New centre to help tackle population woes

The Straits Times

This was a report on the launch of the Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR), a new research centre under the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ms Grace Fu, launched the new research centre at its inaugural conference titled “Singapore Families and Population Dynamics”. In her speech, Ms Fu said the issues that CFPR will study include healthcare needs in an ageing Asia and shifting social needs. Speaking at the event, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan noted that the new centre is well positioned to contribute to the understanding of the population challenges facing Singapore.

CFPR is helmed by Professor Jean Yeung from the Department of Sociology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The new centre will focus on research in areas such as managing family stress, fertility, ageing and health. Yesterday’s opening was held in conjunction with the centre’s inaugural conference, which discussed issues such as the impact of mobile technology on communication between parents and their children, and how government policy shapes the circumstances and choices of single parent and low-income families.

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