Seen and heard this week

In an opinion piece in The Straits Times on 6 March, NUS East Asian Institute Chairman Professor Wang Gungwu analysed the possible reasons for China President Xi Jinping dropping the limits of former President’s Deng Xiaoping’s two-term presidential policy. Looking back at China’s history, Prof Wang pointed out two factors that could have led to this decision — the need for a strong leader, and the need for sustained leadership.

On 8 March, International Women’s Day, The Straits Times featured Duke-NUS Medical School Professor Koh Woon Puay who launched a Women in Science network in 2017 under the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre, to give opportunities to female medical researchers for networking, training and mentoring. Prof Koh, who also holds a position at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, additionally set up a year-long professional leadership training programme under the network aimed at mid-career female researchers.

A Today article on 10 March looked into the increasing number of computer science graduates and undergraduates working in Silicon Valley for tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber, thanks to high demand for their skills amid a major technology boom. The article featured two NUS alumni and an NUS Computer Science undergraduate who shared their experience securing internships and jobs, as well as what it is like working in such companies.

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