MOE Teaching Internship Programme 2016 – Application is now open!

The MOE Teaching Internship Programme is now open for application. If you have always wanted to experience the life of a teacher, here is your chance to do so! Teaching interns will have the rare opportunity to experience what it takes to be a teacher – from drafting lesson plans, classroom teaching, attending meetings, organising school functions to being in charge of CCA.

For more information and to apply, please visit Application closes on 28 Feb (Sunday), 11.55pm. If shortlisted, you will be invited for a group selection interview in mid-March.

Thank you!


Places in Singapore with a dark past

10 January 2016

The Straits Times

In light of the overwhelming subscriptions that the HDB’s launch of flats located at Bidadari Estate, a former cemetery, had received, the Straits Times uncovered several other places in Singapore that comes with a dark past as well.

Some of these places are now home to prominent landmarks such as Sentosa, the ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City, Fort Canning Green as well as the Basic Military Training Centre located at Pulau Tekong.

Others, despite its history, are currently a bustling area for business, institutions, and leisure and recreation activities such as Bedok Reservoir, Bishan area, Punggol Beach as well as Changi Beach Park just to name a few.

Professor Brian Farrell, Head of the Department of History, opined that places with a dark past will undoubtedly have a lingering effect on the present. However, they are viewed differently by each individual.

He says, “In the case of Changi, a historian can see it as an important site where sad events once took place. But to a young person, it could just mean a nice beach and a ferry ride to Pulau Ubin.”

To read the full article, click here.

Mangroves play key carbon storage role in Singapore

8 January 2016

The Straits Times

A study done by Assistant Professor Daniel Friess who co-led a team of researchers from the Department of Geography, revealed that Singapore’s mangroves play a key carbon storage role in Singapore.

Despite only occupying less than 1% of land or 960 ha, the mangroves are able to store 450,571.7 tonnes of carbon. This amount is equivalent to 1,652,096 tonnes of stored carbon dioxide (CO2) or 3.7 percent of Singapore’s national CO2 emissions in 2010.

This shows that mangroves are important on a national scale as well as in protecting Earth from the upheavals of climate change, despite its size.

The study, done in 2014, is the first of such study that calculates the total amount of carbon stored in mangroves across the island. It has also been published in international journal Urban Ecosystems last November.

To read the full article, click here.

Internship at NOL — from Jan 2016 (4 to 6 months)


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Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) is a world leader in global transportation services. It is the largest shipping and logistics company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Each year, it transports a volume of over 3 million forty-foot equivalent (FEU) worldwide. Its services span over 50 countries and are delivered by over 7,000 employees.

Its key operating brand, APL, provides customers around the world with ocean shipping and container transportation services through a network combining high-quality intermodal operations with the latest information technology.

Learning and Organisation Development Intern (Full / Part Time)

We are seeking an intern to be attached to our Global Learning and Organisation Development team. This role will be involved in the rollout and execution of Global programmes in the L&D department and handling of data that is confidential and critical to the company.


The Learning and Organisation Development (L&OD) Intern will be exposed to various L&OD projects

  • Plan and support marketing initiatives, perform data housekeeping and analysis of utilization statistics for NOL e-learning platforms, i.e. NOLGC and the LMD Portal
  • Manage internship operations, through working with various stakeholders from the business and schools
  • Prepare management reports for succession planning, including succession planning charts and talent development plans
  • Maintain/ improve the L&OD intranet sites
  • Administration of other L&OD projects as required


  • Competent with Microsoft excel including knowledge of pivot tables and various excel functions
  • Attentive to details
  • Inquisitive and fast learner
  • Able to multi-task
  • Pro-active, able to work independently Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Team player
  • An internship starting January 2016 (4 -6 Months)
  • Please state your availability in your cover letter


Send your application to:

Ms Ng Xiao Jia

Specialist, Learning & Organisation Development

Neptune Orient Lines Ltd




Information session by the London School of Economics & Political Science

Are you planning to further your studies ?  Here is an information session by the London School of Economics & Political Science…

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world’s leading dedicated social science institution. Founded in 1895, LSE enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence.

LSE offers 38 undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees and over 140 taught postgraduate (Master) programmes across over 30 departments or institutes. As a ‘laboratory of the social sciences’, the School’s academic profile spans a wide range of disciplines, from accounting, economics, law and management to anthropology, development, gender studies and urbanisation.

Each year LSE welcomes approximately 300 Singaporean students and has £14 million (approximately $29million SGD) of financial and merit based financial aid available to its students each year.

Details of Information Session:

Date: 12th Jan 2016

Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Venue: Master’s Common, Cinnamon College, Level 3


Registration for Information Session:

Please register at this link:

(Please RSVP as seating capacity is limited)

Symposium on Social Security with Nobel Laureate, Peter Diamond


Peter Diamond, the 2010 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, will be speaking at the upcoming Symposium on Social Security – jointly organised by Singapore Centre for Applied and Policy Economics (SCAPE), Department of Economics and the Next Age Institute, on 12 January 2016.

Diamond will be sharing his research on public pension systems in several countries, which has generally been viewed as having done well in this area. He will also be discussing the complications that arise during pension designs and the various factors that may contribute to it.

Peter Diamond is an Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT and author of several books such as Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach and Reforming Pensions: Principles and Policy Choices just to name a few. His recent paper includes The case for a progressive tax: from basic research to policy recommendations.

Associate Professor Chia Ngee Choon (Department of Economics), Co-Director of Next Age Institute, Professor Joseph Cherian, Director of the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments as well as Marcus Kok, Principal Pension Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will also be speaking at the Symposium.

About the Symposium on Social Security

Date: 12 January 2016, Tuesday
Time: 8.45 AM – 12.35 PM
Venue: Kent Ridge Guild House, NUS

Admission to the Symposium is free. To register, please email Ms Zhang Shen (

For full programme details, click here.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) marketing internship (Feb’16 – Apr’16)

Interested in a marketing internship with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)?

Take a look at the Job description of these 2 positions. The internship will be from Feb’16 to Apr’16.

GSK Intern business case_OH Nutrition Skin

GSK Intern business case_Wellness

 Interested applicant please send your updated resume (pdf format) to Ms. Jenny Tan at by 15 January 2016.

Kindly indicate in your email subject the position which you are applying for: GSK Internship_Wellness/Nutrition and Skin

Successful applicants will be notified by GSK.



Rice and palm oil risk to mangroves

4 January 2016 

BBC News

A study conducted by Assistant Professor Daniel Friess, Department of Geography, and Dr Daniel Richards who was formerly with the Department, examined the drivers of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2012.

The study showed that while aquaculture was still responsible for mangrove deforestation in the region, the threat posed by the development of rice and palm oil plantations, which accounted for 38 per cent of the mangrove loss during the duration of study, has been underestimated.

These findings were also published in the journal entitled Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in December 2015.

To read the full article, click here.