Seen and heard this week

13 February 2018 | General News
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Seen and heard this week is a weekly column highlighting thought leadership from the NUS community

In an interview with The Straits Times published on 12 February, NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye said that the University aims to nurture graduates who are students for life. This, he said, would entail weaving lifelong learning into higher education to prepare alumni for changing workforce demands. Prof Tan also shared that another plan of the University is to broaden its networks in the region in order to produce a group of NUS students who are Southeast Asia-savvy.  

Assistant Professor Tan Poh Lin from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy penned a commentary in Channel NewsAsia on 10 February analysing the way superstitions and peer behaviour can affect the decision of couples in modern Singapore to have a child, as well as the important demographic and macroeconomic consequences of such decisions. She used the Chinese preference of giving birth in the auspicious year of the Dragon and the unintended negative externalities on the rest of society as an example.

NUS Society Professor at the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering Lim Chwee Teck, who is also Acting Director of the Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and Technology, highlighted examples of various emerging technologies in the biomedical sphere and how they could impact healthcare and medicine in the near future. Some of the technologies he touched on in his 8 February commentary in The Straits Times included personalised medicine, big data and artificial intelligence.

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