28 March 2017 | Community

The Yale-NUS Association for the Prevention of Animals from Cruelty and the South Asian Society at Yale-NUS College, together with an environmental group, have joined hands in promoting a meatless initiative which hopes to raise awareness of problems in factory farms.

The Straits Times

28 March 2017 | Education

Speaking on the topic of “Shocks and Shifts in Global Finance: Implications for Asia” at the Tolani-NUS Business School Public Lecture, Prof Eswar Prasad of Cornell University noted that China could gradually take over the leadership role in shaping the international economic order if the US continues its withdrawal from the global stage, as peripheral countries will have little choice in the power shift process. He also opined that regional countries will likely accept China’s rise to the top and while the transition may look peaceful on the surface, there is bound to be tension underneath that may emerge any time.

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28 March 2017 | Entrepreneurship

RateX, the brainchild of three NUS undergraduates – Mr Lim Jing Rong, Mr Jake Goh and Mr Davis Gay – aims to “flatten” cross-border online shopping by offering real exchange rates without additional or hidden transaction fees. The online payment tool, available as an extension on the Google Chrome Web browser, matches the sum of an online overseas purchase with rates from currency exchange websites.

The Straits Times

28 March 2017 | General News

Prof Zheng Yongnian, Director of the East Asian Institute at NUS, noted that the term “uncertain” could be used to sum up the Trump administration. He discussed the root causes for this uncertainty and its impact on the South China Sea issue.

Lianhe Zaobao

27 March 2017 | Research

An online “calculator” developed by PhD candidate Mr Sreemanee Raaj Dorajoo and supervised by Assoc Prof Alexandre Chan, who are both from the Dept of Pharmacy at NUS Faculty of Science, can help healthcare teams reduce readmission cases by identifying high-risk patients for targeted intervention, either during admission or after they are discharged.

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27 March 2017 | Research

“The Singapore Report on Shareholder Meetings: Dawn of Activism” co-authored by Assoc Prof Mak Yuan Teen of NUS Business School and active investor Mr Chew Yi Hong has found that listed companies are continuing to cluster their annual general meetings (AGMs) around the same handful of days a year – in particular the last two business days of April. The authors noted that the situation is very likely going to get worse going forward, with new requirements – which could involve more board deliberations pushing back the AGM dates – kicking in.

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27 March 2017 | Community

Project Infinitude, a collaboration between social initiative Superhero Me, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at NUS and local conductor Mr Wong Kah Chun, gave children with disabilities and children from low-income families opportunities to experiment with instruments and singing.


26 March 2017 | General News

Associate Professor Simon Poh from the Department of Accounting at NUS Business School explained the terms “tax avoidance” and “tax evasion”, which refer to arrangements seeking to minimise tax liabilities that are not acceptable to tax authorities. He mentioned that when reporting taxable income, extra caution must be exercised to ensure no tax evasion or tax avoidance activities are involved.

The Sunday Times

25 March 2017 | General News

Visiting Prof Vinod Thomas from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS discussed how governments and external financiers can get more out of development spending by forging ‘productive connections’ across countries and savvy investments. He opined that better knowledge dissemination through data and information sharing on the possibilities for making useful linkages is one part of the solution. The other part is encouraging teamwork across sectors and collaboration across boundaries, rather than going solo and doing things in isolation.

The Straits Times

25 March 2017 | General News

Mr Hawyee Auyong from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS examined the practice of dynamic pricing for taxi rides booked through the Grab app, as well as possible unintended consequences. He noted how surge pricing could result in cabbies shunning passengers on the streets and that if the practice eventually adds to commuter frustration or leaves behind disadvantaged segments of the population, including those unable to use booking apps, there may be public pressure for regulators to step in once again in setting taxi fares or to limit how ‘dynamic’ taxi fares are allowed to be.