NUS News

A deeper look at mental health

More than one in ten people in Singapore have suffered from a mental disease at least once in their lifetime, and mental disorders contribute to seven per cent of Disability Adjusted Life Years – a measure of healthy life years lost.

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NUS graduates remain competitive

NUS graduates continue to see a stable and high employment rate and better starting salaries in 2016. The results from the latest Joint Graduate Employment Survey 2016 showed that close to nine in 10 NUS fresh graduates secured a job within six months after their final exams in 2016. The median gross monthly salary of NUS fresh graduates in full-time permanent employment also rose 3 per cent, from $3,300 in 2015 to $3,400 in 2016.

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A hand for low-income families

The Next Age Institute at NUS Arts and Social Sciences is developing a new Singapore Financial Capability and Asset Building curriculum to enhance social work education locally and better equip social work professionals to help low-income vulnerable individuals and families manage their finances.

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Defence against cyber threats

NUS, supported by the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme at the National Research Foundation, has launched the National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory, a national shared infrastructure which provides a realistic environment for cybersecurity research and test-bedding of innovative solutions against cyber threats.

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New hope in HFMD fight

Researchers from NUS and Agency for Science, Technology and Research have completed the most comprehensive mapping of the susceptibility and resistance genes in the human genome that are essential for the replication processes of the Enterovirus 71, paving the way for a viable treatment for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, an infectious disease affecting mainly young children.

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A digital twist to survival

Surviving the wild with just bare necessities, a quick mind, laptop circuitry and basic tech gizmo. This quixotic match-up is the premise of a new Discovery Channel television show in the US called “Hacking the Wild”, which stars the latest faculty addition to NUS Communications and New Media — Assistant Professor Andrew Quitmeyer.

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Support for organ donation

“You’re more likely to meet an organ failure patient than you are to meet a donor,” declared Professor A. Vathsala, Co-Director and Senior Consultant of the National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, during a discussion forum at the ‘Game of Survivors; Outlast Yourself, Support Organ Donation” roadshow and fundraiser held at University Town on 16 February 2017.

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Co-creating Singapore’s future

NUS, together with five other public universities in Singapore, has introduced a new module titled “Singapore: Imagining the Next 50 Years”, a common course that will be available to students across the universities. At NUS, the course is offered as part of the General Education curriculum. Classes started in January 2017 with an inaugural intake of 60 students.

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Arts Festival looks to the future

With the tagline Brave New Worlds, this year’s NUS Arts Festival promises to set Kent Ridge Campus abuzz with electrifying performances and unexpected bursts of creativity from 10 to 25 March, incorporating elements of art, science, culture and the future.

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Tracing footsteps of the brave

NUS Toddycats, a volunteer group with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at NUS, together with 86 participants, went on a five-hour walk on 12 February to commemorate the historic Battle of Pasir Panjang 75 years ago.

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