22 February 2017 | Research

A study supervised by Assoc Prof Huang Dejian from the Food Science and Technology Programme at NUS Faculty of Science found that the ability to detect a chemical with a rose-like smell suffers the most drastic decline with age. The one-year study, which tested the sensitivity of the noses of about 300 Chinese Singaporeans and permanent residents who are ethnic Chinese to 10 odours, also found that sensitivity to a chemical with an onion-like smell changed the least with age.

The Straits Times

22 February 2017 | Education

In shaping the directions and strategies for Singapore’s future economy, Assoc Prof Tan Khee Giap, Co-Director of the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS and Dr Wang Peng, Research Fellow also from the Institute, highlighted that there will need to be basic consensus among the majority of stakeholders and the support of these stakeholders. They opined that we will need to re-assess Singapore’s growth potential; re-shape our new economy structure; re-consider the sustainability of our welfare system; maintain an open policy towards foreign labour; and come up with a clear, pragmatic vision of Singapore’s long-term development.

Lianhe Zaobao

22 February 2017 | Community

The NUS Muslim Society (NUSMS) organised the International Awareness Series (IAS), a ten-day event themed the Open Heart Surgery, to help NUS students understand the true Islam. NUSMS also organised several exhibitions and held an inter-faith sharing session entitled Faith Amidst Challenges with various religious groups.

Berita Harian

21 February 2017 | Research

The S$8.4 million National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory (NCL) was launched on 21 February 2017 at the 2nd Singapore Cyber Security R&D Conference. Housed at the NUS School of Computing, the NCL provides an environment to test cyber-security solutions and is a shared platform with a collection of malware and simulated digital environments that researchers can access. The NCL is supported by the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme at the National Research Foundation Singapore.

Channel NewsAsia, Channel 5 News, more

21 February 2017 | Research

A team of NUS and A*STAR scientists led by Assoc Prof Justin Chu from the Dept of Microbiology and Immunology at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has cleared an important first step towards developing a vaccine against hand, foot and mouth disease.

The Straits Times

20 February 2017 | Education, Entrepreneurship

Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat announced at the Singapore Budget 2017 that the Innovators Academy, one of the three programmes under the Global Innovation Alliance, will build on the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme, which connects and sends some 300 NUS students each year to start-ups overseas in the United States, Europe and Asia. Minister Heng noted that the NOC programme has helped many of these students start companies or pursue interesting careers, and the Innovators Academy will make these opportunities available to students from other Singapore universities.

Two Singaporeans who had turned their NOC experiences into success include Ms Gwendolyn Tan, Mashable director of Strategy & Business Development, Asia Pacific and Mr Mohan Belani, co-founder and CEO of e27, an ‘online marketplace’ curating IT products for start-ups.

The Straits Times, The Business Times

20 February 2017 | Education

NUS, NTU and SMU will increase places for the discretionary admission scheme from 10 per cent to 15 per cent of their intake. This translates to about 1,050 places at NUS, 900 at NTU and 290 at SMU, or up to a total of 2,240 places, to be in line with the Government’s plan to increase the cohort participation rate to 40 per cent by 2020.

The Straits Times, The New Paper

20 February 2017 | Research

Professor Ong Wei Yi from the Department of Anatomy at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, who has been studying local plants with a long history of use as traditional medicines, discovered that the Sabah snake grass has significant anti-inflammatory properties, with the potential to treat chronic diseases and conditions like stroke.

The Straits Times

20 February 2017 | General News

Distinguished Visiting Professor Asit K Biswas and Dr Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, applauded Singapore’s decision to raise water prices after 17 years. They noted that pricing can affect behaviour and underpriced or free water leads to very inefficient uses of water, including increased wastage.


20 February 2017 | General News

Duke-NUS Medical School organised the Paediatric Brain Tumour Awareness Day on 19 February, supported by Porsche Club Singapore. The event, graced by Dr Fatimah Lateef, Member of Parliament of Marine Parade, aimed to spread awareness of the challenges faced by brain tumour patients and their families.

Berita Harian