Bugis Dagger Treasure on NUS Exhibition

Berita Harian

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences had organised an exhibition titled ‘Spirits of Metal: An Exhibition of Bugis Makassar Weaponry’ in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, the Bugis Makassar Polo Bessi Club, Rumah Budaya Indonesia in Singapore, and the Yayasan Keris Singapura.

The exhibition was the first-ever special Bugis-Makassar keris and weaponry exhibition held outside of Indonesia, where over 150 Bugis-Makassar keris and weaponry of various kinds were on display. It was held at the NUS Central Library from 27 August to 4 September 2015.

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Will Emerging Markets Fall Seriously Ill?

The Korea Times

In an article contribution, Associate Professor Shin Jang-Sup, Department of Economics, highlighted the current state of the global financial markets; as it gets increasingly apparent that the US economy is recovering from the Global Financial Crisis, the emerging markets become heavily destabilised.

This resulted in a seemingly abnormal tendency in which money flows from emerging markets towards advanced countries. Global financiers have been utilising the knowledge and volatilities behind this phenomenon as an important source of profiteering.

In the article, he also urged policy-makers to act on this common wisdom in the global financial market and come up with international and domestic policy measures to direct financial flows to be aligned to the needs of the real economy.

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Make a difference, impact lives: Meet Social Service Professionals

The Centre for Future-ready Graduates and National Council of Social Service (NCSS) is proud to bring to you the opportunity to meet with 3 Social Service Professionals, who will also be our panelists, to discuss about pertinent topics with regards to your questions about the Social Service Sector.

“What opportunities are available to me in this sector if I’m not a Social Work graduate?”

“Is a job in the Social Service Sector emotionally draining? How do you cope with the demands of the job?”

Join us as we debunk the myths of the Social Service Sector, and share about opportunities for both Social Work and non-Social Work majors!

Come and find out more about this rewarding and fulfilling career path and what role you can play in the sector!

<Click here> to sign up for the event, registration deadline: 14 Sep, Mon

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CFG 09-09-2015

FASS Career Advisory sessions are open for registration now -email early to secure your preferred slot

CFG 10-09-2015

Email Careers@nus.edu.sg with your preferred date/time for appointment. Include your major, year of studies and full name. The Career Advisors may be away from office for recruitment events during term time. To secure your preferred career advisory slot, please notify us 1 week before your preferred appointment day. Please state “FASS Career Advisory Session” in your email subject.


FASS Commencement Class Giving 2015

A. FASS Class Champions ready to take on the challenge to fund-raise for their juniors
FASS Class Champions ready to take on the challenge to raise fund to support their juniors.

The Commencement Class Giving campaign at FASS took off to a heartening start with the recruitment of 34 class champions across the departments at the beginning of this year. The annual giving campaign is an initiative by NUS Development Office (DVO) that runs across the campus in a spirit of friendly competition to inspire commencing students to support bursaries or student programmes for their juniors. It is a collaborative effort with the External Relations and Student Life Division (ERSL) at the faculty.

B. Class champions soliciting gifts from fellow graduating classmates
Soliciting gifts from fellow students.


C. Our Class Champions, Asst Dean AProf Loy and Vice Dean AProf Chang of External Relations and Student Life in high spirit at the collection booth
Class Champions in high spirit with Asst Dean A/Prof Loy Hui Chieh and Vice Dean A/Prof TC Chang of FASS’ External Relations and Student Life Division at the Class Giving Collection Booth.

Despite the busy schedule of their final semester at NUS, the class champions went all out to encourage their graduating classmates to make their gifts in support of the FASS Student Advancement Bursary Fund. In addition to setting up booths at the AS1 walkway and gown collection to solicit gifts, the class champions also reached out to their friends through various social media platforms and their departments’ social gatherings to raise funds.  Though some of them found it challenging to fund-raise initially, many of the class champions felt the experience was meaningful and enjoyed the friendship they forged through the process. According to David Hoe, Economics Class champion 2015, “Though it was a short few months of fundraising, I feel I have grown and have been inspired through serving alongside my fellow passionate comrades. More than that, those who gave also encouraged me to go the extra mile”.

D. Appreciation Dinner for FASS Class Champions for their hard work in the semester-long campaign
Appreciation Dinner to thank the class champions for their hard work in the semester-long campaign.


E. Commencement Class Giving Ceremony
Class Champions receiving Certificate of Appreciation from Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye at the Annual Giving Appreciation Night (FASS Class Champions Varun and Darryl standing third and fourth from the right).

The hard work of our class champions paid off handsomely when the competition results were announced at the end of August. A total of 25.8% of the commencing undergraduate cohort made gifts of at least $10 each, totaling S$ 8,617 for the bursary fund. Their achievement led to FASS being awarded second place for the Best Participation Award (among large faculties with over 1,000 graduating students). Their enthusiasm and committed effort also won FASS the inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award as the faculty with the most number of active student champions.

F. FASS awarded the Inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award for the most number of active student champions
FASS awarded the Inaugural Volunteer Excellence Award for the faculty with the most number of active champions.

We would like to thank the following class champions for their commendable efforts:

  • Kok Wang Lin (Chinese Studies)
  • Tong Wenxu (Chinese Studies)
  • Loh Sze Ming (Communications and New Media)
  • Louis Puah (Communications and New Media)
  • Grace Leong (Communications and New Media)
  • Lee Kai Shun (Communications and New Media)
  • David Hoe (Economics)
  • Roshan Kumar Belani (Economics)
  • Zachary Low (English Literature)
  • Timothy Joshua Ong (English Language)
  • Gladys Sim (English Language)
  • Wendy Ang (Environmental Studies)
  • Loo Wen Bin (Geography)
  • Kayley Ng (Geography)
  • Reuben Lim (European Studies)
  • Nathalie Ng (History)
  • Li Ling (History)
  • Philine Yong (Japanese Studies)
  • Nur’izzah Mohamad Afandi (Malay Studies)
  • Siti Nursamihah Jeffrey (Philosophy)
  • Daryl Ooi (Philosophy)
  • Darryl Lee (Political Science)
  • Varun Khemaney (Political Science)
  • Boris Wong (Global Studies)
  • Ace Ong (Psychology)
  • Ho Si Min (Psychology)
  • Elizabeth Chew (Psychology)
  • Ng Yi Ying (Social Work)
  • Muhammad Ilham Firdaus Omar Ali (Social Work)
  • Faris B. Ridzuan (Sociology)
  • Michelle Teo (Sociology)
  • Jayasutha Samuthiran (Political Science and South Asian Studies)
  • Diviyapriya Naidu d/o Vijayan (South Asian Studies)
  • Cindy Lin (Southeast Asian Studies)

Upon their commencement, the class champions now assume the role of class ambassadors. We take delight in knowing that FASS will remain connected to this wonderful group of selfless students, and we hope to be able to work with them on meaningful causes in the future.

Class Champions appointed as Class Ambassadors at the Investitute organized by OAR
Class Champions appointed as Class Ambassadors at the Investitute organized by OAR

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Learning the Communicative Art of Teaching


Shobha Vadrevu, from the Department of Communications and New Media, was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Honour Roll at the FASS Awards Ceremony 2015.

For the former secondary school educator, the receipt of the award is a testament of the hard work and dedication of all teachers as well as the guidance that she has received from her module coordinators.

She shares with us her reasons for pursuing a graduate education with the Department of Communications and New Media, her experience as a teaching assistant and the biggest takeaway from her teaching experience.

Why did you choose Communications and New Media?

I started out as a secondary school teacher intensely interested in how new media technologies and platforms seemed to be shifting the nature of the relationship between teachers and students. This led me to write my masters dissertation on how teachers manage their interactions with students on Facebook, navigating multiple issues such as blurred public/private boundaries, and professional/personal identities. While this was in the field of educational research, my search for relevant literature for this dissertation led me to the work of Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun, to whom I wrote an email out of the blue, including my CV, a writing sample and my research interests, just so she knew I was serious about exploring the possibility of working with her. With what I have come to realise is her characteristic and unique mix of curiosity and generosity, she wrote back and agreed to meet me. With her input, as well as further input by other faculty members at the department, my desire to get a handle on the politics of new media (insofar as I understood it from what I observed about its impact on hierarchies in school as well as in wider society) led to a thesis that explored the scope for agency in the technological society based on an empirical investigation of the configuration of the media literacy curriculum in Singapore’s educational and technological policy. Communications and New Media turned out to be exactly the right place for me to explore ways in which I could contribute to growing understandings of the complex role of digital technologies in shaping citizenship.

How did FASS and NUS contribute to your journey thus far?

The research scholarship that NUS awarded me was the key factor enabling my development as a scholar. Applying for a PhD at the age of 40, I worried about whether any institution would support my dreams of an academic career, given the focus often placed on investing in youth rather than life experience. The research scholarship gave me – a mother of two who had stayed at home for ten years to raise her children – the opportunity to break free of the constraints of culturally imposed gender norms and move towards a goal of financial independence and intellectual growth. The award of the President’s Graduate Fellowship one year into my candidature provided significant affirmation for my academic trajectory. Through the facilitation of these developments, the provision of opportunities to engage with students and teachers across the faculty, the nurturing of a vibrant research environment, and the avenues for contribution to the community at every level, FASS has provided a very supportive context for the realisation of my goals. Significantly for me, stepping into FASS meant access to experienced scholars and an abundantly stocked library.

How do you feel about the award that you have achieved?

The award is yet another form of affirmation, this time of skills and experience that I brought to NUS with me. As a trained teacher with experience in the secondary school classroom, I had a chance to develop my philosophy and style as a teacher before I began teaching at NUS, and have always been reflexively engaged with the project of my own development in this regard. While the higher education classroom is of course a very different space, the pedagogical relationship is one that is fundamentally contiguous across contexts. In the four years that I served as a graduate student teaching assistant, I never thought of myself as “just” a teaching assistant. Rather, I viewed the position as a way of informing my perspective about teaching at the university level, and as a bridge to eventually designing and implementing my own undergraduate and graduate modules. The award, based as it is on a combination of student feedback and administrative oversight, represents for me a very democratic and credible way of affirming teachers for the work that they do. It also encodes the support and validation of module coordinators who guided me, engaged with my feedback, and wrote in to nominate me for the award.

What are some of the observations you have made while teaching?

The undergraduates I have had the pleasure of teaching have been eager to learn and engage, and very responsive when they perceive that they are in a safe learning space. The fact that I was also grappling with the vulnerability of being a learner in my doctoral studies enabled me to empathise and led me to attempt to co-construct such a safe space with the students. I’ve also learned that students appreciate having access to their tutors for individual consultations should the need arise.

Describe a memorable moment in your teaching experience.

One particularly memorable moment was when I was faced with a mountain of lengthy individual project reports to grade. At that moment my decision to leave secondary school partly  because of the heavy grading load, only to be once again plunged into a similar situation, seemed a little like leaping straight out of the frying pan into the fire, and I admit to having indulged in a few tears of despair. However, reading the reports actually had a calming effect on me once I’d gathered the courage to get started, because of how interesting they were. It also helped that the module coordinator had worked out with the tutors ahead of time a systematic rubric for grading that made the process much less painful. That initial reaction, however, is one I will never forget. One major lesson I learned from it was to be more proactive in discussing my targets with module coordinators.

What is the biggest takeaway out of these teaching experiences?

My biggest takeaway out of these experiences is that teaching well is a communicative art – one that depends on a delicate balance of knowledge, institutional power, interpersonal relations, and emotional investment. Being a graduate tutor puts you in the unique position of being both “inside” as well as “outside”. You are both student as well as teacher. This seems to me a much more complex situation than it is often made out to be, and I believe that it is potentially a very productive one for exploring the scope for agency within an institution of higher education. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this dynamic, which I think has been a central part of my postgraduate journey.

What are your future plans with regards to your academic development?

Having just submitted my doctoral dissertation for examination I am now awaiting the examiners’ feedback. I see the PhD as the beginning of my intellectual journey, rather than the closing of a chapter. My future plans involve seeking a position with an academic institution that supports my goals for further research. I am fortunate that my years as a graduate student at FASS have allowed me to develop relationships with mentors who continue to provide guidance as I plan the next stage of my academic career.

FASS Forward: Reading Articles & Writing Essays [Registration OPEN!]


Specially designed for students in their first year, FASS Forward: Reading Articles & Writing Essays is a two-hour session where your lecturers and seniors will share some insight on how to deal with being a student at FASS.

If you would like to learn how you can dissect academic readings or pick up tips on crafting your essay assignments, this session is for you! Together with 4 top-performing senior students, our very own FASS lecturers from Geography, Psychology, Philosophy and Economics will be there to share their personal experiences!

Registration period open from 7 – 13 September 2014. Limited places available!

Register NOW at www.tinyurl.com/fassfwd15

FASS Forward - Reading Articles and Writing Essays Sept 2015

Making Greater Contributions with Knowledge Gained


“The Masters in Applied Economics programme has enabled me to acquire deep expertise in various economic disciplines such as Industrial Organisation and International Trade. While the depth of the economic curriculum is challenging, the kind guidance of my professors allowed me to pick up new skills and knowledge.

The knowledge that I have gained would help me in my job in the Economist Service at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Through this programme, I am confident that I will be able to make a greater contribution to advance the economic analysis of policies in Singapore.”

Eileen Lee Jia Zhen
Graduate Student, Department of Economics
Recipient of the Lim Chong Yah Medal