28 December 2017 | Research

The “Study On Social Capital In Singapore” conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) at NUS has found that people from elite and non-elite schools, and those who live in public and private housing, are not really mixing. But the more they play sports and take part in cultural activities or voluntary groups, the more diverse their networks. Conducted by Dr Vincent Chua and Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser from the Department of Sociology at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and IPS deputy director Dr Gillian Koh, the study has led to some experts cautioning about the emergence of a class divide in Singapore.

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28 December 2017 | Education, General News

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan discussed major trends and shifts that are reshaping the higher education sector in Asia in significant ways. He shared that NUS has developed programmes to nurture “future-ready” graduates, and also contributed its multidisciplinary research strengths to make a transformative impact that benefits society.

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28 December 2017 | General News

Assoc Prof Mak Yuen Teen from the Dept of Accounting at NUS Business School noted there are many ways that controlling stakeholders can exploit their control at the expense of the company and other minority shareholders without being caught by interested person transaction and other rules.  He opined that it is critically important to have independent directors who are independent from management and controlling shareholders, and who cannot be appointed or removed just by controlling shareholders.

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27 December 2017 | General News

Prof Wong Tien Yin from Duke-NUS Medical School will be appointed SingHealth’s Deputy Group CEO in research and education with effect from 1 January 2018, taking over from Professor Soo Khee Chee who will be retiring on 31 December 2017. Prof Wong is also Medical Director of the Singapore National Eye Centre and Academic Chair at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme. He has previously served as SingHealth's group director in research as well as executive director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute, where he continues to chair the board.

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27 December 2017 | General News

Prof Alan Tan from NUS Faculty of Law has proposed that domestic laws and agreements among regional countries on ownership and control of airlines should be liberalised in order to bring in more foreign investments and meet growing demand from trade and tourism. He suggested that ASEAN member states recognise community carriers designated to operate in each other’s countries; and air services agreements with non-ASEAN countries should also be amended to recognise these airlines.

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27 December 2017 | General News

Dr Norshahril Saat, Adjunct Lecturer from the Dept of Malay Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, discussed Singapore’s position on the recent declaration made by President Trump about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel. As a small city state in a bipolarised political landscape dominated by China and the US, Singapore stands firm in its principle in respecting international laws and world sentiments, and not succumbing to larger powers.

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24 December 2017 | General News

Visiting Prof Vinod Thomas from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS discussed the policy responses that Asia should adopt to address its varied demographic challenges. He opined that notwithstanding the vast regional and country differences, a combination of more open immigration policies and efforts to raise labour productivity can provide win-win opportunities.

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23 December 2017 | General News

Dr Yap Kwong Weng, Regional Advisor (Indochina) from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Principal Advisor and Director of Strategy and Merger and Acquisition at KPMG Singapore; and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum opined that while growth across Singapore sectors will be uneven, the brightest hopes lie in manufacturing and trade-related sectors. He advised that companies should capitalise on this opportunity to rethink their roles, strategy and their attitude towards risk as markets become more interconnected and competition for global talent becomes higher.

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23 December 2017 | General News

Asst Prof Sin Harng Luh from the Dept of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences discussed the reasons why vacations seem so important to the modern family, one of which is a rare opportunity to have protected time from work and school where parents can spend with their children. She also shared that the best family bonding time is not about the most expensive destinations or photogenic activities, but simply time spent doing mundane, seemingly irrelevant and unexciting things together.

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22 December 2017 | Education

Education institutions in Singapore are shifting towards aptitude-based admissions. In 2017, NUS had looked beyond academic grades to take in nearly 15 per cent of its intake through the Discretionary Admissions Scheme. NUS Vice Provost (Undergraduate Education & Student Life) Prof Bernard Tan said that these students add vibrancy to the NUS community and enhance the richness of the learning experience.

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