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.

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.

HSBC Careers – Apply now to join our Global Banking (Coverage Relationship Management) Internship Programme 2018











Searching for undiscovered opportunities on an international level enables us to develop products and services for governments, corporates and institutions.

You’ll broaden your career horizons on a global platform that will enable your curiosity to thrive, support your thirst for learning and provide opportunities to work with colleagues around the world.

Be a great discovery for Global Banking and Markets.

HSBC invites penultimate year students, final year students and recent graduates to apply for the 2018 Global Banking (Coverage Relationship Management) Internship Programme 2018 in Hong Kong.

Coverage Relationship Management (CRM) is the principal point of contact for HSBC’s largest clients, responsible for building trusted relationships and delivering bespoke solutions across the full suite of products globally. CRM uses HSBC’s platform of banking solutions and unrivalled global network of relationship managers and product specialists to meet the global needs of clients.

The Global Banking (Coverage Relationship Management) Internship Programme is a ten-week programme that gives you the first-hand experience to work across a range of transactions, collaborate with colleagues in multiple product areas, and work with some of the world’s largest organisations. You will constantly learn about the products and services across our international network, and see how we use our strengths to connect our corporate, government and institutional clients to mature and emerging markets to improve their financial performance. Perform well and you could secure a place on our Global Banking (Coverage Relationship Management) Graduate Programme.

Applications will be accepted until 19 November 2017.

Apply now for the 2018 Global Banking (Coverage Relationship Management) Off-cycle Internship in Hong Kong (Programme Dates – March to May 2018) – final year students and recent graduates

Apply now for the 2018 Global Banking (Coverage Relationship Management) Summer Internship in Hong Kong (Programme Dates – June to August 2018) – penultimate year students

Find out what starting a career at HSBC is really like at hsbc.com/careers and our Facebook page.


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 (lynnseah@nus.edu.sg 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).

Kindly note that there is no registration fee and no limit on the number of teams that can represent an institute.

Date: 28th October (Saturday)

Venue: Singapore Management University

Register at:  http://www.tapmi.edu.in/flagship-events/quiz-on-the-beach/ 












Please use the link above to register yourself for the greatest quizzing extravaganza in this calendar year.

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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
Sign up

Workshop 5
25 Oct, Wed, 2pm to 4pm
Sign up

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:
    o Tan_Ting_Ting@spf.gov.sg ; and
    o Melanie_Lansakara@spf.gov.sg
  • 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.