Assoc Prof Wong Sin Kiong from the Dept of Chinese Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences discussed the ties that Singapore Chinese business pioneer Mr Lim Nee Soon had with Taiwan.
Ms Tan Wen Qi was among 49 students who received their Doctor of Medicine degree at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School's graduation and hooding ceremony on 30 May, along with the School's first batch of eight PhD graduates in integrated biology and medicine.
The Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the NUS Faculty of Law organised a conference on 'Judging the Constitution: The Theory and Practice of Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore' which was held on 28 and 29 May 2015. Speaking at the conference, Attorney-General V.K. Rajah highlighted that Singapore's Constitution is not set in stone and can be amended as provided by rules and procedures under the law.
Professor Peter Ng, Head of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at NUS, traced the history of the museum's treasured specimens against the backdrop of Singapore's history. Prof Ng opined that the museum is a symbol of the need to appreciate fellow life forms that one shares the earth with. It is also a tool of science, an engine for education, and a means to empower the next generation, so that they do not repeat the environmental sins of their forefathers.
About 100 central bank officials, economists and financial market participants attended the second Asian Monetary Policy Forum jointly organised by NUS Business School, Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, Chicago Booth School of Business and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. In his keynote address, Dr Jacob Wenkel, Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International, cautioned that prolonging ultra-low interest rates would distort the allocation of resources and encourage asset price bubbles.
Assoc Prof Ng Teck Khim and a team of scientists from the NUS School of Computing has developed a system based on computer-vision technology to automatically convert videos and photographs into 3D that can be seen from any angle without the need for special glasses. The team has applied this technology to rapid 3D environment modelling, localisation and mapping.
The Singapore Residential Price Index compiled by the NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies revealed that resale prices of private apartments fell just 0.1 per cent in April over March, which followed a 0.3 per cent gain in March over February and a 0.1 per cent fall from January to February. The trend suggested that the fall in values may be bottoming out.
A team of experts led by Assoc Prof Joyce Lee and graduate student Ms Melanie Siaw from NUS Dept of Pharmacy, has found that Muslims with type 2 diabetic patients can fast safely during Ramadan, if their medication is adjusted by a healthcare professional. It was found that they remained healthy and had reduced risk of the effects of low-sugar levels, including seizures. This is the first time a survey is being done on Muslim patients in Singapore with type 2 diabetes.
Mr Andrew Yeo from NUS Institute of Policy Studies observed that some parents and students remain sceptical about the SkillsFuture scheme as they typically take the view that a degree is essential to career progression. To help change these mindsets, he opined that besides an imparting of skills, SkillsFuture must also be about the recognition that through the process of unlearning and relearning, one's formal qualifications matter less and less.
Yale-NUS College students, Ms Kong Jingyi and Mr Yang Jingshun, took a 'gap year' before entering university to enrich their life experience. Ms Kong spent her 'gap year' learning languages and the ukele, as well as volunteered at the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore, while Mr Yang spent his year interning at the College.