CREATE Urban Mobility Symposium 2015 – 8 to 9 July 2015 at CREATE, NUS UTown Plaza Auditorium

The inaugural “CREATE Urban Mobility Symposium 2015” jointly organised by the three CREATE programmes: Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Future Urban Mobility (SMART FM), Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) and TUM CREATE will be held from 8 to 9 July 2015 at CREATE, NUS UTown Plaza Auditorium. The symposium will be organised along four tracks: Autonomous Vehicles, E-Mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Modelling and Simulation. Each day will feature plenary sessions where the distinguished speakers present highlights of their research and demo sessions where flagship projects of CREATE research entities will be exhibited. There will also be discussions on the current state-of-the-art, future research, and potential challenges for applications and market deployment. This inaugural CREATE Urban Mobility Symposium will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the exciting research and developments in Future Mobility at CREATE, and to meet other researchers working on future mobility within and beyond CREATE, in Singapore.

You can learn more about the Symposium here:

To register, please follow the instructions here:


Authored Books by FASS Faculty Members (Jan-June 2015)

Interested in the Cold War or where and when consciousness exists? Want to learn about resistance activists in colonial Malaya or the politics of infrastructure investment in Indonesia? FASS faculty write about these and many more fascinating topics in this collection of 13 authored books published during the first half of 2015:

When monetary rewards fail to motivate workers

The Straits Times

In an article contribution by Assistant Professor Slesh Anand Shrestha from the Department of Economics, he discussed about whether extrinsic rewards would enhance the productivity of intrinsically motivated workers.

He opined that employers should look beyond the conventional monetary performance bonuses to motivate intrinsically motivated workers. For these workers, non-monetary rewards such as social recognition or peer approval might be more effective.

The “Ask: NUS Economists” column is a monthly series by the NUS Economics Department. Each month, a panel will address a topical issue.

Click here to read the republished article on AsiaOne.

Portal to curb wasting of aid resources

The Sunday Times

Vexed by the duplication of resources during a youth volunteering trip to Laos in 2011, FASS Economic student, Ms Chua Pei Fen, had started a website that will prevent such instances in the future.

The portal, Care Positioning System, co-founded by graduate student, Mr Lim Yan Chun and full-time national serviceman, Mr Edric Lian, will explain efforts that has been carried out in a particular area and what is needed there.

Together, they hope that the portal will prevent charitable resources from being wasted.

Care Positioning System was registered in March last year and will be launched next month.

FASS Student Leadership Award

Applications for the FASS Student Leadership Award (FSLA) are now OPEN!

Student leadership award

The FSLA aims to reward students who demonstrate student leadership and enhance student life within FASS and the wider community.

If you, or someone you know has displayed exceptional leadership qualities through initiatives and projects between 1 June 2014 – 31 May 2015, do submit your application by 1 July 2015.

To find more about the FSLA, please click here.

For enquiries, please contact:

Ms Lynn Seah
DID: 6601 3496

Yusof Ishak Professor in Social Sciences – Invitation to Apply



We invite applications for a professorial position named in honour of one of Singapore’s pioneer leaders Encik Yusof bin Ishak, whose exemplary and eminent public career was marked by his appointment as Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Singapore (1959), Chancellor of the University of Singapore (a predecessor institution to NUS), and as the first President of the Republic of Singapore (1965-1970). His professional tenure as a distinguished journalist and editor, his identity as a prominent patron of the arts scene in Singapore, his membership of the ‘Films Appeal Committee’, the ‘Nature Reserves Committee’ and the ‘Malaynisation Commission’ all reflect the depth and breadth of his critical and impassioned engagement with key socio-cultural, economic and political issues in an emerging nation-state.

The Professorship honours his many contributions to Singapore, not least his deep interest in promoting harmonious race relations and sustaining a multiracial and multi-cultural nation. The endowed professorship, established in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore, will enable the university to attract and appoint leading social scientists who have demonstrated excellence and an established international recognition.

The appointed candidate will assume stewardship for enhancing cutting edge research in one (or more) of the following fields of study: race, ethnicity and community studies and multiculturalism; communication and civic engagement; and studies of religion and religious diversity. In educating the next generation of leaders, the candidate will play a role in generating knowledge that benefits an inclusive and progressive society.

The successful candidate should be a senior scholar with a strong international reputation in any aspect of the social sciences. The appointee should have a strong publication record (with evidence of a continuing trajectory), extensive experience of teaching and student supervision, an internationally recognized research profile and a track record in securing research funding. He/She will be expected to contribute to the teaching, research and leadership in the department in which he/she is appointed.

The successful candidate will have a primary appointment in one of the social sciences departments according to area of expertise. Appointment will be on a full-time tenured OR full-time contract OR full-time visiting position. The professorship title will be for a period of up to three years. A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the appointee.

The application dossier should include a letter of interest, full curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of six referees. There is no deadline for applications, which will be received until an appointment is made. Please send applications to:

Yusof Ishak Professor in Social Sciences Search Committee
c/o Ms Amy Tan
Research Division, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
Block AS7 #06-20
National University of Singapore
5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570

Email applications are encouraged, they should be sent to Ms Amy Tan at

For further enquiries, please contact:
Professor Vineeta Sinha, Chair of Search Committee, at