English literature in schools: Time to update the plot? (Opinion, Page A27)

Wednesday, 24 June 2016

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Professor Philip Holden from the Department of English Language and Literature, and Assistant Professor Suzanne Choo from the English Language and Literature Academic Group at NIE. The authors noted that literature classrooms in Singapore schools seem insulated from the world, and suggested three reforms to the Literature curriculum. They opined that the literature classroom should provide an inclusive and dialogic space to help students grapple with the ethical tensions and ambiguities in the world today, rather than emphasise formulaic analysis of literary techniques.

Click here to read the article.

Kids of pushy parents ‘face higher risk of depression’ (Top of the News, Page A3)

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

 The Straits Times

This was a report on a five-year study led by Assistant Professor Ryan Hong from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The study examined how maladaptive perfectionism, commonly known as the “bad” form of perfectionism, develops in primary school children in Singapore. The research, which involved 263 children and their parents, revealed that children with intrusive parents are at least two times more likely to develop high levels of self-criticalness compared with others.

Click here and here to read the article.

Leveraging smart mapping technology to ensure global food security

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

CIO Asia

It was reported that Mr Yan Yingwei, a final year PhD student from the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has bagged the 2016 Esri Young Scholar Award for his innovative use of Geographic Information System or smart mapping technology to study the impact of climate change on invasive crops pests. His project aims to mitigate the negative impact of pests on agriculture and to develop solutions to ensure global food security. Mr Yan will be presenting his project to more than 15,000 spatial professionals from over 140 countries, at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, which will take place from 26 June to 1 July 2016.

Click here to read the article.

Social workers ‘key to meeting health and social needs’ (Home, Page B4)

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Straits Times

This was a report on the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, which is organised by the Singapore Association of Social Workers, in partnership with the Department of Social Work from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong spoke at the conference and said that health and social needs tend to be interrelated and the healthcare system must change to reflect this. He added that social workers, in particular, are key to making sure such needs are met. The conference will be held until 23 June 2016 at the NUS University Town.

Click here to read the article.

Tracing the footsteps of the early Straits Chinese (zbNOW, Page 4)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Lianhe Zaobao

It was reported that 30 NUS undergraduate and post-graduate students had participated in a field trip led by Associate Professor Wong Sin Kiong from the Department of Chinese Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to learn more about the early Straits Chinese in Singapore and their contributions to the Chinese community. The field trip followed with a lecture titled “When Raffles “met” Confucius: Peranakans, the English-educated, and their interactions with the Chinese community in Singapore”, which was held in the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), as part of the ACM-NUS Department of Chinese Studies Chinese Cultures in Singapore Lecture Series.

Click here to read the article in Mandarin.

International New York Times Writing Competition 2016

Students are invited to participate in the 2016 International New York Times (INYT) Asia Pacific Writing Competition, with the chance to have their writing published in the International New York Times.

Each year, the INYT invites secondary and tertiary students across Asia to submit a short piece on an important global issue. Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of New York Times editors and journalists, with the winning entries published in the INYT newspaper across Asia.

This year’s topic is “Global Youth” and the submission deadline is Friday 29 July, 2016. All secondary and undergraduate level students are invited to participate. Each student will receive a free 4-week subscription to NYTimes.com to assist them with their submission, along with a certificate recognising their participation in the competition.


Competition Details:

Topic: Global Youth

Submission deadline: 29 July 2016

All entries must be submitted via email through our canvas website:



Click here and here for more details.

IAEA 2016 International Essay Competition on Nuclear Security for Students and Early Career Professionals

The first IAEA International Essay Competition on Nuclear Security for Students and Early Career Professionals is now open for submissions.  We invite students and early career professionals, aged 35 years and under, to submit an innovative and original essay on the future of Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions.

3 winners will be presented with cash prizes of €2000 and a certificate signed by the Director General of the IAEA. In addition, all 3 winners will receive flight tickets, accommodation and daily living expenses to attend the International Conference in Vienna and to present their papers as a side event to the International Conference.

  • Submission Deadline: Friday 12 August, 2016 at 11:59pm, Vienna Time (CET)
  • Length: 2,500 words and under
  • Format: Word document, submission by email to NUSECessay2016@iaea.org. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for details.
  • Limit: One entry per person
  • Language: Any official language of the IAEA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for details.

Please refer to the Announcement (in PDF) on the Conference Webpage for more details.

Equal importance given to four languages in Literature (Page 17)

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Tamil Murasu

It was reported that Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be launching ‘The Banyan’, a book of his poems which has been translated into Tamil. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam is the Guest-of-Honour of the launch which will be held on 15 June 2016 at NUS University Town.


Prof Mohan Dutta Selected as 2016 ICA Applied/Public Policy Communication Researcher

mohan_duttaProf Mohan Dutta, Head of the Department of Communications and New Media and NUS Provost’s Chair Professor, was selected as the 2016 ICA Applied/Public Policy Communication Researcher. The prestige is awarded by the International Communication Association (ICA), which is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

“The Applied Research Award honors a scholar or group of scholars who has or have produced a systematic and outstanding body of research that addresses a significant communication problem of relevance to a public representing one or more groups of stakeholders relevant to a division(s) or interest group(s) of ICA. Individual or collaborative applied research programmes which include community engagement, group and organisational interventions, or advocacy and/or political policy work at the local, national, international and/or global levels are all appropriate candidates for this award.”

Prof Dutta received the award at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association held in Fukuoka, Japan on 11 June 2016.

Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Dutta!

AY2016/17 Semester 1 Internships

Still looking for an internship in Semester 1?

Visit the Arts/Social Sciences Internship Management System (AIMS) and click on AY2016/17 Semester 1. You will find interesting internships offer to FASS by:

  • National Parks Board (NParks)
  • Aegis Media Asia Pacific Management Pte Ltd
  • DeVries Global
  • PacificLight Power Pte. Ltd.
  • SCOR Re
  • Ministry of Education

Please note that AIMS does not make the internship application. Make your application by writing an email to the contact person or other method indicated on the internship description.

Visit FASS Internship Programme webpages for more information about the programme, or contact Karen Wong (email).