Seen and heard this week


Seen and heard this week is a weekly column highlighting thought leadership from the NUS community


Distinguished Visiting Professor Asit Biswas at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS co-authored an opinion piece published in The Conversation on 10 May regarding the impact of China’s technological advancements on its global leadership. The authors said that China’s investments in the areas of technology, energy, environment and transport have the potential to define the global future similar to the way Britain’s industrial revolution did two hundred years ago.

In another opinion piece published on 10 May in The Straits Times, Dr Kelvin Seah from the Department of Economics at NUS Arts and Social Sciences gave his take on implementing a tuition ban to reduce over-competition between children and inequality in society. He emphasised that a blanket ban on tuition would not improve the situation and cited as an example the tuition ban in South Korea which led to the development of a black market for tuition and an increase in tuition fees.

Weighing in on the Malaysia elections, Associate Professor Simon Tay from NUS Law wrote a commentary in The Business Times on 11 May, highlighting that while the transition for Malaysia will be challenging, it can lead the country down a path of reform and institutional revival if the new leadership can successfully deliver on the hopes of its people.

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