NUS Holds Innovative Conference on Human Trafficking

On 10 January 2014, NUS held an innovative conference at University Town’s Ngee Ann Kongsi  Auditorium to raise public awareness and improve best practices in addressing human trafficking in Singapore and the region. The conference was made possible by financial support from the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons, which is co-chaired by the Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme and the Department of Political Science at NUS.

One of the key conference speakers was Dr Monti Datta, who is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Richmond with research experience in Southeast Asia.  Dr Datta, who along with Dr Kevin Bales at the University of Hull, developed a new and much-publicised quantitative measure of human trafficking around the world called the Global Slavery Index. The index aims to document various forms of human trafficking globally to help shape public policies in mitigating worker exploitation and abuse.

Other presenters at the conference included Mr John Gee, the former president of the Singapore-based Transient Workers Count Too, Mr Robert Larga, a director at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Manila, Ms Samanthé Eulette, a political officer at the US Embassy in Singapore.  Mr Kandhavel Periyasamy, who is the director of the Task Force at the Ministry of Manpower, also spoke and fielded questions from the audience.   Importantly, undergraduate students presented their own research projects on human trafficking at the conference as well.

Dr Kevin McGahan, who teaches in the Department of Political Science and the College of Alice & Peter Tan, convened the conference, commenting: “The event not only brought together a diverse array of students, academics, policymakers and activists, but it also facilitated an important dialogue in better addressing the controversial topic of human trafficking.”

“Hopefully, this conference is the start of an ongoing exchange among scholars and students at NUS who are focused on research and community engagement regarding human trafficking and other migration-related issues.”

(From left) Dr Kevin McGahan, Dr Monti Datta, Ms Samanthé Eulette, and Mr Robert Larga
(From left) Dr Kevin McGahan, Dr Monti Datta, Ms Samanthé Eulette, and Mr Robert Larga
Dr Monti Datta giving a presentation
Dr Monti Datta giving a presentation

Calling out to all Econs Majors – MPA Global Internship Award

Dear Students,

Looking for an internship opportunity this coming May to July 2014? Sign up for this exclusive internship brought to you by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore! Click on the poster below to apply now!

P.S You should be available between 12th May to 3rd August 2014 for the internship programme.

mpa internship award

For more information, please visit here.
Email your enquiries to:

MOE Teaching Internship Programme (TIP)

Keen to work with youths and thinking of teaching as a career? Why not give TIP a try?

The TIP was developed to provide a structured platform for undergraduates, interested in teaching, to be exposed to the full spectrum of the teaching profession. Besides classroom teaching, interns will also have the opportunity to undertake other non-teaching duties (such as CCAs, taking part in department meetings, organising of school activities) under the mentorship of experienced teachers. The programme comprises a 3-day training session from 23 – 25 June 2014, followed by a school attachment of 5 weeks (30 Jun – 1 Aug 2014) at selected recipient schools.

The online application form can be found at The registration for TIP 2014 will close on 2 March 2014.

moe teaching internship prog 2014

Internship Opportunity at Start-Up Good For Us

Internship at Good for Us

Good for Us compiles research and stories on the impact of Companies and their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, and make this information available to the public to inform their consumption. In short, we help see how the companies they buy from and work for can impact the world, giving people a voice to influence those companies to do good.

Hence, we resign ourselves to living a life of collateral damage. But we know that with the right information, and the right inspiration, we can work with you to create a world where a good life is possible for everyone.

•    We seek interns with an interest in CSR, research or how social media can influence virtuous cycles. (Assessment Researcher)
•    We seek interns with an interest in CSR, social media and consumer habits, with a compassionate heart. (Community Manager)
•    We seek interns with an interest in CSR, graphic and web design, with an intuitive understanding of people’s needs. (Graphic Designer)
•    We seek interns with an interest in CSR, IT and Software development, with a compassionate heart. (Developer)

Your role:

•    Research and find reliable sources for stories of corporate ethical practices and corporate social responsibility. (Assessment Researcher)
•    Learn to promote positive behaviour through social media. (Community Manager)
•    Develop an understanding of how users are responding to the website and how to improve user retention.(Graphic Designer)
•    Develop and implement backend architecture to support the stories and information. (Developer)
•    Get involved in other aspects of development.

We believe a world that is Good for Us is one where everyone can work together in harmony. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and walks of life, and seek candidates that are team players.

We seek team members willing to to step outside the scope of their own duties to help other team members, trusting in the knowledge that the same help will be given to them as need arises.

Good for Us is a start up and is not yet funded, as such we are not able to offer competitive internship remuneration, but are committed to providing a meaningful experience for interns that give their time helping others to live a good life. The period of internship is flexible. It can be done part-time, or during official vacation breaks when students usually undertake their internships.

For more information or inquiries, you can email to

U@live with Dr Ng Eng Hen!

Join us for an evening with Minister Ng Eng Hen! – 17 January 7.30pm

Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen opens U@live 2014, in a no-holds-barred, heart-to-heart sharing of his personal and professional perspectives on “Defending what we fought for” as individuals and as a people.

Details of the event are as follows:

A unique feature of U@live is that not only will it be viewed by a live audience, it will be streamed live through a dedicated website ( The event will also incorporate a new interactive application that allows users to post questions and vote for their favourite questions in real time. The event will consist of a 10-minute talk by the speaker followed by a 20-minute interview conducted by Mr Viswa Sadasivan and a 30-minute Q&A session open to the live and online audience.

Date: 17 January 2014 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
(Registration at 6:45pm, Seated at 7:15pm, Cocktail reception after event)
Location: Auditorium (2nd Storey), Shaw Foundation Alumni House, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us for this event. Go here to register!

ualive ng eng hen

FASS alumni make it to Sunday Times Power List 2013

We are proud to report that The Sunday Times has selected several prominent FASS alumni on its Power List of people who made an impact in the Singapore arts scene in 2013.

The FASS alumni are: Mr Paul Tan, Director of Singapore Writers Festival (English Honours); Ms Lee Chor Lin (History Masters), CEO of Arts Festival Ltd; and Ms Cynthia Chua, founder and managing director of Spa Esprit Group (Economics and Statistics).

Click here to read the full article.

Working Overseas Forum @ FASS

Jointly organised by FASS and NUS Career Centre (NCC), the FASS Working Overseas Forum is for FASS students who are considering a future career overseas, or keen on an overseas job posting.

Five invited speakers representing various organisations and sectors will share their experiences of working overseas, and let you know what it takes to secure an overseas job posting. The countries that these speakers have worked in are China, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan.

Please register by Thursday, 17 January 2014 if you are interested, just by clicking the poster below!

working overseas forum

SAS Analytics Competition

Are you:

  • Interested in the practical application of Business Analytics?
  • Looking for a chance to apply your BA skill on real financial data?
  • Eager to showcase your analytical skill?
  • Keen on learning about a really useful tool to “create highly accurate predictive and descriptive models based on large volumes of data”?

If your answer is “YES!” the SAS Analytics Competition is here for you! This January, SAS, the Business Analytics Consulting Team (BACT) and SMU’s Special Interest Group for BIA (SIG BIA) collaborate to bring you this precious opportunity!

All participants are invited to a FREE SAS Enterprise Miner workshop conducted by a professional trainer from SAS.

sas analytics competition poster

For more information, check out The competition is open to all undergraduates from NUS, SMU, NTU and UniSIM.

For any enquiries, feel free to drop an email at