Assoc Prof Hussin Mutalib from the Dept of Political Science released a Malay edition of his book Singapore Malays: Being Ethnic Minority and Muslim in a Global City-State, which discussed the definition and sources of the 'Malay plight', as well as the future of Malays in the book.
Dr Lu Ding from the East Asian Institute at NUS analysed whether China 'the second-largest economy in the world' is the 'biggest loser' for being excluded from the Trans-Pacific Partnership that was recently sealed.
This was an article contribution by NUS Business School students Goh Jia Han, Daryl Chan, Ng Xu Hao and Yeo Sui Chuan. They discussed how Chee Fatt Co Pte Ltd, has grown from a humble hardware shop with a zinc roof into one of the leading distributors of precision tools, industrial hand tools and power tools in Singapore and South-east Asia.
Dr Lim Tai Wei from the East Asian Institute at NUS opined that the rise of student activism and the tools that empower them are likely to shape the future of political discourse, social activism and democracy in North-east Asia.
Prof Zheng Yongnian, Director of the East Asian Institute at NUS, opined that in countries where one party is dominant, the government is better able to work efficiently to improve the institutions of governance; on the other hand, a more democratic system would find it harder to do so but would be more resilient and adaptable.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Yale-NUS College campus, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the college, a tie-up between NUS and US Ivy League institution Yale University, has to experiment and adapt the liberal arts education model to Asia. He also noted that Yale-NUS will add to the landscape with its innovative pedagogy and new learning approaches. The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung and college presidents from universities worldwide.
About 40 international thought leaders in higher education from leading institutions around the world had gathered at the Symposium on International Liberal Education organised by the Yale-NUS College to discuss the fundamental challenges facing higher education.
Prof Charles Bailyn, Dean of Faculty at the Yale-NUS College, opined that it is necessary to find ways to educate all citizens, regardless of their future career paths, in the key methods and results of science, and that scientists and engineers should be broadly educated in the human side of the equation.
Prof John Wong of the East Asian Institute at NUS reviewed the anti-poverty drive by the United Nations, and pointed out that while the 2014/15 Global Monitoring Report confirmed that the first goal of cutting extreme poverty in half by this year had been achieved ahead of time in 2010, developed economies still face new forms of poverty.