khon Kaen University, and Ateneo de Manila University, and the minor and second major programs in SEA Studies. After two decades of existence, we have now become a Department. The anniversary celebration dinner was a success as the 120 alumni and their families, students, former heads, staff and friends enjoyed renewing their ties and forming new ones. It was indeed a night to remember!
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