The Kent Ridge Common – CALL FOR WRITERS!

The Kent Ridge Common (KRC) is an independent online newspaper staffed by NUS undergraduates and alumni. Over the three years since it was established, undergraduates have written on a plethora of topics ranging from arts & culture, literary/drama reviews, political, social and economic issues in Singapore today through over 800 news articles, commentaries and analysis.

KRC articles have been cited by The New York Times and Lianhe Zaobao. During the General Elections in 2011, monthly readership closed at a high of approximately half a million readers. This August, KRC has been mentioned in a The Straits Times report as preferring “views backed by strong evidence”. In its UpFront section, KRC has interviewed the likes of local novelist Catherine Lim, movie director Glen Goei, and MP Sylvia Lim.

The Kent Ridge Common is and will always be established upon the vibrancy, thoughts and viewpoints of NUS students. This is thus a call for interested writers who are looking to add some adventure to their time in NUS to join the publication as a writer.

For more information, please drop Tan Xiang Yeow an email at

Commencement 2013 Celebrations

This year, a good number of the departments in FASS, together with some of their alumni associations, organised events to celebrate their graduates’ commencement. Lunches, dinners, and even themed parties were held. Some of the highlights include: personalised congratulatory letters with calligraphy (Department of Chinese Studies), performances put up by the NUS Rondalla and the Chorda Trio (Department of Economics), instant photo booth with fanciful props (Department of Political Science), and students and staff coming with ‘mad hats’ of their own (Department of History). 

Click on the following links to read more about the individual events that were held, as shared by the respective departments!

   Chinese Studies      Communications & New Media      Economics       Geography

History      Japanese Studies      Philosophy     Political Science     Psychology

   Social Work       Sociology      South Asian Studies Programme    


We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all graduates the best in their future endeavours!


Disclaimer: Links are correct and available at the time of posting.


Call for Abstracts: 14th Malaysia-Singapore Forum, 9-10 Dec 2013

Call for Abstracts (DEADLINE:  07 October 2013)


Jointly organized by the University of Malaya and National University of Singapore

Date    : 9-10 Dec 2013
Venue : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Theme : Globalization and its Effects on Society

The organizing committee is pleased to invite abstract submissions for presentations at the 14th Malaysia-Singapore Forum. Topics of interest related to the theme include but are not limited to:

  • Globalization and Migration – examining ways of integration and adjustment vis-à-vis increased human mobility as people seek employment, education, family formation outside their home country.
  • Globalization and Lifestyle – (new) consumption possibilities; hybridity; youth culture and aspirations. 
  • Globalization and Participation – environment/health crises, governance and international policies.
  • Globalization and Economic Resilience – protection of economy against unemployment, hazards etc.

Abstracts must be written in English in no more than 300 words. If abstract is accepted, full paper of about 3,000–3,500 words (no more than 12 pages excluding references, tables and appendices) will be needed for inclusion in the Forum Proceedings. Full paper must follow APA style. Kindly submit your abstract with title and your brief profile all in word document file to Ms Amy Tan Xiang Ru at                                                                                                                   

The organizers are pleased to cover the airfare and accommodation expenses for presenters at this forum. Priority will be given to FASS faculty and graduate students.

Important Dates:

  • Abstracts Deadline: 07 October 2013
  • Notification to Authors: 10 October 2013
  • Final paper due: 10 November 2013

On behalf of Forum Conveners:

Prof Dr. Md Sidin Ahmad Ishak, Deputy Dean (Postgraduate), FASS, UM

A/P Ho Kong Chong, Vice-Dean (Research), FASS, NUS

Most Accessible and Captivating Accolade in the Humanities

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Barker, our recent PhD graduate, whose thesis won the ‘IBP Reading Committee Most Accessible and Captivating Accolade in the Humanities’ at the recent ICAS Conference in Macau.

Dr Thomas Barker is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Modern Languages and Culture, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus.

FASS Mentorship & “My FASS Family” Host Programmes Dinner 2013

FASS Alumni, students and friends at MEDZ@Millenia Walk, 21 August 2013

FASS Alumni got together with their mentees, guest students and Faculty members for a great get-together event at MEDZS@Millenia Walk on Wednesday, 21 August 2013.

Featuring a Mediterranean buffet, the spacious restaurant brought together about 200 participants from both the FASS Mentorship and the “My FASS Family” Host Programmes for a combined dinner event.

Connecting senior FASS undergraduates to FASS alumni who provide insights on specific career sectors, the FASS Mentorship Programme has 86 mentees and 55 mentors this year. Alumnus Cheong Kok Hwee (National Parks Board), who has been an FASS mentor since 2007, said that the event ‘provided a casual platform’ for him to meet his past and present mentees. In turn, his current mentee Joel Koh said that it was great for him to be able to meet his mentor at an informal setting over dinner and that it was good to learn from past mentees – “hearing their stories and where they are now”.   

The “My FASS Family” Host Programme is a non-homestay programme that invites FASS Alumni to befriend international students who are in Singapore for the first time. This year, the programme has 21 local hosts and 40 international students from 18 countries.  Peter James Cole, an exchange student from Sheffield University, says that the hosts were ‘very friendly and welcoming’ at the dinner and the programme allows him to develop better cross-cultural understanding.






Dean Brenda Yeoh addressing participants at the combined FASS Mentorship Programme and “My FASS Family” Host Programme Dinner event







Alumnus Cheong Kok Hwee (centre) with Vice-Dean TC Chang and mentees







Alumni Kwan Fook Seng and Sandra Buenaventura (front row) interacting with students
and guests