02 April 2017 | General News

Asst Prof Mu Zheng from the Dept of Sociology at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences discussed the link between Singapore’s low birth rates and the role of women in the family and at the workplace. She opined that birth rates will rise when the father takes on a more active role in children and when the mother does not have to choose between work and familial demands. 

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31 March 2017 | Research

A team led by Prof R Manjunatha Kini, from the Dept of Biological Sciences at the NUS Faculty of Science, has made a pitch to sequence the entire genome of the temple pitviper in the 2017 Plant and Animal SMRT Grant Programme competition. The temple pitviper is the only snake species known to produce a toxin called waglerin, a neuromuscular inhibitor which scientists believe could be developed into a muscle relaxant drug.

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31 March 2017 | Research

Adjunct Asst Prof Yan Yen Nee from the Dept of Chemistry at NUS Faculty of Science, has led the development of a bio-silver hybrid material, which harnesses the potent germ-killing ability of silver, to kill bacteria which is becoming increasingly resistant to certain drugs. Her new invention has a wide range of applications, and a provisional patent for the material was filed in 2015.

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31 March 2017 | Research, General News

Mr Gopinath Pillai, Chairman of the Institute of South Asian Studies at NUS, discussed how companies looking to invest in India should focus on five states: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Mr Pillai and Assoc Prof Tan Khee Giap, Co-Director of the Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, were part of a delegation that attended the public forum for the 10th India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi, where Assoc Prof Tan presented the findings of a 2017 study by ACI which ranked the top 10 states that are most competitive in India.

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31 March 2017 | General News

Assoc Prof Mak Yuen Teen from the Dept of Accounting at NUS Business School discussed the rituals and anomalies that are like black holes in our corporate governance ecosystem. Assoc Prof Mak opined that a problem in corporate governance reforms is that so-called ‘best practices’ are often adopted without sufficiently considering whether they will work or add value in the local environment where they are to be implemented. He noted that a better approach is to understand the key deficiencies first and focus attention on addressing them.

The Business Times

30 March 2017 | Research

A nine-member research team led by Assoc Prof Ganesh S Anand from the Dept of Biological Sciences at NUS Faculty of Science, has uncovered hidden vulnerabilities on the surface of the dengue virus. This novel discovery means that scientists can now develop strategies to target these weak spots for treatment of dengue, and possibly other closely related diseases like Zika, influenza and chikungunya.

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30 March 2017 | General News

Dr Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy) from the Institute of South Asian Studies at NUS, discussed the two major global implications with the emergence of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and opined that much of the goodwill enjoyed by the AIIB is because of the gains it can bring for recharging globalisation.

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30 March 2017 | General News

Dr Chen Gang, Senior Research Fellow from the East Asian Institute at NUS discussed the shift in Australia's diplomatic strategy towards China as it moves away from being a loyal ally to the US. He noted that Australia is a non-claimant in the territorial disputes in South China Sea and with its economy highly dependent on China, it is therefore prudent to adopt a more balanced and pragmatic relation with China.

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29 March 2017 | Education, General News

A new Memorandum of Intent between NUS and GovTech was signed on 29 March 2017, where NUS will provide data science training to 10,000 public officers over the next five years. NUS and GovTech will collaborate in the areas of technological innovation, specifically manpower and capability development, for the benefit of public sector agencies. Other aspects of the partnership will see both parties engage in knowledge sharing to co-create solutions; work together to develop solutions on challenges faced by the public sector such as in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, and training of students via platforms such as internships and hackathons. NUS and GovTech will also form a GovTech-NUS Exchange Programme for staff to be exchanged and attached to each other’s organisation.

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29 March 2017 | General News

Prof Seek Ngee Huat, Chairman of the Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) and Practice Professor at the Department of Real Estate (DRE) at NUS; Assoc Prof Sing Tien Foo, IRES Deputy Director and Dean’s Chair Associate Professor at DRE; and Assoc Prof Yu Shi Ming from DRE traced the evolution of Singapore’s real estate industry and identified the contributory factors to the successful partnership in a book titled Singapore’s Real Estate: 50 Years of Transformation.

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