Song, dance and magic performances at Chinese New Year concert organised by NUS Chinese Studies Students’ Society (zbNOW, Page 4) 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Lianhe Zaobao

It was reported that the NUS Chinese Studies Students’ Society staged a concert featuring modern hip-hop dance, as well as music and magic performances on 15 February 2015 to celebrate Chinese New Year. The show titled “Remembrance of Spring” was held at the NUS University Culture Centre.

Assessing the value of mangrove swamps (Opinion, Page A29)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

 The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Daniel Friess from the Department of Geography in the NUS Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences in which he discussed Singapore’s declining coastal ecosystem as a result of urbanisation. Asst Prof Friess also examined the paradigm of “ecosystem services” as a way of increasing awareness of the importance of ecosystems, and potentially as a way of quantifying their value – economic or otherwise. He opined that exploring the potential of ecosystem services such as climate regulation, coastal protection and carbon sequestration may provide decision-makers with the evidence to make informed management decisions that incorporate and utilise the varied benefits of the country’s hidden coastline to ensure a sustainable Singapore in the future.

Click here to read full article.

Peeling away S’pore’s class layers (Saturday, Pages D1–D3)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Straits Times

This was a report on a study titled “Class and Social Orientations” conducted by Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser, who is from the Department of Sociology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as the Social Lab at the Institute of Policy Studies. The study had found that class is a defining division in society in Singapore, and that the class a person falls into shapes his attitudes and choices. Assoc Prof Tan based his findings on a 2011 survey on 2,700 Singaporeans, who were asked their views on a range of issues such as factors for success and politics.

Click here to read full article.


New research institute to tackle ageing issues (Home, Page B4)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Straits Times

This was a report on the launch of the Next Age Institute (NAI), an academic partnership between the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), which was graced by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower. It will tackle social issues arising from an ageing population, such as intergenerational relationships and financial adequacy. Its research includes disciplines like social work, economics, law, medicine, engineering and architecture.

Helmed by Associate Professor Chia Ngee Choon and Associate Professor Corinne Ghoh from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Professor Michael Sherraden from WUSTL, who is also the S R Nathan Professor at the NUS Department of Social Work, the NAI will begin a pilot study on care services for elderly patients who have been hospitalised for serious conditions, such as stroke and hip fractures, and the care they receive after discharge. The research, involving 30 families, will look into the possibility of conducting a one-year longitudinal study to track the caregiving support for seniors and their family members. The institute will also embark on other research projects, including studying options for financing retirement needs.

Join us: U@live featuring the “Toilet Man” Mr Jack Sim l 25 Feb7.30pm

Today, about a billion people worldwide face the indignity of defecating in the open. The lack of clean and safe school toilets leads to higher dropout among girls once they reach puberty. Diarrhoeal diseases – a direct result of poor sanitation – claim more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

A taboo topic often shrouded in ignorance and silence, toilet sanitation begs for open discourse and social awareness in its global implications on health, education and safety.

Jack Sim asks the provocative question: what would it take to mobilise our society and see social change in this sorely neglected issue, and what can we do about it?

We welcome you to join the founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO) as he shares the reason for his abiding passion about the need for toilet sanitation, turning it into a global movement in the process.

Details of the event are as follow:
Date               : 25 February 2015 (Wednesday)
Time               : 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Registration at 6:45pm, Seated at 7:15pm, Cocktail reception after the event)
Location        : Shaw Foundation Alumni House – Auditorium, National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.

Register HERE.  As this is a complimentary event, your early registration is appreciated.

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 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.

Part-Time to Full Time Internship and Intern to Perm Conversion Opportunities Available


Accenture’s Human Resource team is looking for an intern to join our Talent Acquisition team for a period of 6 months or more!

The intern will have the following scope of responsibilities:
1. Design, develop and implement campus recruitment initiatives, including but not         limited to career fairs, networking and industry talks.
2. Design, develop and manage inventories of campus collaterals and logistics.
3. Liaising with various campus student groups and their student leadership.
4. Conduct phone and digital interviews and perform CV screening, make offers to              successful candidates.
5. Administer and manage the hiring requisitions in Jobsbank.

Job Requirements:
1. Commit for a minimum of 6 months (full time is preferred, but part-time                         arrangements can be discussed)
2. Passionate about talent management and human resources
3. Creative and innovative, having active links with existing student leadership groups      are preferred.
4. Be in their second, third or penultimate year in NUS, NTU, SMU or SUTD. Recent         graduates are also welcomed to apply
5. Singaporean or Singapore PRs – due to Jobsbank requirements (Singpass required)

This contract position may lead up to a permanent position upon graduation, depending on performance, the year of study of the candidate and hiring demand in the months that lead up to the end of the contract.

If you have friends who are keen and available to take up this opportunity, do get them to send their resumes to my email address at Thanks!

Warm Regards,

Daryl Boey

Human Resources – Campus Recruiter
Accenture Pte Ltd
#33-00 Raffles City Tower, Singapore 179101
DD: (+65) 6410-8396

Taman Bacaan Essay Writing Competition 2015


The Essay Writing Competition is based on the topic – Social Unity Against Extremist Ideology.  The competition is open to Higher Learners from Tertiary Institutions in Singapore.

The purpose of this educational initiative is to capture the perspective of youths from all backgrounds on the issue of Extremist Ideology. This will indeed be a useful resource that can be shared with the public that will heighten awareness and understanding of the issue.   It will further contribute in clearing up sentiments, skepticism and most importantly, to educate the community on the threat of radicalization.

It is hoped that with this competition, the written works gathered will emphasize the fundamental of preserving the harmony in our country and how to educate the public on the importance of social unity in combating extremist ideology where everyone regardless of race and religion must be proactive in facing this real threat from entering our shores.

TAMAN  BACAAN  will  produce  a  Journal  Publication  in  collaboration  with  SIM, Student Life Division where the essays submitted for the competition will be compiled based on merit and published.

The proposed essay length for the competition should be of 1,500 to 2,000 words.

Closing  date  for  submission  of  essay  is  28  February  2015.  The  results  of  the competition will be announced on 9 March 2015.

A panel of judges will be selected from various Tertiary Institutions to assist us in evaluating the essays submitted.

There will be four top prizes of $500, $300, $200 and four (4) $100 vouchers to be won for the best essay submitted.

TAMAN BACAAN will also arrange and select thirty (30) participants who participate in the Essay Writing Competition to visit the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Police Heritage Centre and also the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) Resource Centre at Khadijah Mosque as part of our continued effort to get the Higher Learners and future graduates to have a comprehensive knowledge on countering radicalization.

During this visit to the RRG Resource Centre, the participants will be able to have a dialogue with RRG and the Aftercare Group (ACG) leaders and who will share their experiences in playing the important role in combating extremist ideology in Singapore and also the rehabilitation and social re-integration of ex-detainees and their families.

Both hardcopy and softcopy of essays are to be submitted.

Softcopy of essay to be emailed plus hardcopy to be mailed to the following :

Mr Anselm Chu  (Chairman, Essay Writing Competition 2015) Senior Manager, Internship & Career Service, Student Life Division Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

SIM Headquarters

461 Clementi Road

Singapore: 599491

Email :

Mobile :  9329-1181


Mr Ramzy Sulaiman  (Secretary, Essay Writing Competition 2015)


Blk 672 Jalan Damai #01-25

Singapore: 410672

Email : Mobile :  8697-3100

Click here for the rules and regulations.

Opportunity for Executive/Assistant Manager, Corporate Planning in SDC


Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) is a statutory board formed in 1972 under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. SDC is tasked with the responsibility to plan, develop and manage Sentosa Island.

The Corporate Planning Division in SDC develops and drives the implementation of the organisational strategic business framework and various other corporate-level initiatives.

We currently have a vacancy for a Corporate Planning Executive/Assistant Manager position. The job is multi-faceted and challenging, offering the incumbent a deep understanding of the leisure business and the opportunity to develop a long-term, corporate-wide perspective in making business and organisational decisions. The job includes the following responsibilities:

  • Facilitate strategy formulation and planning initiatives
  • Manage the Corporate Dashboard and monitor overall corporate performance
  • Conduct industry research and analyse the implications for Sentosa
  • Undertake cross-functional projects with internal and external partners
  • Develop and leverage relations with stakeholders, including other government agencies, business associates and international associations

Requirements for the job:

  • University degree
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience is preferred, although fresh graduates are welcome to apply
  • Comfortable with numerical and data analysis
  • Strong writing, presentation and persuasion skills
  • Can do attitude
  • Good with people and have the knack to create win-win solutions
  • Attuned to the latest news, trends and thoughts, as well as able to think out of the box
  • Sense of realism and able to see through good ideas from conceptualisation to implementation
  • Interest in public service and the leisure sector

Interested candidates may apply through our corporate website at:

The application deadline is 28 February 2015.

Volunteer Opportunities in South Africa & Jamaica

Attention Students of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences!

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Volunteer Programs. This year, we are offering a variety of 2, 4, and 8-week programs in South Africa and Jamaica!

Apply here for our Volunteer Programs: 2015 Application

Next Application Deadline: February 2oth

As an OHS Volunteer, you will:

* Teach primary school students through a mentorship program focused on building         strong Math and English foundations, while empowering students
* Lead after-school programs in non-traditional subjects like dance, debate, art, and         sports
* Integrate yourself into and work closely with members of the local community to             create positive social uplift
* Exchange ideas and culture with people from around the world
* Work with a small, dynamic team of international university and graduate students
* Develop empathy, confidence, and leadership skills while pursuing social justice

We at One Heart Source believe in creating lasting social change through education and human connection. We encourage you to take a step towards providing a more socially just future for some of the most marginalized communities in the world.

We will be hosting live online information sessions on February 8, 10, 11, and 16!
Join us by
Registering Here!

For more information visit:

Please contact with any questions!


One Heart Source is a non-profit organization designed to empower young people through education and to provide high quality education and care for vulnerable children in Tanzania, South Africa, and Jamaica.