A pet at home

13 March 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

In an article contribution by Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng, Department of Japanese Studies, she noted that in Japan, there is an increase in elderly and married couples without children who own pets. She highlighted that while pets can be good companions, the love and concern from family members are the most precious, and cannot be replaced.

SG100 ‘Think Future’ Policy Forum

We would like to invite you to participate in the SG100 COMPASS ‘Think Future’ Policy Forum series. As a participant, you will get to listen to a series of policy proposal presentations by youth leaders who have undergone 8 months of policy workshops and mentor guidance. A robust discussion will then ensue with the expert panel, you, and the student presenters. This aims to broaden your understanding of the policy issues Singapore face today and how they can be solved from a youth perspective. At the end of the forum, a dialogue with a minister will ensue.

There are 4 forum sessions which you may participate in.

Please register here – http://tinyurl.com/apatff.

We hope that you will benefit from this development programme.  Please do not hesitate to email apa@nus.edu.sg or call Chua Hui Chee at 92343889 for any other queries.


Dr. Stephen Lim awarded the UBC SoTL Leadership Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education

Dr. Stephen Lim is among the select group of NUS faculty members recently nominated and sponsored by the NUS Office of the Provost to undergo the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Leadership Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education program by the University of British Columbia. This program prepares academic leaders to develop expertise for scholarly approaches to, and the scholarship of, teaching, learning, and curriculum practices in contextually–bound higher education settings. Dr. Lim is the very first FASS colleague to have successfully completed the program.

We congratulate Dr. Lim on making this significant milestone.

FASS Bookshare, 28 March, 4-5pm, Faculty Lounge

FASS Bookshare is coming soon! On March 28, Professor Jonathan Rigg (Geography) will be speaking about Challenging Southeast Asian Development: The Shadows of Success, Associate Professor John Whalen-Bridge (ELL) will present on his new book, Tibet on Fire: Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation, and Assistant Professor Annu Jalais (SAS) will talk about The Bengal Diaspora: Muslim Migrants in Britain, India and Bangladesh.

Be there at 4pm at the Faculty Lounge!

RSVP to fassresearchevents@nus.edu.sg

Additional details and Bookshare catalogue available here.

FASS Mentorship Programme — sign up NOW!

The FASS Mentorship Programme (FASSMP), established in 2006, provides a link between FASS undergraduates and successful FASS alumni. Providing insights on specific career sectors and how to get ahead, established alumni act as mentors to guide you in charting a career path ahead.

The year-long mentorship programme starts from August each year until July of the following year, and caters specifically to students in their graduating year (applications should be submitted in your penultimate year). Our recommendations are:

  • Minimum of 4 meetings, which may take the form of email exchanges, phone chats, tea/lunch chats, office visits, or a combination of these.
  • Meetings could discuss matters relating to a specific work sector, career path development, and professional practices.

A call is made in February each year for application to the FASS MP.

Visit the FASS Mentorship webpage to register: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/studentlife/mentorship.html

Closing date is 11 March 2016.

Creating the ‘Other’: Media and authoritarian regimes

1 March 2016

The Citizen

In an article contribution by Professor Mohan J. Dutta, Head of the Department of Communications and New Media, he reflected on the media portrayal of the pro-Kashmiri protest at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) that took place in February 2016.

Prof Dutta noted that the role of the media in shaping the national discourse over the last two weeks offers an opportunity for widespread discussion among media workers and media scholars on the ethical responsibilities of media in a democracy. He highlighted that when the profit-driven agendas of the media and the control of the state are aligned, the role of the media become antithetical to the spirit of democracy. He opined that serious discussions are needed about media ownership, media accountability and state repression in India.

To read the full article, click here.