The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) was formally established on 19 July 1968, with 22 member companies involved in the publishing, importation and distribution of textbooks. Over the years, the SBPA has grown from strength to strength, expanding its membership to 65 companies that publish on a wide range of topics in the four official languages of Singapore.


 The SBPA is looking for undergraduate interns to participate in its inaugural book publishing internship programme, which will now run from 25 May to 31 July 2015. Selected students can look forward to interning at one of SBPA’s participating member companies during this period (at Appendix A). Interns will also attend training seminars conducted by experienced SBPA staff on relevant skills in book publishing, such as copyediting, proofreading, book marketing and book designing. Interns will also get to tour printing and distribution companies to better understand the final stages of book production.

A supervisor/mentor will be assigned to guide the intern throughout the programme. The remuneration for this programme will be $600.00 per month.


  1.  Students must be majoring in arts, business, design, marketing, social sciences-related subjects
  2. Excellent written and spoken English. Proficiency in either Mandarin, Malay or Tamil will be an added advantage
  3. Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and in groups when required
  4. Meticulous and resourceful, with the ability to multitask
  5. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  6. Positive attitude and a willingness to learn

Other qualities

Proficiency in PhotoShop, InDesign and Illustrator is welcomed but candidates must be familiar with Microsoft Office applications

How to apply

Please complete the Internship Application Form and send the form, along with your CV to The closing date for applications is 1800hrs, on Friday 17 April 2015.


For more information and application form, CLICK HERE.


Internship in Marketing, Communications and Events (6 months) at Maybank Kim Eng Securities

Maybank Kim Eng Securities is looking for two FASS students to intern in Marketing Department for 6 months

 Internship scope:

  •  Work cross-functionally with other departments/business units to develop and implement marketing campaigns.
  • Build interest and awareness in our services through effective internal and external communication.
  • Manage seminars and events to improve client engagement.
  • Liaise with other departments/business units to craft internal e-mail communications, newsletters and the like.
  • Assist in the product-launch process by writing copy for the company website and other marketing collateral.


  •  Deadline driven with effective time management and ability to work under pressure.
  • Energetic team player and able to be learn quickly.
  • Meticulous, analytical, detail-oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter with initiative, creativity and a passion for the written word.
  • Candidates with interest and knowledge of the financial markets are preferred.
  • Start date: 11 May 2015

How to Apply:

If you are keen to take up this internship, please send your resume to Ms Sophrine Lee at Please indicate “6-month Internship in Marketing, Communications and Events” on the email subject.

Deadline: 9 April 2015



NUS Psychology wins Regional 2015 SPS–ARUPS Student Research Award

NUS Psychology wins Regional 2015 SPS–ARUPS Student Research Award

The 5th ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies Congress, organized jointly by the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) and the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS), took place in Singapore from 25 to 27 March 2015. Among 227 research entries that were submitted by psychologists and academicians in the region, and the 147 that were finally accepted for presentation, Mr. Yong Zhihao Paul, a recent NUS Psychology graduand and winner of the 2014 Singapore Prison Psychology Prize, has won the SPS-ARUPS Student Research Award this year for his submission titled Enhancing Online Learning Using Retrieval-based Practice: Implications for Singapore’s Educational System. This research was first pursued as Mr. Yong’s Honours Thesis at the NUS under the mentorship of Dr. Lim Wee Hun Stephen, one of NUS’s recent named Rising Stars and enlistees to her Honour Roll for Teaching Excellence.

The researchers commented: “A goal that modern Singapore pursues relates to meaningful advancements in our educational system, which would in turn determine the continued progress of our society, in terms of our workforce quality, national economy, and so forth. We constantly seek productive methodologies of education – instruction and learning – with the aim to discover optimal educational approaches. Educators typically rely heavily on learning activities that encourage elaborative studying, whereas activities that require students to retrieve and reconstruct knowledge are used less frequently and often for nothing more than testing purposes. Here we show that practising to retrieve information gained from online Coursera lectures actually, albeit counterintuitively, produced better long-term knowledge retention than did studying that information repeatedly. Based on the findings, there is a need to carefully (re)consider the notion and role of ‘testing’ in schools and contemporary – online – learning platforms, because testing potentially promotes learning. Our longer-term goal is to contribute meaningfully to shaping the educational landscape in Singapore through our research programme.”

Currently a psychologist at the Singapore Prison Service, Mr. Yong expresses his appreciation to his research supervisor. In his words to Dr. Lim: “You have this unique ability to connect with, and influence students to excel beyond the classroom. This has spurred me to do the same with my peers and juniors. Your traits of a distinguished educator are more than just life-changing. Your inspiration for excellence and your friendship transcend beyond the people you meet – it is ‘lives-changing’. I have not met any other educator who makes me feel truly confident in my work and in myself. You have instilled a burning passion in me to be a lifelong learner. I would not be half the psychology graduate I am today, without your inspiration and supervision.”

Dr. Lim, who also sits on the Executive Council of the NUS Teaching Academy, shares his personal thoughts: “The theme of the ARUPS Congress is Professionalising Psychology: Raising the Standards of Psychology for Nation Building. We are glad that our educational psychology research won an award. As we mourn the passing on of our nation’s first Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, we fondly remember Mr. Lee as someone who made every effort to strengthen, among the many other things, education in Singapore. In his speech to principals of schools at the Victoria Theatre on 29 August 1966, he shared about the kind of education he would like to have, if he were given superhuman powers:

The ideal product is the student, the university graduate, who is strong, robust, rugged, with tremendous qualities of stamina, endurance and at the same time, with great intellectual discipline and, most important of all, humility and love for his community; a readiness to serve whether God or king or country or, if you like, just his community.

As an academic and educator, I continue to do my part for the nation by nurturing students holistically, and preparing them for life after university. I believe all of us have a very specific role to play in nation building. Together, let us bring the legacy into the future, and keep on loving and building Singapore our home.”



Mr. Paul Yong (left); Ms. Clare Yeo (middle; President, Singapore Psychological Society); Dr. Stephen Lim (right)

FASS Talk: “An Internship For Me?”

What are you doing this Vacation?

  • Travel
  • Summer Programme
  • Community Project
  • Volunteer
  • Part-time Work
  • What about Internship?

Are you planning to intern during the coming vacation or in the new academic year? Are you aware that you can receive modular credits for doing an internship? Do you have other questions relating to internships?

FASS Dean’s Office invites you to

FASS Talk: “An Internship for Me?”


Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 6:15 to 8:00 pm, AS7-01-17 Seminar Room B

 Sign up here


Karen Wong, Manager for Career Preparation, FASS Dean’s Office, will outline what you should know about Internship for FASS Students. You will learn about the internship programmes in NUS, sources of internships, and who you can turn to for preparation help. Our friendly Career Advisors will be here to help answer questions as well.

For more information about Internship for FASS Students, please visit >





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It’s Called ‘Price Coherence,’ And It’s Surprisingly Bad For Consumers

Monday, 23 March 2015


This was a report on a study on price coherence, where consumers pay the same price for a given product or service, whether buying it directly from its source or through an intermediary, by Professor Julian Wright from the Department of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Associate Professor Benjamin G. Edelman from Harvard Business School. The study found that price coherence actually leads to inflated retail prices, unnecessary usage of the intermediaries’ services and an overall reduction in consumer welfare.

Tisch to offer film courses through NUS tie-­up

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was a report on the new partnership between the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts. From January next year, NUS students will be able to spend a semester at Tisch to take up film courses. In the coming years, the Faculty hopes to deepen its collaboration with Tisch and look into offering film studies as a major.

When in pain, say ‘ow’ to bear it

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Straits Times

This was a report on a study led by Associate Professor Annett Schirmer of the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which found that saying the word “ow” actually helps people to tolerate pain longer. The research was conducted by Ms Genevieve Swee as part of her honours thesis at the Department. The results suggested that making any other sound could also help people cope with pain. The researchers added that more research is needed to find out whether the benefit of saying “ow” extends to people who suffer chronic pain. The findings were published recently in the American Pain Society’s Journal Of Pain.

Labor Migration and Global Labor History: The Case of the Javanese

FASS and ARI Migration Clusters are holding a seminar on 25 March titled “Labor Migration and Global Labor History: The Case of the Javanese”
Time: 11am-12:30pm
RSVP by 25 March to:
More details below and on the Migration Cluster website at…/migrati…/newsevents/e_labor.html

Labor Migration and Global Labor History: The Case of the Javanese

Date: 25 March 2015 (Wednesday)
Location: Executive Seminar Room, AS7/01-07, The Shaw Foundation Building, 5 Arts Link, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS Kent Ridge Campus

Jointly organized by the Migration Clusters of Asia Research Institute, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore


In the wake of  increasing interest in contemporary human mobilities, including in migration, a resurgence of global labor history is underway. The basis for labor mobilization and non-free labor regimes under conditions of globalization was laid during colonialism. In this talk, I review the migration history of Javanese indentured labor beyond the borders of current Indonesia into Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Scrutinizing archival data on the Javanese allows for the drafting of a transnational history of connective labor mobility that highlights entanglements and comparabilities.

About the speaker:

Vincent J.H. Houben has been professor of Southeast Asian History and Society at Humboldt University Berlin since 2001. He was trained in history and Southeast Asian languages at Leiden University. There he obtained his Ph.D. in 1987 on the basis of a study of indirect rule in Central Java in the nineteenth century. After ten years of lecturing in Indonesian history at the same university, he moved to Germany to become a professor of Southeast Asian studies in Passau (1997-2001). Vincent Houben was  director of the Institute of Asian and African studies at Humboldt University from 2004 until 2011 and has written extensively on different themes in Southeast Asian history, society, economy and culture.