Economists sound note of caution on flip side of the sharing economy (Page 6)

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Business Times Weekend

This was a report on the Singapore Economic Policy Forum 2017 jointly organised by the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Economic Society of Singapore on 20 October 2017 at the Regent Hotel. At the forum, themed Preparing Singapore for the Future Economy, Professor Ivan Png of NUS Department of Economics unveiled his findings on the “Airbnb effect” on Singapore, in a study said to be the first of its kind in Asia. His research found that the home sharing platform had an effect on residential real estate transactions; there was a correlation between the penetration of Airbnb hosts in a residential block and the resale prices of that block over time.

Click here to read the article.

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FASS Forward to the Exams 2017


Dear FASS Freshmen,

As we approach the end of the semester, the Dean’s Office is organising a 2-hour session next week to help you prepare for your first exams at FASS. Specially designed for students in their first year, FASS Forward to the Exams features 4 lecturers and 4 senior-year students across different disciplines, who will share their insight on how to deal with your exams in an interactive seminar setting.

If you would like to obtain first-hand study tips and advice from lecturers on how to cope with exams, this session is just for you! Together with senior students from Sociology, Psychology, History and Geography, our very own FASS lecturers from Philosophy, Economics, English Language & Literature and Southeast Asian Studies will be there to share their personal experiences, study tips and exam strategies!

  • Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
  • Time: 4-6pm
  • Venue: FASS Seminar Room B (AS7 Level 1)
  • Format: 40-minute Panel session and Small-Group Q&A

Click HERE to register! Limited spaces available! For enquiries and more information, please contact Lynn ( or 66013496).

Invitation to the 15th Edition of TAPMI QoTB® || Singapore Qualifier

Greetings from T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal, India!

Founded in the year 1984, TAPMI is an AACSB accredited B School. TAPMI has been in the forefront of management education by conducting student events that enrich and support learning. TAPMI QoTB® is one such unique event which has captured the imagination of quizzing communities internationally.

TAPMI QoTB® is Asia’s biggest on campus business quiz competition where the best minds from all over the world battle it out to be the coveted QoTB® champions. It is held against the backdrop of a beautiful Konkan beach along the western coast of India.

The quiz master for the grand finale is Mr Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramaniam of TATA Crucible fame. The winning team would be flown to India to participate in the Grand Finale, the winner of which stands to gain prize money up to INR 1 Million.

It would be a pleasure to have National University of Singapore’s participation at the TAPMI QoTB® Singapore  edition to be held on 28th October, 2017 (Saturday).

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Stopping religious exclusivism in Malaysia from taking root (Opinion, Page A32)

Saturday, 14 October 2017

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Dr Norshahril Saat, Adjunct Lecturer from the Department of Malay Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he discussed a recent incident where the Sultan of Johor, Ibrahim Iskandar, condemned a laundrette in Muar for its “Muslim-only” services. Malaysia’s Council of Rulers, which is made up of all nine sultans in the country, echoed the Sultan of Johor’s unease, urging Malaysians to uphold the country’s cherished multicultural, inclusive and tolerant values.

Dr Saat opined that to develop a more inclusive society, a top-down intervention would not suffice without grassroots support. He added that we do not want Muslims to tolerate non-Muslims (and vice versa) because of their fear of the law, or because their leaders said so, but because they truly understand the essence of upholding diversity and freedom found in Islam. He added that restricting grassroots intellectual inputs means shutting the doors to progress, as society is exposed only to ideas promoted by those in power whom they are familiar with.

Click here to read the article.

FASS Career Preparation Workshops

Career Preparation Workshop: Resume Writing & Interview Skills

AY17/18, Semester 1

Choose any ONE of the sessions:
Registration deadline: 12 Oct 2017, Thursday

Workshop 4
19 Oct, Thur, 10am to 12pm
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Workshop 5
25 Oct, Wed, 2pm to 4pm
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Location: Tokyo / Paris Room, YIH, Level 3

Limited spaces available! Attending the Career Preparation Workshop is a requirement for FASS students who intend to embark on FASS Internship Programme (FASS IP).

* Please bring along your resume to the workshop to maximize your learning experience.
You may refer to page 31 of the NUS Career Guidebook for a sample resume template.

Internship with Police Intelligence Department

Police Intelligence Department
Singapore Police Force
Internship Programme 2018

Recruitment Criteria

  • The Internship Programme is opened to NUS, NTU and SMU students only.
  • Recruitment is only open to Year 3 students from the following faculties:
    – NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    – NUS Faculty of Science
    – NTU School of Biological Sciences
    – NTU College of Science Deans Office
    – NTU College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
    – SMU School of Social Sciences
  •  Shortlisted applicants can expect to be subject to interviews and security clearance

Internship Details

  • Unstructured i.e. internship need not be limited to the vacation period
  • The intern need not come into office everyday Monday to Friday but PID can stipulate the number of full work days per week or specific days that the intern must report to office

Duration & Deliverables of Internship

  • Duration of the internship is 6 months long
  • The intern is expected to produce a minimum of one report and one presentation.

Synopsis of Research Area for Intern

  • Conduct open source research into the broad area of genetic research and look into developments in the areas listed below (not an exhaustive list).
    – Genetic editing
    – Genetic modification
    – Synthetic biology
    – Stem Cell research
    – Genetic testing
    – Bioethics
  • Highlight the potential implications to law and order (in particular, relating to policing concerns) and the legislative framework.
  • The research should also cover perspectives of various stakeholders, interest groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and any other relevant groups.
    Application Details
  • Submit the internship application form, your resume and a one-page write-up (in Times New Roman, font size 12) on the above-mentioned research area to:
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  • Include your faculty, major and minor (if any) in your resume.
  • Application will close on 31 Oct 2017, 2359hrs. Your application will not be considered if the write-up exceeds one page.

Commentary: Passion made possible, a tagline that targets Chinese tourists

Friday, 29 September 2017

Channel NewsAsia Online

This was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Sin Harng Luh from the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which she took a deeper look at Singapore Tourism Board’s new tourism tagline ‘Passion Made Possible’. On the page catering to the China market of the VisitSingapore website, there are four words in Chinese ‘Xin Xiang Shi Cheng’, loosely translated as one’s heart is thinking of the Lion City, in place of the English slogan on the top banner of the webpage. Asst Prof Sin opined that the new, well-thought and nuanced Chinese slogan seems to reflect the immense importance that the Chinese tourism market represents to Singapore. She also shared her views on the shift in our tourism marketing and policies; what the Chinese tourist is looking for in Singapore when on holiday; and the potential costs and risks in the push to harness the economic value and opportunities of the growth of Chinese outbound international tourism.