‘The Associate’ Internship Programe

Calling out all penultimate and final year students!

If you think you are creative, entrepreneurial, driven, sociable and daring, take part in ‘The Associate’ Internship Programme and stand a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000.

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The launch party will take place at W Hotel. Successful candidates will also receive $600 allowance during the competitive internship period.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • Born in year 1988-1994 (Age 21-27)
  • Not bonded to any companies
  • Not currently holding a Representative Notification Framework (RNF)

Interested? Please refer to the links below for more information on the programme:

Invitation to SG50 PAYM Loves Red Campaign

To celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday, the People’s Association Youth Division, together with all Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs), will be initiating the ‘SG50 People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM) Loves Red’ Campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage youths to come together to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday by organising activities that they feel passionate about in celebration of it.

Youths are encouraged to embrace and actualise values and visions from the Youth Aspirations for Singapore Campaign in their ‘SG50 PAYM Loves Red’ projects.

To commemorate the contributions of our founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the campaign should include a segment involving youths and participants to pay a tribute to Mr Lee. In addition, the projects should also involve youths and participants to reflect on our nation’s success and how the nation has arrived there.

Special grants and collaterals which includes ‘PAYM Loves Red” T-shirts and publicity cut-outs will be given to the projects.

Interested? Completed applications must reach the PA Youth Division by Sunday, 31st May 2015.

Please refer to the links below for more information:

For further clarifications, please contact:

Ms Jennifer Goh
Manager (Youth)
DID: 6340 5558
Email: Jennifer_Goh@pa.gov.sg

Ms Ong Shu Min
Manager (Youth)
DID: 6340 5372
Email: Ong_Shumin@pa.gov.sg

Research can help Singapore meet social challenges

The Straits Times

It was reported that Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong launched the Social Service Research Centre (SSR), which is under the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on 24 April 2015. ESM Goh, who is also the Advisor of SSR, identified three key drivers of social climate change – shifts in demography, technology and social expectations – and noted that research can help Singapore anticipate and meet these challenges. SSR will work with policymakers and social service agencies to pilot social programmes, which ESM Goh added, should produce more effective services and social innovations in the community.

NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye said that the centre was timely as it comes amid growing public scrutiny of social issues here. The new research centre will be led by Professor Paul Cheung and Associate Professor Irene Ng, who are both from the Department of Social Work at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It will focus for now on low-wage workers, children, youth and seniors from low-income families.

Internship at Abbott: Improving the Quality of Hires for Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 70,000 people.

The purpose of the internship is to provide meaningful professional hands-on experience to students with proven academic performance and leadership potential. Abbott hires students majoring in many areas based on business need. Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem solving abilities.

Project Title: Improving the Quality of Hires for Abbott

Project Overview: Abbott is reviewing the quality of new hires across all divisions in Singapore. We are embarking on an holistic project that comprises of 3 sub-projects and it includes Agency Management, Abbott Alumni Management and lastly the metrics that will measure the quality of new hires.

Core Job Responsibilities:
Agency Management
• Review current list of Agency performance
• Mapped out existing/new Agency capability
• Propose new list of Agency for 2015
Abbott Alumni
• Develop a data tool that comprises of ex-Abbott “A” Players
• Develop a communication toolkit to reach out/ keep in touch with ex-Abbott “A” Players
Quality of Hires
• Develop Hiring Manager Survey post 3, 6 and 12 months of new hire joining
• Develop New Hire Survey
• Consolidate data on new hires’ performance post a year of joining

Key Deliverables:
• New list of Agency for 2015
• A list of ex-Abbott “A” Players
• A communication toolkit for ex-Abbott “A” Players
• Hiring Manager Survey
• New Hire Survey
• New hires’ performance

Skills and competencies required
• Proactive
• Strong project management skills
• Strong communication skills

Internship start date: 11 May

Please apply via NUS TalentConnect here.

Challenging the boundaries

Friday, 24 April 2015

Yahoo! News

This was an interview with Professor Lily Kong, Vice Provost (Academic Personnel) at NUS and faculty member at the Department of Geography, who discussed about geography, as well as her work and research.

Prof Kong has made it her mission to bring our shared past alive for those living in the present. She said that as we painstakingly uncover the past, there is a need to share that knowledge to help people get a better sense of who they are and what they are about. She has authored or co-authored four books: Conserving the Past, Creating the Future: Urban Heritage in Singapore; The Politics of Landscape in Singapore: Constructions of “Nation”; Singapore Hawker Centres; and Joo Chiat: A Living Legacy.

Read the full article here.

Internships with RSVP managing senior volunteers


RSVP Singapore The Organisation of Senior Volunteers  is a non-profit organisation launched by the then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in October 1998 and approved as an Institution of Public Character in 1999.  Its mission is  to provide opportunities for seniors to serve the community with their talent and experience through purpose-driven volunteerism. Its major programmes are  Cyberguide, Mentally Disadvantaged Outreach, Changi Service Ambassadors, Active Ageing Seniors, Ageing-in-Place, Learning Journey and Senior Guiding.

RSVP has places for 4 / 5 NUS interns.


Any discipline in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Preferably 2nd or 3rd year students
Conversant in Microsoft office
Ability to converse in Mandarin will be advantageous
Some experience in voluntary work will be helpful, though not necessary
Preferably can commence internship by mid-May 2015

Job Description

Collect & analyse data in community service sector and volunteerism
Write reports
Organize events
Market & promote volunteer activities
Administer Training Workshops
Manage relationship with sponsors, donors & partners

Interested students should email their resume to Ms Tarin Ong (email: tarinong@rsvp.org.sg ), Training Manager, RSVP Singapore.

Congratulations to Professor Ten Chin Liew!

Prof Ten Chin Liew was conferred the title Emeritus Professor on 17 April 2015 in recognition of his sterling contributions and distinguished service to scholarship and the University.

Prof Ten has accumulated over 25 years of service to the University, including 7½ years as Head of the Department of Philosophy and countless hours as a dedicated and inspiring teacher and supervisor. He is also a Fellow at both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Services.

Prof Ten is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities, if not the leading authority on the political philosophy of John Stuart Mill. His ideas have influenced the likes of other notable philosophers such as H.L.A. Hart, Joseph Raz, Nigel Walker and Wayne Summer, just to name a few. Prof Ten had also contributed nationally in the areas of bioethics and laboratory animal research.

On receiving the Emeritus Professorship, Prof Ten says: “I am delighted and honoured to be given this Award. My association with NUS and its predecessors goes back a very long way. I was a freshman at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in 1957. I graduated with B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1961. My first full-time academic appointment was to the Philosophy Department, University of Singapore, in 1964.”

“Since then I have taught at Monash University in Australia and at the National University of Singapore. In Singapore, I have greatly enjoyed teaching a wide range of courses, both undergraduate and graduate, in the Philosophy Department and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. I look forward to my continued association with NUS.”

On behalf of the University, NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye presented a goldfish plaque as a token of appreciation for Prof Ten. The poem at the lower left of the plaque reads:

Nine goldfish swimming happily all day long
Up to the fragrant lotus in the pond
When the time is right and the wind
Begins to blow, their dreams will come true
Lo and Behold.”

Auspiciously significant to the Chinese, the goldfish signifies wealth and abundance while the lotus is a symbol of purity and fruitfulness due to its ability to flourish even in muddy water.

Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Ten once again!

prof ten and provost

NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye, presenting the goldfish plaque to Prof Ten
(Photo credit: Nicholas Cai)


Prof Ten (4th from right), NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye (right), FASS Dean Prof Brenda Yeoh (2nd from right), FASS Director of Administration Mr Mark Teng (left, first row), Prof Chong Chi Tat, Head of the Department of Philosophy A/P Michael Pelczar and the faculty from the Department of Philosophy at the award ceremony.