Career Catalyst – Pre registration for January 2018

Pre-register for this NEW module if you would like to prepare yourself for the world of work.

About Career Catalyst:

This is a 2MC, CS/CU module for Year 2 and Year 3 students. It aims to guide students in designing their personalised career roadmap and to equip them with skills to market themselves effectively for career success. The module comprises of 2 lectures and 6 E-Seminars covering a range of topics.

For more information on the module, please click here.

Understanding gender effects of teacher-student interactions (Opinion, Page A36)

Friday, 24 November 2017

The Straits Times

In this monthly “Ask NUS Economist” series, Dr Kelvin Seah, Lecturer at the Department of Economics at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, discussed whether the gender of a teacher affects a student’s academic experience. Dr Seah shared that that his study has found that both male and female students are more likely to be seen as disruptive when they are taught by a teacher of the opposite sex and with all else equal, assignment to a teacher of the same sex has a positive effect on a child’s academic experience. Dr Seah noted that having a clear understanding of how teachers and students interact will enable us to formulate appropriate policies to address any potential gender effects.

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Sinologist John Minford on “revisiting prospect garden” (Page 9)

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lianhe Zaobao

This was a report on a public lecture co-organised by the Department of Chinese Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Lianhe Zaobao held on 18 November 2017. Renowned Sinologist Professor John Minford spoke about the existence of ‘gardens’ in both Western and Eastern literary work and gave examples of the observatory garden from the Chinese classic “Dream of the Red Chamber” and the selfish giant’s garden in “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde.

URA-REDAS SPARK Challenge: Raising the Quality of the Built Environment

The URA-REDAS SPARK Challenge organised by the URA and Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore is a yearly competition that seeks ground-up innovation to raise the quality of the built environment by offering participants an opportunity to test and showcase their prototypes in commercial developments. This year, the contest challenges participants to boost people’s health and wellness for a higher quality of life within the built environment. For instance, the submitted design may:

  • Encourage people to be more active indoors and/or outdoors (physical wellness), or
  • Improve the sensorial experience of a shopping centre to lift people’s moods (emotional wellness), or
  • Provide a restorative environment for people to recharge (psychological wellness), or
  • Foster interaction among people to build connections with one another (social wellness)

Participants stand a chance to win $5000 to build and test their prototype in a shopping centre, and one winner will also be awarded $10,000 at the end of the competition! The registration and submission period starts on 14 November 2017 and ends on 7 February.

For more information, please click here.

Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards (FTEA) AY2016/17

Warmest congratulations to the following faculty members on their achievements in teaching!  42 FASS faculty members have been awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for their work in AY2016-17.  In addition, 18 of them have also been nominated for the Annual Teaching Excellence Award.  We will know the outcome of these nominations in due course (early 2018).

Name Department
Dr Zhou Ziqian Jan Centre For English Language Communication
Dr Chan Kwang Guan Daniel Centre For Language Studies
Dr Walker, Izumi Centre For Language Studies
Mr Nagami, Masanori Centre For Language Studies
Ms Cho Jin Hee Centre For Language Studies
Ms Indrianti Centre For Language Studies
Ms Klayklueng , Sasiwimol Centre For Language Studies
A/P Ong Chang Woei Chinese Studies
A/P Phua Chiew Pheng Chinese Studies
Dr Iccha Basnyat Communication And New Media
Mr Gui Kai Chong Communication And New Media
Dr Ong Ee Cheng Economics
Dr Seah Kah Cheng, Kelvin Economics
Dr Timothy Wong Chong Ji Economics
Dr Tkachenko, Denis Economics
A/P Mie Hiramoto English Language & Literature
A/P Wee Su-Lin, Valerie English Language & Literature
Dr Leslie Lee English Language & Literature
Dr Loon Seong Yun, Robin English Language & Literature
Dr Murphy, Maiya English Language & Literature
Dr Wolfe Graham John English Language & Literature
A/P Pow Choon Piew Geography
Dr Kamalini Ramdas Geography
Dr Woon Chih Yuan Geography
Dr Donna Maree Brunero History
Dr Lawrence, Kelvin History
Dr Wang Jinping History
Dr Graf, Sinja Ursula Political Science
A/P Iliana Magiati Psychology
Dr Cha Yeow Siah Psychology
Dr Jia Lile Psychology
Dr Lee Li Neng Psychology
Dr Nina Laurel Powell Psychology
Dr Lee Geok Ling Social Work
Dr Wong Yuh Ju Social Work
A/P Ganapathy, Narayanan Sociology
A/P Low Eng Yong, Kelvin Sociology
Dr Chua Hui Ching Emily Sociology
Dr Chua Kynn Hong, Vincent Sociology
Dr Noorman Abdullah Sociology
Dr Qiushi Feng Sociology
Dr Oona Margarita Thommes Paredes Southeast Asian Studies

In addition, over and above the above award categories, FASS also commends four faculty members for their contributions to education excellence through our FASS Teaching Special Awards:

  • Dr Wolfe Graham John (English Language & Literature)
    “Technology Award”, for innovative use of technology in teaching.
  • Dr Roy, Tania (English Language & Literature)
    “Versatility Award”, for versatility in modules taught, in terms of the range of student numbers, module level, mix of new and existing modules, etc.
  • A/P Iliana Magiati (Psychology)
    “Social Impact Award”, for making a positive social impact through one’s teaching.
  • DR Lee Li Neng (Psychology)
    “Students’ Choice Award”, for the most outstanding student feedback received based on excellent teaching, approachability and helpfulness.


Associate Professor Stephen Lim does Singapore proud at the Asia-Pacific Electone Festival 2017

The Asia-Pacific Electone Festival (APEF) 2017 took place on 15 October in Singapore at the Capitol Theatre, with a total of 23 contestants from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand vying for the Gold Prize and the Silver Prize in three Sections (Junior Section 2, Junior Section 3, and Senior Section), respectively. The six winners will proceed to compete at the international-level Yamaha Electone Concours (YEC) which will be held on 2 and 3 December 2017 in Osaka, Japan.

We are very proud to announce that Associate Professor Stephen Lim (Department of Psychology) had snared the Silver Prize at the APEF 2017 (Senior Section).

We wish Assoc Prof Lim the very best and every success in representing Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region at the YEC 2017!

NUS Chinese Studies Department carries out field study on more than 400 Qing Dynasty grave stones (Page 8)

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Lianhe Zaobao

It was reported that Professor Kenneth Dean, Head of the Department of Chinese Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Science in NUS and Dr Hue Guan Thye, Senior Research Fellow from the same Department, led a team of researchers to complete the initial stages of a field study on 469 grave stones dating from the Qing Dynasty, at the earliest Hokkien cemetery at Onraet Road. The research is funded by the Heritage Grant Scheme of the National Heritage Board.

Click here to read the article in Chinese.