U@live Talks in Janaury and February

Come on  18th January 2012 and listen to how Mr. Philip Yeo, the current Chairperson of SPRING Singapore, played a pioneering role in the transformation of Singapore from a third world country to a first world one.

On 8th February 2012, SR Nathan comes back to NUS to chat about his experiences in office and life after his presidency. Join us and get to know a more personal side of Singapore’s longest serving president!

To attend these talks, log on to www.nus.edu.sg/ualive.

Discussion Forum:The Relevance of Philosophy in the Corporate World

The Philosophy Interest Group and the Philosophy Department will be organizing a discussion forum on the Relevance of Philosophy in the Corporate World.

Date: Friday, 13 Jan 2012 (Week 1)

Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Venue: AS7 Seminar Room ABC.

We have invited two philosophy alumni, Ms. Kris Teo and Mr. Shaun Oon, to share their experiences in the corporate world.

Kris Teo first joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs China Desk. Deciding that politicking was not her cup of tea, she went on to SATS (then under the Singapore Airlines Group) to HR Learning and Development. She then made a move again in early 2010 to A*STAR, first handling scholars and scientific leadership development, then to HR Policy and Planning. Having trodden the corporate path earlier than the audience, Kris would be sharing candid experiences of making the transition from studies to work, expectations of “what is” versus “what ought to be”; from a philosophy graduate point of view. She would also be glad to offer career advice from a HR perspective.

Shaun Oon is currently working as a Policy Officer in the Arts and Heritage Division of the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA), under the Management Associate Programme. He is assigned to oversee policies involving our libraries, language campaigns, arts education pathways (including SOTA, NAFA and LASALLE), and arts infrastructure (including the Esplanade). He is also involved in the formulation of the new arts and culture Masterplan, the Arts and Cultural Strategic Review, which aims to lay the foundations for our arts and culture development until 2025. Between the time of his graduation and when he first started work in the civil service, he spent months unemployed. Shaun hopes to share with you how you might avoid that experience.

Dinner will be provided for attendees. To register, please mark your attendance on the Facebook event (please visit: http://goo.gl/SVawA) or by contacting Jonathan (e-mail: jsim@nus.edu.sg / hand phone: 81571575).

There will also be a question and answer session. We will be compiling questions in advance so that our invited speakers can prepare the necessary information for you. To submit your question, you can either post them on the Facebook event wall, or send them to Jonathan (in the contact details above).

This event is open to everyone – even non-philosophy majors/minors who are interested to know how relevant philosophy can be in the corporate world.

So mark your calendars’ and see you guys there! Come and discover the various career possibilities that philosophy can provide.

For more information, you may contact Jonathan at jsim@nus.edu.sg or at 81571575.

Apply Now! Singapore – India Young Business Ambassadors 2012

SIF Young Business Ambassadors Programme

The Young Business Ambassadors (YBA) is a flagship SIF programme which allows outstanding young professionals to spend up to 12 weeks working and living in partner countries, such as in China and India.

This overseas exposure offers a valuable opportunity for participants to develop a global perspective, share work experiences, build international business links, and gain an understanding of foreign business environments. The YBAs will not only be posted to an industry related to their work but will also be able to meet relevant non-government and government linked agencies. They will get to network with business and community leaders as well as with government officials.

Singapore – India YBA 2012

YBA Mumbai will run from 26 Jan – 9 Apr 2011. A total of four outstanding young professionals will be chosen for the Singapore-India YBA programme and attached to relevant companies in Mumbai, India. Participants can look forward to participating in a comprehensive programme to build a well-rounded social and  professional network. 

Past organisations which have taken part in the YBA programme include The Esplanade Co, CapitaLand, DBS Bank, OCBC, Shook Lin & Bok, SIM University, Singapore Airlines, UOB, Starhub and Surbana Corporation, among others.

Our foreign host companies include the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai China Telecom, Shanghai Electric Group Finance Company, National Australia Bank and the Australia Stock Exchange.

Be a Young Business Ambassador!

YBAs will be provided with the following during their participation in the programme:

  • 10-week work placement in the host country
  • Comprehensive orientation programme
  • Networking opportunities with counterparts from the private and public sector
  • Return economy class air passage
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Accommodation for the duration of the programme
  • Allowance

Please visit http://www.sif.org.sg/programmes/7/young-business-ambassadors.html for more information and to download the application form. You can also contact us at mabel.wong@sif.org.sg or 6837 8731 if you require more details.

Partner us for a better world at

The Singapore International Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 1991. We aim to build a better world through shared ideas, skills and experiences, so as to uplift lives and create greater understanding between Singaporeans and world communities. For its work, SIF was presented the Excellence for Singapore Award.

AIESEC Invites New Members

AIESEC was founded in 1948 by 7 people who wanted to promote peace and develop “friendly relations” between all the countries, after World War II.

They started everything by sending letters to each other and making school exchanges.

Thanks to their initiative, AIESEC became the biggest students’ organization in the world with over 50,000 members in over 1,600 Universities from 107 countries.

AIESEC is the international platform that enables young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC offers unparalleled leadership development experiences to its members and creates a network of global change agents that have a positive impact on society.

We are proud to announce our open recruitment for new members.

For more information, please visit: www.nus.aiesec.sg or http://www.facebook.com/AIESECinNUS

Queries may be directed to: shikun.nie@aiesec.net or owyang.zhijun@aiesec.net.