Now in its sixth year, the FASS Inspiring Mentor Award (FiMA) continues to acknowledge and recognise inspiring colleagues in our community who demonstrated an exceptional commitment to mentoring through their work and are passionate to nurture the intellectual, professional and personal growth of other colleagues.

Whether it is giving career roadmap advice, suggesting ways to improve teaching or research, or just providing a listening ear, we know that mentors can make a big difference. Beyond that, mentorship also plays a crucial role in retaining and nurturing quality faculty and administrative staff, and in building up a strong and cohesive institutional culture.

So please do join in, and nominate your mentor who has gone beyond the call of duty to positively impact your work and life. The eligibility criteria and nomination procedure are outlined below.

Download the nomination form here. To submit your nomination or to request further information or clarification about the awards, write to

FASS Inspiring Mentor 2022 Award Winners Announced

FASS Inspiring Mentor Award 2022 Winners Announced

The NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 FASS Inspiring Mentor Awards.

Congratulations to:

FASS Inspiring Mentor 2021 Award Winners Announced

FASS Inspiring Mentor Award 2021 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 FASS Inspiring Mentor Awards.

FASS Inspiring Mentor 2020 Award Winners Announced

FASS Inspiring Mentor Award 2020 Winners Announced

FASS Inspiring Mentor 2020 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 FASS Inspiring Mentor Awards.


Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards (FTEA) 2020

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Award is awarded to faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching. Each year, a select few colleagues are recognised for their teaching based on peer reviews, student feedback and exposition of their teaching philosophy.

We congratulate the following colleagues on their achievements in teaching.  These FASS faculty members have been awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for their work in AY2019-20.

Name Department
A/P Izumi Walker Centre for Language Studies
Dr Osamu Amazaki Centre for Language Studies
Mr Appriou Yannick Centre for Language Studies
Mr Yuzuru Hamasaki Centre for Language Studies
Ms Sasiwimol Klayklueng Centre for Language Studies
Mr Muzzammil Bin Mohamed Yassin Centre for Language Studies
Ms Nina Melero Centre for Language Studies
Dr Alex Mitchell Communications and New Media
Dr Hong Renyi Communications and New Media
Dr Shobha Avadhani Communications and New Media
Mr Tan Kai En Communications and New Media
Dr Georgios Georgiou Economics
Dr Ong Ee Cheng Economics
Dr Seah Kah Cheng, Kelvin Economics
A/P Graham Wolfe English Language and Literature
A/P Loon Seong Yun, Robin English Language and Literature
A/P Starr, Rebecca Lurie English Language and Literature
Dr Lee Huiying Nala English Language and Literature
A/P Chang Tou Chuang Geography
A/P Long Shi Ruey, Joey History
Dr Chia Meng Tat Jack History
Dr Donna Maree Brunero History
Dr Priya Jaradi History
Dr Chin Chuan Fei Philosophy
Mr Sim Yeow Huat Jonathan Philosophy
A/P Terence Lee Chek Liang Political Science
Dr Lepori, Matthew Aaron Political Science
Dr Soul Park Political Science
A/P Lim Wee Hun, Stephen Psychology
Dr Jia Lile Psychology
Dr Matthew Lim Sheng Mian Psychology
Dr Nina Laurel Powell Psychology
Dr Wong Yuh Ju Peace Social Work
A/P Son Joon Mo Sociology
Dr George Baylon Radics Sociology
Dr Noorman Abdullah Sociology and Malay Studies
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Congratulations to all our winners for their excellent work!

In Memoriam | Mr Ngiam Tong Dow

Mr Ngiam Tong Dow
Top Civil Servant of Singapore, Beloved Supporter of NUS and FASS
(Economics, ’59)

The NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is greatly saddened by the passing of Mr Ngiam Tong Dow on 20 August 2020 at the age of 83.

A prominent alumnus of the Faculty, Mr Ngiam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with First Class Honours in 1959.  As a former civil servant of Singapore, Mr Ngiam contributed to Singapore’s economic development over four decades.

In recognition of his significant contributions to the Public Service, Mr Ngiam has been conferred various national public service awards, including the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1971, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1978 and the Distinguished Service Order in 1999.

Mr Ngiam was also actively engaged with the National University of Singapore (NUS).  He had been serving as Pro-Chancellor of NUS since 2000 and was the Chairman of the NUS Centennial Campaign Advisory Board in 2003.  Over and above his service to the NUS community, Mr Ngiam has also donated generously to university and FASS.  In 2006, Mr Ngiam and his family across two generations established the Mr and Mrs Ngiam Fook Quee Memorial Scholarship in honour of their parents and grandparents who had migrated to Singapore from China in the last century with nothing but the determination to work hard and succeed.

FASS presented Mr Ngiam the FASS Distinguished Arts and Social Alumni Award in 2016 for his enormous contributions to Singapore’s nation-building efforts and his strong commitment to and support of the University and the Faculty. In 2019, NUS bestowed upon Mr Ngiam the prestigious NUS Eminent Alumni Award.

FASS Advisory Board Member Mrs Chua-Lim Receives Public Administration Gold Medal 2020

NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Advisory Board Member, Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching, was conferred the Public Administration Gold Medal at this year’s National Day Awards by the Prime Minister’s Office for her numerous contributions to education in Singapore.

Mrs Chua-Lim is the Deputy Director-General of Education (Professional Development) and Executive Director of the Academy of Singapore Teachers Directorate at the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore. This latest award follows the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) she received in 1999, and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2017.

Her career in education spans 37 years, during which she has served as a teacher, principal and policy maker. Highlights include her leadership, as Deputy Director of the Sciences Branch of the Ministry of Education of Singapore, in the development of primary to pre-university curricula for mathematics, science, technical and physical education from 1998 to 2002, and the pivotal role she played as the founding principal of the NorthLight School, an institution offering enhanced vocational education from 2006 to 2011. She is now helming advancements in the professional development of teachers in Singapore.

At this year’s National Day Awards, Mrs Chua-Lim joins the ranks of illustrious NUS notables such as Former Deputy Prime Minister and current Senior Legal Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof S. Jayakumar, who received the highest Order of Temasek (with High Distinction) honour, and Prof Wang Gungwu, FASS Professor and former Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as well as the East Asian Institute, who was awarded The Distinguished Service Order.

Other FASS awardees include the following:-

Public Administration Medal (Bronze)
Prof Lionel Wee Hock Ann, Vice Dean (Research) and Professor, Department of English Language & Literature

Commendation Medal
Ms Loo Bee Bee, Associate Director, Department of Psychology

Efficiency Medal
Ms Jane Ong Pei Hoon, Management Assistant Officer, Department of Sociology

Long Service Medal

  • Prof Ong Chang Woei, Department of Chinese Studies
  • Assoc Prof Loon Seong Yun, Department of English Language & Literature
  • Ms Sakinah Bte Yusof, Management Assistant Officer, Department of Geography
  • Ms Jasmine Sim Bee Lay, Management Assistant Officer, Department of History
  • Assoc Prof Chen An, Department of Political Science
  • Assoc Prof Irving Chan Johnson, Department of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Assoc Prof Narayanan Ganapathy, FASS Associate Dean, and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology


HKUST-NUS: Navigating a World of Disruption

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS IRREVOCABLY changed the world, empowering us to take new approaches and employ new methods to do just about everything—from administering public policy and trade relations to managing economic and social activities.

The National University of Singapore’s Associate Professor Itty Abraham (Department of Southeast Asian Studies), Sooyeon Kim(Department of Political Science) and Prof David Taylor (Department of Geography) will be discussing this topic along with counterparts at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in the concluding episode of the HKUST Global Webinar Series.

During this session, “Navigating a World of Disruption”, the panel will be sharing their research and perspectives on the deep and varied effects of COVID-19 on food security, climate change, air quality, global trade, trends in international migration, remittances and scholarship.

Do not miss this! Register here

𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗦 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 & 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽𝘀: 𝗦𝗲𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗜, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬-𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭

CALLING ALL FASS GRADUATE STUDENTS: Having trouble with your writing and need help? The Writing Programme continues through the new semester.

Please be on the lookout for an email from us asking for you to register!