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Eight proposals to increase productivity of construction industry in study led by NUS don

Prof George Ofori from the Dept of Building at NUS School of Design and Environment led a joint study by the Singapore Contractors’ Association and the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which aims to help the local construction industry establish more effective productivity benchmarks. The study which comprised eight key proposals, will be submitted to the Building and Construction Authority.

Singapore team identifies gene that could play role in autism

Researchers from Duke-NUS have pinpointed a gene known as CDH13 that could play a key role in causing autism. The team found that changes in the gene cause the brain's circuitry and how its cells communicate with each other to work differently than usual. The research, the first of its kind in the world on this particular gene, may open the way for drugs - for instance, those that enhance brain connectivity - to be developed in future.

Transform or risk new normal of low, slow growth

Assoc Prof Tan Khee Giap, Co-Director of the Asia Competitiveness Institute at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, and Mr Tan Beng Kai, Research Associate at the Institute highlighted that the push to transform Singapore’s industries and companies must start now, and that this transformation will not be effective with a one-size-fits-all approach. They opined that a targeted approach is needed, and that is why industry road maps are critical to helping enterprises and workers cope with disruptive change.

Senior citizens to experience campus life under new partnership with NUS

The People’s Association Senior Academy has partnered NUS in launching a new programme which provides senior citizens with the opportunity to study and live on campus with students from the College of Alice and Peter Tan at NUS. Student leaders from the College will host the participants over three days and two nights in May.

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Local social enterprises venture abroad to help communities in need

An increasing number of Singapore social enterprises are venturing overseas to improve the lives of the local communities through new products that they have developed or their services. A similar trend was also observed of the participants of events such as the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia co-organised by NUS Enterprise and the DBS Foundation, as well as the inaugural “Crossing the Chasm Challenge” organised by the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) at NUS Business School last year.

A cool look at Trump’s looming trade war with China

Prof John Wong from the East Asian Institute at NUS discussed how US President-elect Donald Trump’s preferences for trade protectionism and anti-globalisation and his mercantilist approach to economic policies could harm the global economy. He highlighted that a free trade agreement between the US and China - in creating more trade - is a ‘win-win’ for both, while a trade war - in whatever form - is potentially a ‘lose-lose’ act.