Prof Barry Halliwell, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) will be stepping down in June 2015. Prof Halliwell will continue as Senior Advisor to the NUS President, overseeing a number of key research programmes covering ageing and neurobiology, solar energy, and industry partnerships, among others.
Prof Bernard Tan, Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies, who is also a physics professor at NUS Faculty of Science, shared that in the early days, publishing the university exam results used to be matter of routine. He recalled that the practice exerted a certain amount of pressure on students, and noted that later on, grades became confidential.
Assoc Prof Thang Leng Leng from NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, reflected on the two-day conference organised by the Next Age Institute, and discussed the challenges that Asian countries encounter as a result of an aging society.
Mr Ho Kwon Ping, who is the first S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore at the Institute of Policy Studies, NUS, shared his views about female conscription for Singapore.
In his paper titled 'How Should Singapore Improve Spatial Diversity and Equity In The City Centre', Mr Wu Wei Neng of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS highlighted that there is less public housing being built in Singapore's city centre than in the past, and asked whether there is a need to build more public homes in central districts to foster social cohesion and promote social mobility in the population.
NUS graduates continue to enjoy high employment rates and competitive salaries in 2014. NUS reported higher pay for fresh graduates from 22 courses, including arts and social sciences, business and engineering.
Mr Donald Low of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS discussed the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Advisory Panel's proposed enhancements to the CPF and highlighted three important findings from behavioural economics that should guide the CPF Board in implementing the panel's recommendations.
The Environment Cluster at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's Institute of Water Policy and AON Asia have jointly organised a two-day NUS workshop titled 'Future Floods: An Exploration of a Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Flood Risk Forecasting'.
Mr Chan Kok Hoe from the Dept of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences examined the allocation of Budget 2015, and noted that it calls for a massive $11 billion rise in expenditure on the previous year.