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A growth mindset of interest can spark innovative thinking

ScienceDaily 25 November 2020

ScienceDaily reported on a study by a team of Yale-NUS College researchers, led by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul A. O’Keefe, which found that viewing interests as developable, not fixed, can help people make connections among diverse fields that others might miss, with implications for innovation.

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焦点 | 拜登筹备接权 特朗普打法律战 | Focus | Biden takes office and Trump's legal manoeuvres

MediaCorp Channel 8 19 November 2020

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Steven Oliver was interviewed on Mediacorp Channel 8’s Chinese current affairs programme Focus. In an episode on the results of the US Presidential Election 2020, Asst Prof Oliver discussed Mr Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the election result through legal manoeuvres and also commented on the clashes between the supporters of the two sides.

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Implementing carbon pricing during the pandemic could help countries recover greener, smarter

Scienmag 16 November 2020

ScienMag reported on a policy research paper published in Climate Policy, co-authored by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Economics) Francis Dennig, which noted that it may be an opportune time to introduce carbon pricing to tackle climate change as economics “build back better” due to the impact of COVID-19 on economies.

‘Mom, Look! I Made a Friend!’

The New York Times 12 November 2020

The New York Times carried an article on how children view friendship. It carried a comment from Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Cheung Hoi Shan who said that with age, children are better able to express the importance of their friends; they develop more peer relationships and begin to play in larger groups, but close friends remain much more important.

Regulation in common: Sponge to zebrafish

Science 6 November 2020

Science carried a commentary by Assistant Professor of Science (Computational Biology) Nathan Harmston who discussed the findings by a team of researchers that some pieces of sponge regulatory DNA (enhancers) can regulate gene expression  in zebrafish neurons.

Singapore scientists identify potential new biomarker to better personalise cancer therapy

Asia Research News 6 November 2020

Asia Research News reported on a discovery by researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School, Erasmus University Medical Center, Yale-NUS College and Duke University which identified a new biomarker that can better personalise cancer therapy treatments for patients. Assistant Professor of Science (Computational Biology) Nathan Harmston is a member of the research team.

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US Presidential Election 2020: Polling Day special

CNA 4 November 2020

In CNA’s special programme on the US Presidential Election 2020, Vice President (Engagement) and Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences (Sociology and Political Science) Dr Trisha Craig spoke about the developments of the polling results as they trickled in on Polling Day.

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US-China relations: Xi Jinping ups rhetorical ante as Donald Trump and Joe Biden both compete to talk tough

South China Morning Post 23 October 2020

South China Morning Post interviewed Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang on China’s President Xi Jinping’s speech marking the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean war.

Wanted: Graduates able to see the connections in a chaotic world

The Straits Times 8 October 2020

The Straits Times carried a commentary about how universities are implementing interdisciplinary curricula across the humanities and sciences to prepare graduates for a changing world. The article mentioned the Yale-NUS Common Curriculum, which allows students to explore the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

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Will President Trump change his view towards COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus?

CNA 2 October 2020

CNA Asia Now reported that US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. CNA interviewed Dr Catherine Sanger, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences (Global Affairs) and Director for Teaching & Learning, on her views on whether Mr Trump will change his messaging about the virus following his diagnosis.

The Singapore PAP's waning dominance

East Asia Forum 2 October 2020

East Asia Forum published a commentary co-written by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Steven Oliver on Singapore People’s Action Party (PAP)’s waning dominance. The authors argued that even if PAP’s dominance is waning, its general vision for Singapore may last well into the future as there are no indications among the electorate for a non-PAP government in the near future.

Spiders: Can tarantulas see in colour and why are some of them blue?

BBC 29 September 2020

The BBC reported on a study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, which found that tarantulas have the ability to see in colour and suggested functions for their green and blue colouration. The research, jointly led by Dr Saoirse Foley from Carnegie Mellon University, and Dr Vinod Kumar Saranathan, in collaboration with Dr William Piel, both from the Division of Science at Yale-NUS College.

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U.S. Emission Reductions Slowed After Trump Pulled Out Of Paris Accord

NPR 29 September 2020

National Public Radio and various websites reported on the United States’ impending withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu noted that her team is studying how many companies, cities and states are incorporating emission-reduction promises into their models of future emissions and warming.

Receiving official Covid-19 information 'relieves anxiety'

Financial Times 28 September 2020

Financial Times reported that a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research noted that people who spent more time receiving COVID-19 pandemic updates were “more likely to display depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms”. The data was from a study by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Jean Liu and Eddie Tong of the National University of Singapore psychology department.

Students hopeful that proposed NUS college can improve job prospects

CNA 24 September 2020

CNA reported on the National University of Singapore (NUS)’ plans for a new college for humanities and sciences that could improve job prospects for students taking arts or sciences. The report also mentioned that Yale-NUS College, which offers an interdisciplinary approach similar to the proposed new college, tracks a higher overall employment figure than arts or science graduates with an honours degree (from 2:15 – 2:27 in video).

Big push for interdisciplinary learning at NUS: Timely change but there’ll be practical challenges, experts say

TODAY 15 September 2020

TODAY carried an article on the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) plan to push for interdisciplinary learning and sought industry opinions. Yale-NUS Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) Joanne Roberts commented on the similarities between NUS’ proposed changes and the curriculum at Yale-NUS College. She noted that Yale-NUS looks forward to “working closely with NUS, sharing with and learning from them, as they embark on this new approach”.

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Depression, increased anxiety linked to COVID-19 news consumption

CNA 8 September 2020

CNA carried an interview with Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Jean Liu, who discussed how information-seeking amid the pandemic has impacted our psychological health negatively, and how usage of the Singapore government’s official WhatsApp (Gov.sg) channel could alleviate some of this stress and anxiety.  She also shared tips on how people can balance news consumption better during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Performance determinants show European cities are delivering on climate mitigation

Nature 24 August 2020

Nature published a research paper by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu, students Jonas Tan, Ng Yi Ming, Wayne Toh, Regina Vanda (all Class of 2021) and Postdoctoral Fellow Nihit Goyal. The study was on the impact of cities on climate change and examined the link between mitigation strategies and emissions reductions.

YOG helped Li feel rooted to nation

The Straits Times 23 August 2020

The Straits Times interviewed Yale-NUS alumna and former national paddler Isabelle Li (Class of 2019). She spoke about her experience preparing for competitions such as the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010, and how she coped with an injury. The article noted that she enrolled in Yale-NUS College after the 2015 SEA Games.

获颁公共服务奖章 陈大荣让人们更认识我国历史与文化遗产 | Public Service Medal recipient Professor Tan Tai Yong deepens awareness of Singapore’s history and cultural heritage

Lianhe Zaobao 14 August 2020

Lianhe Zaobao carried a feature on Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong, one of this year’s Singapore National Day Awards recipients. Prof Tan, who serves as the Chairman of the National Collections Advisory Panel, received the Public Service Medal for his important contributions to promote awareness of the country’s history and cultural heritage as well as further the development of museums.

23 recipients of PSC scholarship proceeding with studies this year

The Straits Times 23 July 2020

The Straits Times reported on the 23 recipients of the Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarships. Ms Sundaram Mohan Shakthi, who has been awarded a Singapore Police Force scholarship, will be studying psychology at Yale-NUS College.

Why this Redskin likes Native American nicknames in sport

Washington Examiner 22 July 2020

The Washington Examiner carried an op-ed by Dr Paul Gallagher, Assistant Dean of Saga College and Lecturer of Humanities, who wrote about Native American nicknames in sports. He noted that the relationship between the Europeans and the First Nations has been a tangle of admiration, contempt, fear, envy, friendship, and enmity.

Uni students tap networks to help peers get internships

The Straits Times 5 July 2020

The Straits Times reported on how university students had to be more resourceful in searching for internship opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The report featured Adriel Yong (Class of 2023), who created a spreadsheet of about 300 internship listings which was shared locally and overseas to help overcome hiring challenges during COVID-19.

‘Healing Labor’: Examining how Japanese sex work is woven into culture and economy

The Japan Times 4 July 2020

Japan Times carried a book review of Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Anthropology) Gabriele Koch’s new book, Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered Economy. The review noted that Asst Prof Koch wrote with “an adventurous spirit and scholarly matter-of-factness”.

Shipping disruptions may fuel spread of harmful alien species

The Straits Times 4 July 2020

The Straits Times carried an article co-written by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Anthony D. Medrano, which explained how disruption to shipping activities from the coronavirus pandemic can lead to a potential rise and spread of non-indigenous species.

Changing society through eco books

The Straits Times 23 June 2020

The Straits Times carried an article on a new book by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Eating Chilli Crab in The Anthropocene, which includes essays by his students who take fresh environmental perspectives from unlikely local subjects.

Commentary: The wrangling over rest days foreign domestic workers and their employers face in Phase 2

CNA 23 June 2020

CNA carried a commentary by Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Sociology and Public Policy) Anju Mary Paul on the rules concerning foreign domestic workers (FDWs) on their rest days as Singapore moves to Phase 2 of the post-circuit breaker reopening.

Weekends: Making sense of the China-India skirmish on the Line of Control

Money FM 89.3 21 June 2020

Money FM 89.3 carried an interview with Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science), Rohan Mukherjee, which discussed the Line of Control along the China/India border after troops from both sides engaged in a deadly clash on 15 June 2020.

Commentary: Here’s what months of food deliveries and takeaways have taught us

CNA 21 June 2020

CNA carried a commentary co-authored by student Coco Oan (Class of 2022) about the negative impact that COVID-19 has on zero-waste efforts in Singapore, as the circuit breaker measures led to a spike in the use of single-use packaging.

Grüne Investitionen schaffen mehr Arbeitsplätze | Green investments create more jobs

Neue Zürcher Zeitung 17 June 2020

Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung carried an interview with Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu, who spoke about climate change.

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India and China have their first deadly clashes in 45 years

The Economist 16 June 2020

In The Economist on the growing tensions between India and China at Ladakh, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee commented on crisis caused by the friction of both sides adjusting to a more capable and more resolved Indian approach to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Commentary: The intractable tug of war between China and Hong Kong

CNA 13 June 2020

CNA carried a commentary by Yale-NUS Postdoctoral Fellow of Social Sciences (Comparative Politics and Environmental Studies) Dr Yew Wei Lit about the recently proposed Hong Kong national security legislation.

为客工排忧解难 | Resolving issues for foreign workers

Lianhe Zaobao 4 June 2020

Lianhe Zaobao (LHZB) featured student Huang Runchen (Class of 2022), a Global Affairs major, who has been regularly volunteering at a migrant workers’ shelter to provide assistance for foreign domestic workers (FDW) who faced difficulties with their employers.

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Smart devices should space out vibrations to maximize user alert benefits

ScienceDaily 2 June 2020

ScienceDaily published a study on haptic feedback, led by Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Christopher Asplund and SUTD’s Assistant Professor Simon Perrault. The findings was published in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction and can help designers improve the usability of notification features in devices.  

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Heroes Unmasked: Art graduates raise funds

TODAY 1 June 2020

TODAY carried an article on those spreading kindness and compassion during COVID-19. Kimberly Wee (Class of 2023), who is the creative lead of Project Postcard, an initiative that designs and sells postcards online to raise funds for migrant workers, was featured.

‘Teaching Scholarship Award’ Recipient

Tamil Murasu 1 June 2020

Tamil Murasu (TM) carried a feature on alumnus Krishan Sanjay Mahesh (Class of 2020). Krishan, a Ministry of Education (MOE) Teaching Scholarship awardee, was one of the graduates who participated in Yale-NUS College’s recent virtual graduation ceremony on 18 May 2020.

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How the coronavirus stole time

Maclean's 28 May 2020

Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Politics) Nomi Lazar was interviewed in Maclean’s on how the coronavirus is affecting people’s sense of time, meaning, and purpose. The article also mentioned Assoc Prof Lazar’s book, Out of Joint: Power, Crisis, and the Rhetoric of Time.

Chili crab, human activity and the environment – a Singapore book by youths explores their links and more

TODAY 25 May 2020

TODAY reported on new book edited by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Eating Chilli Crab In The Anthropocene, which explores different perspectives of our environment using Singaporean life and culture.

Graduands urged to reimagine, create a post-COVID-19 world

CNA 19 May 2020

CNA carried a broadcast report of Yale-NUS College’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony. The report highlighted the speech by Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung, noting that he called on those graduating this year to collectively reimagine and create a post-COVID-19 world, even in the face of these challenging circumstances.  

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True colors: Using X-rays to trace the evolution of insects’ structural colors

Phys.org 18 May 2020

Phys Org carried an article about a study of the evolution of insects’ structural colours. Assistant Professor of Sciences (Evolutionary Photonics and Ornithology) Vinod Kumar Saranathan was one of the researchers in the study.  

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'More authentic, personal' with Yale-NUS online graduation

The Straits Times 15 May 2020

The Straits Times (ST) reported that Yale-NUS College will be the first among the local universities to hold a graduation ceremony online after the coronavirus pandemic derailed plans for the 183 graduands’ graduation ceremony.  

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Singapore Higher Education and COVID-19: An Early and Measured Response

International Higher Education 4 May 2020

International Higher Education carried an article (pages 24 to 26) written by Dean of Students Dave Stanfield and Wellness Manager Natalie Ang, which discusses Singapore’s response to the COVID-19 and its impact on higher education.

Dynamics of conflict during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2018–2019

BMC Medicine 28 April 2020

BMC Medicine published a research article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Economics) Francis Dennig that discussed the 2018-2019 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Lawrence Ypil: ‘Just because there’s some kind of drama, doesn’t automatically make it a poem’

CNN Philippines 24 April 2020

CNN Philippines interviewed Lecturer of Humanities (Writing) Lawrence Ypi, on his book, The Experiment of the Tropics, which was announced as a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards. He also shared how he is coping with the COVID-19 situation, and the things that guide his work.

A New World

The Business Times 24 April 2020

The Business Times reported on how COVID-19 has improved the environment. Coco Oan (Class of 2022), who founded Project bECOme, an environmental project that aims to reduce single-use waste, spoke about her campaign to encourage businesses to provide disposable cutlery to customers only upon request rather than by default.

Yale-NUS College scientists find bisulphates that curb efficacy of diesel engine catalysts

Scienmag 22 April 2020

Scienmag carried a study by postdoctoral fellows Susanna Liljegren Bergman and Vitaly Mesilov, Xiao Yang (Class of 2021), and Professor of Science (Chemistry) Steven Bernasek, who found that bisulphate species in the exhaust stream are strongly connected to decreasing the effectiveness of exhaust remediation catalysts in diesel engines.  

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The afterlife of stuff

The Straits Times 21 April 2020

The Straits Times reported on environmental and sustainable initiatives, including Thryft, an online platform that allows users to trade in old books for credit and resells them. Co-founder Eddie Lim (Class of 2022) shared the inspiration behind the business and how it helps groups affected by the COVID-19.

Campaign to make workers feel welcome in housing estates

The Straits Times 20 April 2020

The Straits Times reported about a campaign – Welcome In My Backyard (Wimby) – to encourage Singaporeans to be more welcoming when migrant workers are relocated to housing estates in a bid to curtail the coronavirus. Ethel Pang (Class of 2022) shared how she engaged families for the cause.

Insight: Piracy in Southeast Asia

CNA 16 April 2020

CNA’s Insight interviewed Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Steven Oliver on the episode on piracy attacks in Southeast Asia, in which he discussed the developments and contributing factors of piracy attacks in the region.

Fossil record analysis hints at evolutionary origins of insects’ structural colours

Scienmag 15 April 2020

Scienmag reported on a study published in Biology Letters, which found that the wing cases of the fossil weevils contained preserved photonic ‘diamonds’. Assistant Professor of Science (Life Sciences) Vinod Kumar Saranathan was part of the team of researchers in the study.  

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(冠状病毒19)前线医护人员压力大 可寻求免费辅导 | Frontline healthcare workers face pressure and can seek free counselling

Channel 8 News 14 April 2020

Channel 8 News carried a segment in their Hello Singapore broadcast at 6.30pm, which featured the pro bono online counselling service, ‘We Stand With You’ initiated by Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Keng Shian-Ling for frontline healthcare workers in Singapore.  

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Spirit of giving

The Straits Times 13 April 2020

The Straits Times carried an article about those keeping Singapore united with uplifting acts during COVID-19. Adriel Yong (Class of 2023) was featured for his efforts in creating a public directory of available internships and jobs to help students and fresh graduates find employment during this challenging period.

Go green amid Covid-19 circuit breaker

The Straits Times 12 April 2020

In an interview with The Straits Times, Coco Oan (Class of 2022) said that people should address concerns on using recycled and reusable containers in ways that least compromise our future needs. She is also the founder of student-run environmental sustainability initiative Project bECOme.

A Frame In Time

CNA 12 April 2020

Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong and Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Chua Beng Huat shared insights into topics like the evolution of Singapore’s hawker scene, the role of language in the nation’s development, and the labour market and life during the 1960s and 1970s.

Coronavirus Economic Impact: SE Asia faces economic turmoil due to COVID-19

CGTN 10 April 2020

CGTN carried a broadcast report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted economies in the Southeast Asian region. Visiting Professor of Social Sciences (Economics) Edward John Driffill discussed the World Bank report’s findings of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Thailand.

Contact tracing – on which Singapore’s COVID-19 strategy rests

CGTN 6 April 2020

CGTN featured interviews by Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Chua Beng Huat and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Jean Liu on the effectiveness of Singapore’s strategy to use contact tracing to combat COVID-19.  

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Social trust in times of crisis

The Straits Times 3 April 2020

The Straits Times carried a commentary by Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Politics) Nomi Lazar, who discussed social trust in a public health emergency, and explained that without social trust, people anticipate bad behaviour in others and respond defensively, such as stockpiling.

(新冠肺炎) 医护人员压力大 专业心理医师 提供1对1心理辅导 | (COVID-19): Healthcare workers under pressure

China Press 3 April 2020

China Press reported about a counselling hotline service for frontline healthcare workers initiated by Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Keng Shian Ling. According to Asst Prof Keng, such counselling services are crucial as healthcare workers face psychological burn out while dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Youthful passion for sustainable fashion

The Straits Times 3 April 2020

The Straits Times featured youth who are championing sustainable fashion, including Man’s Best Friend (MBF), stain-proof shorts created by a group of Yale-NUS students as a means to eliminate fast-fashion waste, and Tammy Gan (Class of 2021)’s efforts in harnessing social media to talk about her passion for the environment.

Amyloid formation drives brain tissue loss in animal studies

Scienmag 1 April 2020

Scienmag reported that Yale-NUS researchers found that amyloid plaque formation caused metabolic problems in the brain and physical damage that led to a loss of brain tissue. Their study revealed that lithium, a drug used to treat bipolar disorder, reduced the life-shortening effects of the lost tissue.  

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Carbon Conundrum

CNA 31 March 2020

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu and Laboratory Manager (Field Research) Dr Taylor Sloey were featured in ‘Carbon Conundrum’, a CNA documentary which discussed solutions that could help reduce reliance on carbon and tap on nature to overcome this global challenge – climate change.

Transformative Education

Facilitate Magazine 30 March 2020

Facilitate Magazine carried an article about Yale-NUS College’s win in the Facilities Management (FM) category at the 2020 Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards.

NUS, NTU and SMU let students write off grades for modules this semester

The Straits Times 28 March 2020

The Straits Times reported that local universities are letting students write off their grades for modules this semester. Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) Professor Joanne Roberts encouraged students to seek advice from their academic advisers as choosing such an option may impact how a future professional or graduate school views their transcript.

Is your child a bully? How parents can spot the signs and what they should do

CNA 27 March 2020

CNA Lifestyle carried an article about the causes and signs of bullying. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Cheung Hoi Shan noted that children who bully others might use it as a way to establish dominance and status within a peer group.

Inside the Secret World of Iridescent Animals

Discover Magazine 20 March 2020

Assistant Professor of Science (Evolutionary Photonics and Ornithology) Vinod Kumar Saranathan, who recently conducted a study on iridescence in fossil weevils, was quoted in a Discover Magazine’s article that discussed how animals use iridescence to camouflage themselves from potential predators.

An Optogenetic Method to Study Signal Transduction in Intestinal StemCell Homeostasis

Science Direct 20 March 2020

Science Direct reported that a group of alumni, students and faculty have published a research paper in the Journal of Molecular Biology on homeostasis (the replacement of dead cells) in adult organs, and the method of cell-to-cell communication that allows such replacement to take place.

Teaching intelligence: how to take your classes online

Times Higher Education 13 March 2020

Times Higher Education published a commentary by Yale-NUS Interim Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning and Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences (Global Affairs) Dr Catherine Sanger on online teaching amidst the COVID-19 situation. She suggested ideas to promote peer-to-peer learning, design cheat-proof assessment and empower students to use their own voice.

How a “growth mindset” can lead to success

BBC Worklife 11 March 2020

BBC Worklife cited Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul O’Keefe’s research where he found that there are differences between people and their capacity to develop a deep engagement with what they are doing, and suggested that people should move beyond the idea of ‘finding your passions’.

Cheeky otters are thriving in Singapore—and adapting quickly to big city life

National Geographic 10 March 2020

National Geographic carried a feature about how otters are adapting to urban life in Singapore. Senior Lecturer of Science (Life Sciences) Philip Johns is part of a team studying the urban otters and has created an app, Otter Spotters, for locals to report sightings.  

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Singapore excels at transparency while confronting spread of COVID-19

The Star 5 March 2020

Canadian newspaper The Star carried an op-ed by Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Politics) Nomi Lazar on the COVID-19 outbreak, noting that transparent communication is key to an effective public health response.  

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NUS-led study suggests mangrove forests provide cause for conservation optimism

Scienmag 26 February 2020

Scienmag and various science publications reported on a study led by an international team of researchers which found that the global loss rate of mangrove forests is now less alarming than previously suggested. Reports noted that Yale-NUS College is one of the contributing institutions for this study.

The search for new words to make us care about the climate crisis

The New Yorker 21 February 2020

The New Yorker carried an article about An Ecotopian Lexicon, written by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy, an instructor at Trent University.

Rethinking US alliances and partnerships as insurance contracts

AsiaGlobal Online 19 February 2020

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee wrote about the strategic competition in East Asia between the US and China.

Nitrogen-fixing trees help tropical forests grow faster and store more carbon

Scienmag 14 February 2020

Scienmag reported on a study published in Nature Communications on how tropical reforestation is a powerful tool for locking up large amounts of carbon emissions. Assistant Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Michiel van Breugel was one of the investigators of the study.

How some butterflies developed the ability to change their eyespot size

ScienceDaily 12 February 2020

ScienceDaily reported on how biologists have new insight on how a butterfly species developed the ability to adjust its wing eyespot size in response to temperature. Associate Professor of Science (Biology) Antónia Monteiro is the senior author for this study published in eLife.  

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“Battle for Singapore” to showcase nation’s wartime history

CNA 7 February 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow of Humanities (History) Dr Clay Eaton was interviewed on CNA‘s Singapore Tonight Show on the ‘Battle for Singapore’ programme. The programme by Singapore’s National Heritage Board encourages the public to look at different perspectives of Singapore’s history during World War II.

Butterflies can acquire new scent preferences and pass these on to their offspring

ScienceDaily 4 February 2020

ScienceDaily, Scienmag and Phys.org reported on the research led by Associate Professor of Science (Biology) Antónia Monteiro, which found that both Bicyclus anynana caterpillars and adult butterflies can learn to prefer new odours if they are exposed to them during their development or early in life.  

Airborne microbes link Great Barrier Reef and Australian continent

ScienceDaily 30 January 2020

ScienceDaily reported on the research by Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Stephen Pointing. Prof Pointing and his team discovered a link between two different ecosystems, continental Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, due to airborne microbes that travel from the former to the latter.  

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BYOC – that’s bring your own container

The Straits Times 18 January 2020

The Straits Times reported on the initiatives by different groups and individuals to reduce waste, and featured Coco Oan’s efforts (Class of 2022) to recycle plastic containers by donating them to bakers. Lianhe Zaobao also published a story on Coco’s initiative to reduce use of plastic containers.

Explainer: Volcanoes are erupting around the world — what makes them so dangerous and are they related?

TODAY 16 January 2020

TODAY interviewed Professor of Science (Environmental Studies and Geophysics) Brian McAdoo on the volcano eruptions on Taal in the Philippines and White Island, New Zealand.

Look Ahead 2020: Environment — Food security to take centre stage while climate change activism forges ahead

TODAY 3 January 2020

TODAY’s article on environmental awareness mentioned that Aidan Mock (Class of 2020), one of the organisers of last year’s SG Climate Rally, said he expects climate issues to become “explicitly political” this year and the focus of youth activism to expand beyond environmental issues.

Take a page out of these green books

The Sunday Times 29 December 2019

The Sunday Times’ feature on 10 new titles about the environment, included An Ecotopian Lexicon, a book co-edited by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson. The book gathers 30 loanwords from around the world that could help reshape the language with which people talk about environmental crisis.

城市农场走进大学校园 | Urban farming on university campus

Lianhe Zaobao 27 December 2019

Lianhe Zaobao carried an article on Farm to Fork, a programme by the Yale-NUS Urban Farm in which students grew and harvested vegetables on campus under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Marvin Montefrio, and cooked them in a masterclass conducted by Yale-NUS dining partner Sodexo.

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Commentary: Forget bamboo straws. Let’s name the elephants in the room of Singapore’s climate debate

CNA 23 December 2019

CNA carried a commentary by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu who noted that the latest research showed that human efforts to tackle climate change needed to be increased five-fold.

Voter model examines how opinions spread between social networks

Physics World 12 December 2019

Physics World reported that Journal of Physics A has published a study by Assistant Professor of Science (Mathematical and Computational Science) Michael Gastner and Kota Ishida (Class of 2020). They studied the voter model and used it to investigate social networks.

Tropical carbon sink accelerated by symbiotic dinitrogen fixation

Nature 10 December 2019

Assistant Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Michiel van Breugel was listed as a co-author in a study published in Nature. In the study, the authors explored how nitrogen-fixing trees in tropical rainforests could capture carbon from the atmosphere.

世界无肉日 本地大学宿舍试行新无肉餐计划 | International Meatless Day: Meatless meals at local university’s residential college

8World 25 November 2019

8World carried a story on meatless dining at Yale-NUS as part of a news clip marking International Meatless Day on 25 November 2019.

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Microbes connect the earth

Nature Microbiology Community 21 November 2019

Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Stephen Pointing wrote a blog post in Nature Microbiology Community to explain his paper “Air mass source determines airborne microbial diversity at the ocean–atmosphere interface of the Great Barrier Reef marine ecosystem”.

Africans in Singapore find ‘a place like home’ in student society, church fellowship as their numbers slowly grow

South China Morning Post 17 November 2019

South China Morning Post wrote about Africans in Singapore who find “a place like home” in various communities. The article featured Yale-NUS Afro Society (YAS) which comprises a mix of international students who are African or Caribbean natives, or have family origins in Africa.

Historian Tan Tai Yong’s lectures on Singapore launched as book

The Straits Times 8 November 2019

The Straits Times reported on the launch of Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong’s book, The Idea Of Singapore: Smallness Unconstrained. The book is a collection of President Tan’s lectures on Singapore’s evolution over the past 700 years.

Insight 2019/2020 – EP28 US-Taiwan Strategic Gamble

CNA 7 November 2019

CNA‘s current affairs programme ‘Insight’ interviewed Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang who spoke about US relations in the Pacific, and discussed US-Taiwan relations in light of the growing tension between the US and China.

Sikh community may have to evolve and adapt, says Singapore professor

Business Standard 3 November 2019

Business Standard reported on the lecture by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong, who spoke at the Singapore Sikh Community Lecture Series, held as part of the larger celebrations for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

Philosophy in the wake of Empire pt. 1: The white way to think

ABC Radio National 3 November 2019

ABC Radio National interviewed Bryan W Van Norden, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor at Yale-NUS College about racism and the legacy of Immanuel Kant.

Yale-NUS students can undertake internships to complete the final year research projects

Lianhe Zaobao 28 October 2019

Lianhe Zaobao carried an article on the pilot programme that gives Yale-NUS students the opportunity to apply their final year capstone project to industry challenges via industry internships.

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Gen Y Speaks: I work remotely. And it has been a blast

TODAY 27 October 2019

TODAY carried a commentary by Roslyn Teng (Class of 2018) on how she works remotely as part of the digital marketing team at Ampjar, an email marketing platform and advertising community.

Singapore researchers shed light on tackling Alzheimer’s

The Straits Times 26 October 2019

The Straits Times reported on the research by Yale-NUS College which identifies treatment of metabolic dysfunction as a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s disease. The team of researchers was led by Assistant Professor of Science (Biochemistry) Jan Gruber.

'If I can do it, so can you'

Berita Harian 21 October 2019

Berita Harian featured Yale-NUS student Ahmad Musthofa Murdifi (Class of 2021), a scholarship recipient of the Muslimin Trust Fund Association (MTFA). Ahmad received S$28,000 to pursue a Double Degree Programme in Law and Literature at Yale-NUS College.

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Simmering inequity: a city’s worst heat hits low-income residents

Nature 10 October 2019

Nature highlighted the research by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu and her colleagues, who discovered that in 18 of the 25 cities investigated, the burden of urban heat fell more heavily on less affluent neighbourhoods than on richer districts.

Pair of shorts that is a man’s best friend

The Straits Times 6 October 2019

The Straits Times reported on the start-up founded by Yale-NUS students Johann Wah, Glen Ang, Hwy Kim, Tejas Pal, and Keith Wo (all Class of 2022) and University of Oxford student Mr Nicholas U Jin. The start-up manufactures shorts that are water-, stain-, and odour-resistant.

The couples rethinking kids because of climate change

BBC 2 October 2019

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson was quoted in a BBC article that looked at how couples are rethinking having children because of climate change.

One For the Books

Singapore Magazine 1 October 2019

Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong was interviewed by Singapore Magazine, a publication of the Singapore International Foundation. Prof Tan used lessons from regional history to analyse Singapore’s foreign policies, especially in light of Singapore’s Bicentennial.

Parashar Kulkarni on debut novel Cow and Company, fiction writing as therapeutic, and the language inequality in India

FirstPost 30 September 2019

Firstpost carried an article about Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Parashar Kulkarni and his debut novel, Cow and Company. The article discussed Asst Prof Kulkarni’s inspiration for the novel, and how his research was heavily reflected in his fiction.

RI democracy at lowest point: Scholars

The Jakarta Post 25 September 2019

The Jakarta Post carried an article analysing Indonesia’s democracy. The article highlighted Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Risa J Toha’s research on election violence in Indonesia.

Commentary: The Hong Kong rain on Beijing’s parade as China turns 70

CNA 25 September 2019

CNA Digital carried a commentary by Yale-NUS Postdoctoral Fellow Yew Wei Lit who discussed the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in light of the recent Hong Kong protest.

Sand shortage: An overlooked environmental crisis?

CGTN 24 September 2019

China Global Television Network carried an article on the global issue of sand shortage. The article featured comments by Professor of Science (Environmental Studies and Geophysics) Brian McAdoo, who attributed the sand consumption to rapid growth in Asia, which creates high demand for sand to be used in construction.

Hundreds turn up in red at Hong Lim Park for first Singapore Climate Rally

The Straits Times 21 September 2019

The Straits Times reported about the first Singapore Climate Rally, where many people turned up to collectively urge the government to take stronger action in mitigating the climate crisis. Yale-NUS student Aidan Mock (Class of 2020) was one of the organisers of the rally.

Biodegradable plastic alternatives not necessarily better for Singapore

CNA 9 September 2019

CNA examined whether biodegradable plastics is a suitable option for Singapore. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Marvin Montefrio was quoted saying that there are merits in the shift towards biodegradable alternatives.

Unusual ‘quasiparticle’ in common 2D material

ScienceDaily 27 August 2019

ScienceDaily reported on the discovery of a new quasiparticle named ‘polaronic trion’, found in molybdenum disulphide (MoS2). Associate Professor of Science (Physics) Shaffique Adam was one of the lead authors involved in the research.  

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Singapore’s climate change dilemma: elevate or leave. What are the solutions?

South China Morning Post 25 August 2019

South China Morning Post wrote about how the rising seas are the biggest threat to Singapore in the short term. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Marvin Montefrio commented that Singapore also needs to think about mitigation of climate change as well as adaptation.

Youth join fight against climate change

The Straits Times 24 August 2019

The Straits Times featured four youths who are involved in the battle against climate change. Among the four are Yale-NUS alumna Ms Angela Ferguson (Class of 2018) and student Coco Oan (Class of 2022).

American Girl’s China Dream

Lianhe Zaobao 23 August 2019

Lianhe Zaobao (LHZB) carried a feature on Ms Helena Auerswald (Class of 2019) who will be heading to Yenching Academy of Peking University in China to pursue a Master’s in China Studies.

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Commentary: The deepening crisis over the Hong Kong protests

CNA 20 August 2019

CNA carried a commentary by Postdoctoral Fellow of Social Sciences (Comparative Politics and Environmental Studies) Dr Yew Wei Lit, who summarised the recent events surrounding the protests in Hong Kong, and discussed how the conflict might be resolved.

Reusable bags and straws a good start to the broader phasing out of plastic

The Business Times 19 August 2019

The Business Times wrote about how individuals and corporations can mobilise society to engage in collective action to mitigate the effects of climate change. On the issue of reusable alternatives, they interviewed several experts, including Yale-NUS Assistant Professors of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Marvin Montefrio.

The village with dolls but no children – and Japan’s existential crisis

CNA 17 August 2019

CNA carried an article about Japan’s ageing and declining population. Speaking on CNA’s current affairs programme, Insight, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Economics) Xing Xia explained the reasons for this, including Japan’s aversion to immigration, and social stigma about women who work too much or who do not have children.

Young activists planning ‘green dot’ gathering on Sept 21

The Straits Times 13 August 2019

The Straits Times carried an article on a climate action rally that is planned for 21 September, in line with the global youth movement inspired by teen climate champion Greta Thunberg. Several Yale-NUS students and alumni were involved in the ‘green dot’ rally.

National Day Awards 2019

The Straits Times 9 August 2019

The Straits Times carried a listing of this year’s National Day Awards recipients, which included Dr Ng Li Fang, Head of Laboratories, Division of Science at Yale-NUS College. Dr Ng was awarded the Commendation Medal (Pingat Kepujian).

Your passion isn’t waiting to be ‘found’. You need to develop it

The Business Times 3 August 2019

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul O’Keefe wrote an opinion piece in The Business Times about how adopting a ‘growth’ mindset can help people open up to possible new interests, based on his research at Yale-NUS College and NUS Business School in collaboration with colleagues at Stanford University.

Drama set in cake – Malaysian author Yeoh Jo-Ann comes up with a winning recipe of a book

New Straits Times 28 July 2018

New Straits Times carried an article about Yeoh Jo-Ann’s new book, Impractical Uses of Cake, which won the Epigram Books Fiction prize last year. Professor of Humanities (Literature) Rajeev Patke was mentioned as one of the prize judges.  

IIT-Madras with global varsities works on urban resilience

Deccan Chronicle 23 July 2019

Deccan Chronicle reported on the Urban Resilience Program 2019 that took place from 1 to 19 July in Chennai, India. This was organised by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in collaboration with Yale-NUS College, the University of British Columbia, and Cambridge University.  

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Architect behind Petronas Towers, Cesar Pelli, dies

Asean Breaking News 21 July 2019

The Straits Times and other online news outlets reported that Mr Cesar Pelli, an award-winning architect and former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, died on 19 July. Mr Pelli’s firm was responsible for the architectural design concept of Yale-NUS College and Ocean Financial Centre in Singapore.

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The Pulse: The Hong Kong protests – what next?

CNA 19 July 2019

Dr Yew Wei Lit, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Social Sciences, was interviewed on ‘The Pulse’, CNA’s weekly podcast hosted by commentaries editor Lin Suling, on the current protests in Hong Kong. Dr Yew’s interview can be heard from 1:53 to 13:00.

The Art of Aphorism

The New Yorker 15 July 2019

The New Yorker carried an article on aphorisms and why these fragments of wisdom have such an enduring form. The article featured Associate Professor of Humanities (Literature) Andrew Hui’s book A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter, which, it notes, “does something oddly and interestingly different”.

Q&A with Lawrence Ypil: “You go by the day and see if it pushes you to write a poem”

ABS-CBN News 7 July 2019

ANCX, the lifestyle arm of the Filipino media corporation ABS-CBN, carried an interview with Lecturer of Humanities (Writing) Lawrence Ypil. The article featured his thoughts on his new book of poetry, The Experiment of the Tropics, on his decision to leave medical school, and on poetry in general.

The Meaning Of ‘Meaning’ And Mukula Bhatt

Swarajya 30 June 2019

Swarajaya Magazine featured Assistant Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) Malcolm Keating’s new book Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Mukula’s “Fundamentals of the Communicative Function”, noting that it shines a light on Indian linguistic theories by drawing on the works of Kashmiri scholar Mukula Bhatt.

“我们的通识教育”第二届中国通识教育大会召开 – The second China General Education conference

SH China News 28 June 2019

SH China News and multiple Chinese news outlets (such as Sohu) covered the second iteration of China’s “General Education Conference” held in Shanghai on 28 Jun.

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Trade triumph and geopolitics mark Singapore’s 200th anniversary

Financial Times 27 June 2019

The Financial Times published an article about Singapore’s bicentennial, providing an overview of Singapore’s history and geopolitical significance. Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong noted that Singapore’s commemorations are not “trying to glorify [its] colonial past but to mark a pivotal event in [its] history”.

How to fall in love with the culinary arts

CBC Radio 18 June 2019

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul O’Keefe was interviewed on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Radio)’s podcast “Personal Best” about his research about fixed and growth theories of interest. Asst Prof O’Keefe’s interview can be heard from 06:40 to 08:53.

No bell curve grading in national exams, most universities

The Straits Times 17 June 2019

The Straits Times reported on the bell curve grading system in national examinations in Singapore. It noted that Yale-NUS College adopts the Latin Honours system, similar to American universities like Yale and Harvard.

Evolution of Insect Iridescence: Origins of Three-Dimensional Photonic Crystals in Weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea)

Integrative and Comparative Biology 5 June 2019

Oxford University Press published an article by Assistant Professor of Science (Evolutionary Photonics and Ornithology) Vinod Kumar Saranathan titled the Evolution of Insect Iridescence: Origins of Three-Dimensional Photonic Crystals in Weevils. It traces the evolution of vivid colours produced by 3D photonic crystals within elytral (wing casing) scales across all weevils.

Pilot study opens new possibilities for AI to enhance cognitive performance

Phys.org 22 May 2019

Phys.org published an article about research led by NUS Professor Dean Ho and Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Christopher Asplund. The study found that a powerful artificial intelligence platform, CURATE.AI, could potentially be used to customise training regimens for individuals to personalise learning and improve cognitive performance.  

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Wet and dry tropical forests show opposite successional pathways in wood density but converge over time

Nature 23 April 2019

Assistant Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Michiel van Breugel and authors from other universities published an article on wood density in wet and dry tropical forests in Nature. This research is part of Asst Prof van Breugel’s research on secondary forests.

Why ‘Find Your Passion’ Is Such Terrible Advice

The New York Times 21 April 2019

The New York Times’ “Smarter Living” newsletter published an article about finding one’s passion, carrying comments by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul O’Keefe who published research in 2018 on how two different ‘implicit theories of interest’ impacted how people approach new potential passions.

Commentary: The Notre-Dame the world needs

CNA 19 April 2019

CNA carried a commentary by Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Jane M Jacobs on her thoughts about the blaze that took place at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Singapore: A port city in search of a hinterland

The Straits Times 2 April 2019

The Straits Times carried a commentary by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong on the importance of Singapore’s hinterland to its economic development as a port city. He reviewed the history of Singapore’s economic development, and warned against neglecting nation-building in an era of globalisation.

Education still a social leveller but it goes beyond grades: Ong Ye Kung

The Straits Times 28 March 2019

The Straits Times reported on the U@live forum on the topic of education as a social leveler. Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung, Yale-NUS College President Professor Tan Tai Yong, OECD Director for Education and Skills Mr Andreas Schleicher, and Ng Qi Siang (Class of 2019) were panellists.

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All The Winners Of The St David Awards

Heart.co.uk 22 March 2019

The website of Heart, a commercial radio in the United Kingdom, carried an article about the St David Awards, noting that alumnus Mr Liam Rahman (Class of 2017) won in the ‘international’ category. The article highlighted that he studied at Yale-NUS College and majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

Riding the wave of climate issues

The Straits Times 19 March 2019

The Straits Times carried an article on art installations that address environmental issues. The article quoted Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, who encouraged cultural influencers like authors and artists to engage environmental issues in their work.

Is there life on Mars? Kiwi scientists join the hunt

NZ Herald 13 March 2019

The New Zealand Herald reported on a research led by Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Stephen Pointing which showed that a robotic rover can recover subsurface soil in the most Mars-like desert on Earth. The findings will aid the search for signs of life during future planned missions to Mars.

Yale-NUS students get chance to go beyond liberal arts degree

The Straits Times 12 March 2019

The Straits Times carried a feature on the College’s concurrent degree programmes, noting that students can expand their studies in fields such as computing and medicine. The article carried quotes from Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) Joanne Roberts, Yip Jie Ying (Class of 2019), and Bryan Tan (Class of 2021).

‘Cosmolanders’ and Singapore’s dual personality

The Straits Times 8 March 2019

The Straits Times carried an edited excerpt of the speech that Yale-NUS College President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong gave at the IPS-Nathan Lecture Series. At the lecture, President Tan discussed Singapore’s dual identity, a tension between an inwardly-focused nation-state and an outwardly-facing global cosmopolis.

How rovers are searching for alien life in the desert

CNN 28 February 2019

CNN reported on research led by Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Stephen Pointing, which showed that a robotic rover can recover subsurface soil in the most Mars-like desert on Earth. The study was published in the journal  Frontiers in Microbiology.

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Tale of two port cities over two centuries

The Telegraph 27 February 2019

The Telegraph, a key newspaper in India, noted that Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong gave a talk titled “A tale of two cities: Singapore and Calcutta” at the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta on 26 February.

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Fresh graduates from NTU, NUS, SMU and SUSS earn $3,733/month on average

Human Resources Online 27 February 2019

Human Resources Online, a news portal for HR practitioners, published the results of the Graduate Employment Survey 2018. The article noted that Yale-NUS College was one of the schools where more than nine in ten fresh graduates were employed within six months of completing their final exams.

Crazy Rich Asians in early Singapore’s history

The Straits Times 26 February 2019

The Straits Times carried a commentary by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong, who wrote that long before Europeans arrived in Singapore, Asians were already making Singapore a hub for trade, money and ideas in the eighth century.

Straight-A scholars for public service? Time to ‘catch up’ on how to pick talent, forum says

TODAY 23 February 2019

TODAY reported on the conference titled ‘Much More Than Academic Abilities’, organised by the Singapore Management University, which featured speakers Dr Maliki Osman, Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs, and Yale-NUS College President Tan Tai Yong, amongst others.

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The Future of Our Pasts Festival’s 11 events reveals little-known sides of Singapore

Lianhe Zaobao 22 February 2019

Lianhe Zaobao and The Business Times carried articles on The Future of Our Pasts Festival (TFOOPFest) a month-long event organised by Yale-NUS in support of the Singapore Bicentennial.

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Reimagining Singapore’s history through storytelling

TODAY 22 February 2019

TODAY carried a commentary by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong in which he discussed Singapore’s history in light of the Singapore Bicentennial, and highlighted various projects of The Future of Our Pasts Festival.

Festival explores lesser-known stories of Singapore’s past

The Straits Times 17 February 2019

The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao reported on the launch of ‘The Future of Our Pasts Festival’. The festival, by Yale-NUS College in support of the Singapore Bicentennial Office, featured an interactive theatrical installation, films, and graphic novels. The launch was officiated by Education Minister Mr Ong Ye Kung.

This is no valentine: the complexities of interracial dating for Asians in North America

South China Morning Post 14 February 2019

South China Morning Post carried an article on interracial dating in North America and the fetishisation of Asian women. It quoted Assistant Professor of Humanities Robin Zheng, who described fetishisation as “a person’s exclusive or near-exclusive preference for sexual intimacy with others belonging to a specific racial group”.

The Future of Our Pasts Festival shares stories of the struggles of the common people in the 200 years of history

Lianhe Zaobao 4 February 2019

Lianhe Zaobao reported that seven Raffles Institution alumni have organised an exhibition focussing on remittance letters sent home by Chinese migrant workers in Singapore in the 20th century.

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Singapore shaped by port-city past: Historian

The Straits Times 31 January 2019

The Straits Times reported on Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong’s IPS-Nathan lecture, titled ‘Singapore’s Story: A Port City In Search Of Hinterlands’, which occurred at Yale-NUS College on 30 January 2019. The lecture was President Tan’s third in a series which started in September 2018.

Becoming Singapore – Episode 2

CNA 29 January 2019

Faris Joraimi (Class of 2021) was featured in CNA documentary ‘Becoming Singapore’. He spoke about Singapore’s history from his perspective as a Singaporean Malay. His interview, shot on Yale-NUS campus and other parts of Singapore, appeared at 24:47 to 29:01.

Local arts and cultural activities helped open up new vistas for her

Lianhe Zaobao 28 January 2019

Lianhe Zaobao carried a feature on Yale-NUS part-time language instructor Ms He Ying Shu, who originally hailed from Hunan, China, and moved to Singapore at the age of 15. The article featured her journey of getting to know the country through various local arts and cultural activities.

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Raffles who? 200 years since the British colonialist, Singapore would rather he disappear

South China Morning Post 27 January 2019

The South China Morning Post carried an article on Singapore’s bicentennial celebrations. The article quoted Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong, a member of the advisory panel for the bicentennial.

Gen Y Speaks: Why I went from a meat-lover to a vegan

TODAY 27 January 2019

TODAY carried a commentary by alumnus Peter Lewis (Class of 2018) who works at Karana, a Singaporean plant-based food start-up. In the article, Mr Lewis shared his journey from an avid meat-lover to flexitarianism, vegetarianism and eventually veganism.

When the world moves faster and faster

The Straits Times 22 January 2019

The Straits Times carried an article on writer Amitav Ghosh, who gave a public lecture at Yale-NUS College on the topic “Can the non-human speak?” as part of its President’s Speaker Series.

Drug cocktail that could delay ageing

The Straits Times 29 December 2018

The Straits Times published an article on Assistant Professor of Science (Biochemistry) Jan Gruber’s discovery of a combination of pharmaceutical drugs that not only increases healthy lifespan in the microscopic worm Caenorhabditiselegans species but also delays the rate of ageing in them, a finding that could someday mean longer, healthier lives for humans.

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Commentary: Bicentennial can be a worthwhile endeavour

CNA 24 December 2018

CNA carried an commentary written by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong about Singapore’s upcoming Bicentennial initiative, where he noted that the Bicentennial has to be sensitively framed and shaped to be an inclusive process.

The Best of Books 2018

Foreign Affairs 14 December 2018

Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Chua Beng Huat’s book Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore was listed on the “Best Books of 2018” list by Foreign Affairs magazine.

Aiming for AI, machine learning jobs after school? Don’t just focus on tech, grads say

CNA 14 December 2018

In an article on the government’s focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, CNA interviewed alumnus Mr Sean Saito (Class of 2017) on his experience as a fresh graduate at software company SAP and how his liberal arts education at Yale-NUS has benefitted him in his career.

First local student accepted into Schwarzman Scholarship Programme: Hopes to become a voice for the disadvantaged

Lianhe Zaobao 8 December 2018

Lianhe Zaobao carried an article on student Daniel Ng (Class of 2019), a final year DDP student, who has been accepted to the Schwarzman Scholars Programme, based in Tsinghua University. The article noted that Daniel was among the 147 scholars, selected from over 2,800 applicants from around the world.

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Yellow fever: Cure needed, say Asian victims of sex prejudice

South China Morning Post 8 December 2018

In an article about “yellow fever”, the fetishisation of Asians, Assistant Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) Robin Zheng noted how Asian women are viewed as less competent than men in non-sexual areas and are therefore locked out of powerful and high-status careers and leadership roles.

Why Trump’s economic protectionism won’t make America great again

Medium 7 December 2018

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Kim Dong Jung wrote a commentary for Chatham House (published on Medium) arguing against the United States’ current protectionist trade policies against China. He argues the country’s security is best served by pursuing policies that maximises its power, including economic power, relative to other states.

How cities are failing to be inclusive – and what they can do about it

European Sting 7 December 2018

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu co-written an article in The European Sting, which highlighted the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (UESI), which is one of the few tools that allow cities to understand whether they are meeting sustainability and inclusion goals.

Climate change negotiators gather in Poland

BBC 2 December 2018

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu was interviewed on BBC regarding her involvement in the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24), and the current state of environmental efforts by countries following the Paris Climate Summit Treaty of 2015.

Risk elements help visual artist clinch grand prize at President’s Young Talents awards

The Straits Times 30 November 2018

The Straits Times carried an article about the President’s Young Talents awards ceremony. The article noted that Lecturer of Humanities (Visual Arts) Ms Yanyun Chen is a finalist and has won the $5,000 People’s Choice Award for her work, The Scars That Write Us, which features keloid scars.

Plato, Buddhism and storytelling

ABC News Radio 25 November 2018

Associate Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) Amber Carpenter was featured on ABC News Radio’s podcast programme The Philosopher’s Zone, where she shared about the congruence between Platonic philosophy and Buddhism, particularly with regard to their ideas on moral development and “turning the soul” towards reality.

The LBKM scholarship helps Yale-NUS student to experience overseas programmes

Berita Harian 19 November 2018

Berita Harian featured Yale-NUS College student Ahmad Musthofa Murdifi (Class of 2021) who received a scholarship of $1,200 from the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Memorial Scholarship Fund Board (LBKM).  

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Global Science: To the West and back again

eLife 14 November 2018

eLife, a publication with a focus on life and biomedical sciences, carried an interview with Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Sociology and Public Policy) Anju Mary Paul, who is writing a book called Asian Scientists on the Move. The book is based on her research on the migration patterns of Asian bioscientists.

Liberal arts admissions are less about privilege than motivation

Times Higher Education 14 November 2018

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Laura Severin penned a commentary on that refutes the argument that a liberal arts education is limited to those with familial or financial privilege, in response to discussions born out of an earlier piece on the value of liberal arts by Director of Common Curriculum Professor Terry Nardin.

43 Days, 5 Cities: two university students search for their roots

Lianhe Zaobao 12 November 2018

Lianhe Zaobao carried an article about Zeng Anmei and Nicole Quah (both Class of 2021), who embarked on a journey across five Southeast Asian cities to discover their Chinese roots.

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In Search of the True Dao

The New York Review of Books 8 November 2018

The book Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor Bryan Van Norden was discussed in a recent article in the New York Review of Books, which was written by Pulitzer-Prize winner Ian Johnson.

Yale, Yale-NUS look to strengthen partnership

Yale Daily News 8 November 2018

The Yale Daily News carried an article on how Yale-NUS intends to strengthen the ongoing ties with Yale University, to which Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong shared that the College is looking at hosting more Yalies and facilitating collaborative research projects across the two schools.

Commentary: Instead of robots or commodities, why not treat foreign domestic workers like fellow human beings?

CNA 21 October 2018

CNA carried a commentary written by Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Sociology and Public Policy) Anju Paul, who argued that Singaporeans should treat foreign domestic workers (FDW) like human beings instead of like robots or commodities.

Founders’ Memorial to go up on 5ha Bay East Garden site

The Straits Times 20 October 2018

The Straits Times reported on plans for a memorial to honour the pioneer leaders of Singapore with a committee calling for ideas on how it would look like. Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong has been added to the Founders’ Memorial Committee (FMC).  

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Correcting the image of society – Acehnese youth shows how to deal with misconceptions

Berita 18 October 2018

Berita published an article by Ilya Katrinnada’s (Class of 2018) research on the Acehnese society where she discusses her experience in Aceh and how the Muslim community there has been stereotyped and looked upon negatively.

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NUS starts new endowed fund in honour of former president Tan Chorh Chuan

The Straits Times 18 October 2018

The Straits Times reported that the National University of Singapore (NUS) had started a new endowed fund in honour of former NUS president Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. During his tenure as the university’s president, one of the key initiatives he spearheaded was the setting up of Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts college.

Foreign domestic worker writes poems to destress

Lianhe Zaobao 15 October 2018

Lianhe Zaobao reported on the literary event jointly organised by Yale-NUS student organisation ComPact and the Migrant Writers of Singapore on 23 September.

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President’s Young Talents exhibition: Digger deep for inspiration

The Straits Times 8 October 2018

The Straits Times carried a feature of the five artists in this year’s President’s Young Talents exhibition, which included Lecturer of Humanities (Visual Arts) Ms Yanyun Chen. Ms Chen talks about the keloid scar on her chest, which she has grown to accept and make a central part of her artwork.

Gen Y Speaks: What does it mean to love Singapore?

TODAY 7 October 2018

TODAY featured an opinion piece by Ng Qi Siang (Class of 2019), who expressed his thoughts about what it means to love Singapore. He noted that loving one’s country means to desire its continual improvement over time and that society should strive to build a more inclusive and prosperous Singapore.

Trailblazers

Yale Alumni Magazine 1 October 2018

Yale Alumni Magazine carried an article on Yale-NUS’ first cohort of graduates in its Sep/Oct 2018 issue. The graduates shared their experiences as the pioneer cohort of the College, the opportunities provided by the College, and how their Yale-NUS education has helped them in their postgraduate pathways.

The Making of Modern Japan

BBC 13 September 2018

Professor of Humanities (History) Naoko Shimazu was a guest speaker on the BBC World Service Radio Programme ‘The Forum’, where she and two other experts in modern Japanese history spoke on the ‘Making of Modern Japan’ to mark the centenary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868.

Tan Tai Yong: Good historians should examine details honestly

Lianhe Zaobao 6 September 2018

Lianhe Zaobao reported on the speech by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)-Nathan lecture series held on 5 September. President Tan gave the speech as the 6th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.

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Education in Colombia is still very stratified

El Tiempo 4 September 2018

El Tiempo featured Sebastián Cortés (Class of 2018) who participated in the seventh edition of the Learners’ Voice, a programme of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) that brings together 20 youths from 17 countries.

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Hold on to values Singapore was built on: President

The Straits Times 17 August 2018

The Straits Times carried a prominent feature of Stefan Liew Jing Rui (Class of 2020), who is one of the five President’s Scholarship recipients this year. The President’s Scholarship is the most prestigious of all undergraduate awards given out by the Public Service Commission.

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Pushing limits to achieve a first

The Straits Times 15 August 2018

The Straits Times reported that 19-year-old Stefan Liew (Class of 2022) will be pursuing liberal arts at Yale-NUS College. Stefan is a recipient of the Singapore Police Force Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the Public Service Commission.

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Language is not a barrier: Non-Chinese students head to China for experiential learning

Lianhe Zaobao 12 August 2018

Lianhe Zaobao (LHZB) ran a story on non-Chinese students going to China for experiential learning opportunities such as internships and study abroad. LHZB interviewed Yale-NUS student Izzah Haziqah (Class of 2020) who did a summer abroad programme in Beijing, China, under a scholarship.

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Scientists solve open theoretical problem on electron interactions

PhysOrg 10 August 2018

Phys.Org reported that Associate Professor of Science (Physics) Shaffique Adam is the lead author of a recent work published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Science that describes a model for electron interaction in Dirac materials, a class of materials that includes graphene and topological insulators, solving a 65-year-old open theoretical problem in the process.

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Viewpoint: Meeting automation head-on

Mount Desert Islander 20 July 2018

Mount Desert Islander carried a commentary by Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences (Global Affairs) Nancy Gleason on education and changes in the job market in the face of increasing automation. She highlighted that resilience and creativity are two key skills needed to adapt to the way of life.

Trust and Leadership: The Art of the US-India Nuclear Deal

The Diplomat Magazine 17 July 2018

The Diplomat carried an article co-written by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee that discussed the Joint Statement issued by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh thirteen years ago, in which the United States resolved to achieve “full civil nuclear energy cooperation” with India.

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

The Atlantic 12 July 2018

The Atlantic carried an article on the research by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul A O’Keefe, which examined the “fixed theory” and “growth theory” about interest and how each theory influences individuals’ learning and development.

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Scientists use CRISPR to tweak butterfly wing color, change wing scale surface structure

Scienmag 4 July 2018

Scienmag reported on research by Associate Professor of Science (Biology) Antónia Monteiro to modify both colour and morphology (physical characteristics) of a butterfly’s wing scales. The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.

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Japan and India Are Better Off Aligned Than Allied

The Diplomat Magazine 2 July 2018

Assistant Professor of Social Science (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee wrote an article on international relations between Japan and India in The Diplomat. He explained why Japan and India may be best served by their existing alignment instead of pursuing an alliance.

Polymer Clay Jewelry, Anyone? Meet Singapore-based clay jewellery brand rae-clay

Marie France Asia 26 June 2018

Marie France Asia carried an article written by Kanako Sugawara (Class of 2020), who interviewed her classmate Guadalupe Lazaro (Class of 2020), founder of polymer clay jewellery brand rae-clay.

The Ignorant Do Not Have a Right to an Audience

New York Times 26 June 2018

The New York Times carried an opinion piece by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor and Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) Bryan Van Norden, who argued that the rights to the freedom of speech does not give the ignorant the right to an audience.

An Interview with Philosopher Robin Zheng

The Philosopher's Eye 21 June 2018

The Philosopher’s Eye, a philosophy blog, interviewed Assistant Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) Robin Zheng who spoke about her work at Yale-NUS and her article ‘Precarity is a Feminist Issue: Gender and Contingent Labor in the Academy’ published in journal Hypatia.

The mistake people make when trying to find their passion in life revealed in study

Newsweek 21 July 2018

Newsweek reported that Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul O’Keefe and Stanford psychologists Carol Dweck and Gregory Walton have found that the theory on fixed and growth mindsets could be applied to better understand how people approach their talents and abilities.

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Empathy will help the world change course on climate change

Eco-business 6 June 2018

Eco-Business.com reported that Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Michael Maniates spoke at a plenary dialogue at a film and photography exhibition about climate change, held in conjunction with the United Nations World Environment Day.

Yale-NUS double degree in liberal arts and law programme helps graduates gain broader perspective

Lianhe Zaobao 4 June 2020

Lianhe Zaobao carried an article on the Yale-NUS Graduation 2018, which focused on the inaugural batch of graduands from the Double Degree in Law and Liberal Arts programme (DDP).

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Graduates appreciate being able to study various disciplines at Yale-NUS College

Berita Harian 3 June 2018

Berita Harian featured Class of 2018 graduand Nur Diyanah Bte Kamarudin, who will be heading to L.E.K. consulting upon graduation.

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Buddhist groups step up reminders to followers to avoid releasing animals on Vesak Day

The Straits Times 28 May 2018

The Straits Times interviewed Assistant Professor in Social Sciences (Anthropology) Neena Mahadev on the practice of releasing animals on Vesak Day and on other special occasions, known as “fangsheng” among Chinese Buddhists, and “jiwitte dana” (the gift of life) among Theravada Buddhists.

Immerse into the virtual world, experience the reality of depression

Lianhe Zaobao 28 May 2018

Lianhe Zaobao carried a feature on virtual and augmented reality technologies and highlighted a start-up – VERE360 – founded by Yale-NUS students.

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Second batch of Yale-NUS graduates bridge gap between liberal arts and sciences

The Straits Times 28 May 2018

The Straits Times reported on Yale-NUS College’s second graduation ceremony held on 28 May 2018. ST also interviewed some Yale-NUS students who were bridging the gap between liberal arts and sciences.

Palawan’s indigenous food, forests threatened

Inquirer.net 10 May 2018

Inquirer.net, the online platform of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, carried a commentary co-authored by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Marvin Montefrio, on the threat of rapidly expanding oil palm plantations on indigenous lands and food security in Palawan.

Writers’ Series discusses storytelling with a human side

The Jakarta Post 7 May 2018

The Jakarta Post featured the annual Writers’ Series held by The Jakarta Post Writing Centre. Professor of Humanities (Writing) and Director of the Writing Programme Robin Hemley and Lecturer of Humanities (Writing) Lawrence Ypil were speakers at the event.

Commentary: Improve welfare of foreign domestic workers to prevent ‘care drain’

CNA 7 May 2018

CNA carried a commentary by Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Sociology and Public Policy) Anju Mary Paul who wrote that Singapore could take steps to become a better and more attractive country for foreign domestic workers to work, and in turn, retain these workers.

Seven Decades of Independent India: Ideas and Reflections review: Not a critical assessment

The Hindu 5 May 2018

The Hindu carried comments by Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong on India’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN).

Commentary: A liberal arts education in Singapore and the usefulness of ‘useless’ knowledge

CNA 22 April 2018

CNA carried a commentary by Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) and Director of the Common Curriculum, Terry Nardin, who discussed the value of a liberal arts education.

If we don’t act now, the largest animal alive in 200 years will be the domestic cow

Wired.co.uk 19 April 2018

Wired UK carried an article that discussed how the average size of animals might shrink over time. Assistant Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Jennifer Sheridan commented that the search for the link between animal size and temperature should not stop because as it could impact the balance of ecosystems.

Leaping into the spotlight

The Straits Times 12 April 2018

The Straits Times reported on the discovery by scientists from Yale-NUS College and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences of five new species of Southeast Asian frogs from a group of approximately 400 museum specimens which researchers had long thought belonged to only two species.

Commentary: Maids’ overtime pay is long overdue

CNA 9 April 2018

CNA carried a commentary piece by Associate Professor of Social Sciences (Sociology and Public Policy) Anju Mary Paul who wrote that more could be done to safeguard the welfare of foreign domestic workers.

Experts for preservation, but split on intermediate option

The Straits Times 3 April 2018

The Straits Times carried an article on the house of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew at 38 Oxley Road. Yale-NUS College President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong commented that it was necessary to preserve the house fully or at least a carefully chosen portion that has actual historical significance.  

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Ong Keng Yong: ASEAN must guard against geopolitical influence

Lianhe Zaobao 25 March 2018

Lianhe Zaobao reported on the keynote address given by Ambassador-at-Large Ong Keng Yong at the ‘Development in Asia Research Conference 2018′, organised by the Yale-NUS Society for Academic Research on 24 March.

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Five new species of frogs identified in museum collections

Phys.org 20 March 2018

Phys.org reported that researchers from Yale-NUS College and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have discovered five new species of Southeast Asian frogs from a group of museum specimens that was believed to only contain two species.  

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Comic creators’ foray into fantasy

The Straits Times 20 March 2018

The Straits Times carried an article on two emerging comic creators based in Singapore, one of whom is Scott Lee Chua (Class of 2020), who is the co-author of the graphic novel The Doorkeeper, which puts a Filipino twist on cosmic time travel.

Powering Progress Together 2018 continues discussions on more and cleaner energy

Rappler 19 March 2018

Rappler reported that a team of students from Yale-NUS College won the Imagining the Future Scenarios competition at the Shell Powering Progress Together 2018, a global forum on technology, powering economies, and energy solutions.

Discussion on public health

The Straits Times 19 March 2018

The Straits Times noted that Yale-NUS College was hosting a public panel discussion titled “The Future of Public Health: Leadership Perspectives from East & West” on 19 March 2018.

Don’t push us, China says to Trump’s demand for US$100 billion cut in the Sino-US trade gap

South China Morning Post 15 March 2018

South China Morning Post interviewed Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang on China’s reaction to President Trump’s demand for US$100 billion cut in the Sino-US trade gap.

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Graduate under-employment rises as more take to the gig economy

The Business Times 14 March 2018

The Business Times reported on the increasing number of graduates taking to the gig economy, and interviewed Yale-NUS graduate Reuben Su (Class of 2017) who shared on his job search journey, and his decision to go into freelance work when he did not net a full-time job when he graduated in May 2017.

How China could play a role in a Trump-Kim meeting

CNBC 13 March 2018

CNBC reported on the planned meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and interviewed Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang on the possible outcomes of this meeting.

Will data dominate in the future?

Lianhe Zaobao 12 March 2018

Lianhe Zaobao (LHZB) reported that a group of six Yale-NUS students won the Shell case competition titled ‘Imagine the Future’ held on 5 March 2018.

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Shell brings thought leaders together to discuss solutions to future energy challenges in Asia

ACN Newswire 8 March 2018

ACN Newswire reported on the 2nd Shell Powering Progress Together Forum, which discussed solutions to future energy challenges in the region. A team of students from Yale-NUS College won the regional finals of the ‘Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition’, which was held at the event.  

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Top anthropology schools in 2018 by region

Top Universities 7 March 2018

Top Universities compiled a list of the top anthropology schools in 2018 by region. It highlighted that in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offered anthropology courses under Yale-NUS, and that NUS’ ranking climbed from 25th to 21st over the past year.

Desert-dwelling bacteria offer clues to habitability on Mars

Astrobiology Magazine 1 March 2018

Astrobiology Magazine published an article on research by Professor of Science (Environmental Studies) Stephen Pointing, which looks into how microbial life on Mars may live.

9 in 10 graduates from Yale-NUS College’s first cohort employed within six months

The Straits Times 27 February 2018

The Straits Times (ST) reported that more than nine in 10 graduates from Yale-NUS College’s pioneer cohort secured jobs within six months of their final examinations, and the median starting salaries of $4,083 for graduates with Bachelor of Science with Honours and $3,500 for Bachelor of Arts with Honours degrees.

Higher starting pay for university graduates, more in freelance work: Survey

The Straits Times 26 February 2018

The Straits Times reported the results of a joint graduate employment survey that polled 11,628 fresh graduates of full-time courses. The Straits Times and TODAY (1) (2) noted that Yale-NUS’ first batch of graduates had an employment rate of 93.3 percent with an overall median pay of $3,500.  

Poor smart contract coding exposes millions of dollars in Ethereum

ZDNet 23 February 2018

ZDnet carried an article comparing cryptocurrencies blockchain and Ethereum (ETH). A recent study by Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Science (Computational Sciences) Aquinas Hobor and other researchers found that ETH has a 0.36 percent fail rate.

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Journey of self-discovery

The Straits Times 23 February 2018

The Straits Times supplement ‘Scholars’ Choice’ featured May Tay (Class of 2017), who received the Global Merit Scholarship while at Yale-NUS. May shared that the College gave her the opportunity to fully explore her options as she needed the time and flexibility to discover what she really wanted to do.

Students' petition to use sustainable oil draws 8,000 signatures

The New Paper 22 February 2018

The New Paper carried an article on the efforts by Regina Vanda from Yale-NUS (Class of 2021) and Gauri Shukla from United World College Southeast Asia to get food companies to use environmentally friendly oil.

Going beyond 1819: How well do Singaporeans know the history of Singapore?

CNA 17 February 2018

CNA quizzed 25 Singaporeans of various ages and backgrounds on their knowledge of Singapore history. The article quoted Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong as saying that very few Singaporeans knew that Singapore had a history that preceded 1819 by at least 500 years.

5 things I did that led me to an internship at Google

Tech in Asia 13 February 2018

Tech in Asia carried a piece by Valerie Pang (Class of 2017), where she described the things she did that landed her an internship at Google, including doing nine internships, networking extensively, and founding social enterprise SDI Academy. A translated article was also carried in Viet Times.

Creative capital

The Straits Times 11 February 2018

Yale-NUS student Lloyd Koh (Class of 2021), a former Singapore Press Holdings Content Lab writer, wrote a lifestyle piece on Montreal in The Straits Times. He described how art and life in Montreal were inextricably linked, and how the culture was dedicated not to efficiency, but to celebrating creativity.

Responding to the rise of extremist populism

OUP Blog 5 February 2018

Lecturer of Social Sciences (Political Science) Benjamin A Schupmann contributed an op-ed to the Oxford University Press’s (OUP) blog on how people respond to the rise of extremist populism. Dr Schupmann recently authored Carl Schmitt’s State and Constitutional Theory: A Critical Analysis, which was published by OUP.

World Academic Summit 2018: full programme announced

Times Higher Education 30 January 2018

Times Higher Education reported the line-up of leading university speakers for the THE World Academic Summit from 25 – 27 September 2018, noting that it included Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong.

Yale-NUS undergraduates part of team that finds two theoretical physics models to be equivalent

Phys.org 28 January 2018

Bright Surf carried a press release announcing that Silvia Lara and Lai Ying Tong (both from the Class of 2018), were part of a team that found two different theoretical models of magnetoresistance to be equivalent. The research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Physical Review B in December 2017.

China’s Urbanisation Programme

The Straits Times 26 January 2018

The Straits Times’ ‘Happenings’ section, which features upcoming events in Singapore, listed a talk by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Nick Smith, who will be speaking at the East Asian Institute seminar about China’s Urbanisation Programme.

Asean, India celebrate 25 years of relations

The Straits Times 26 January 2018

The Straits Times carried an article about the summit co-hosted by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In New Delhi. The article quoted Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong on the warm relations and broad-based engagement between the two countries.

Child of mixed heritage learns Teochew opera as part of her university research paper

Lianhe Wanbao 24 January 2018

Yale-NUS student Jamie Buitelaar (Class of 2018) was featured in Lianhe Wanbao and a video on Lianhe Zaobao. For her capstone project, Jamie decided on focus on Teochew opera as she realised that it was slowly declining in Singapore.  

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East by Southeast: Three challenges for India’s ‘Act East’ policy

Business Standard 23 January 2018

Business Standard, an Indian business newspaper in English, carried an article written by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee outlining the relationship India has with Southeast Asia and the challenges India might face as China moved to assert itself more strongly in Asia and beyond.

No cause for concern over otter population in Singapore: Experts

CNA 23 January 2018

CNA did a video feature on the growing otter population in Singapore and interviewed researchers for their views on the situation. Tan Mei-Mei (Class of 2018) was interviewed saying that the otter population in Singapore is self-culling.

Commentary: He did it his way, one year into Donald Trump’s presidency

CNA 20 January 2018

CNA carried a commentary piece by Director of the Yale-NUS Centre for Teaching & Learning and Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences Nancy Gleason on US President Donald Trump’s presidency in the past year.

Does Debt Pay? China and the Politics of Investment in Sri Lanka

The Diplomat Magazine 19 January 2018

The Diplomat, an international current-affairs magazine, published an article by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee and Dr Darren J Lim from Australian National University on the sources and impact of China’s economic leverage over Sri Lanka.

Eco-campus life @Yale-NUS College

Pure Magazine 19 July 2018

PURE Magazine, published by PUB Singapore, did a cover story on the Yale-NUS College campus. The story featured MediaCorp artiste and NUS alumnus Desmond Tan, who did a photoshoot at Yale-NUS and shared his experience as a student in NUS.

Yale-NUS College Again Taps Hakuhodo Singapore for Admissions Campaign

Branding in Asia 17 January 2018

Branding in Asia, a news magazine focusing on the business of marketing and advertising, announced that Yale-NUS College has selected Hakuhodo Singapore as its collaborative partner for the College Admissions Campaign 2018. Hakuhodo previously collaborated with the College in designing the Yale-NUS College mascot, Halcyon the kingfisher.

Yale-NUS, Duke-NUS launch tie-up for liberal arts students keen to study medicine

The Straits Times 17 January 2018

The Straits Times carried the announcement on the new liberal arts and medicine pathway by Yale-NUS College and Duke-NUS Medical School. The pathway will start in August 2018 and prospective students can apply via the Yale-NUS undergraduate application. The article was also published by Lianhe Zaobao, The New Paper, TODAY and Berita Harian.

Happiness and activism in the Anthropocene

Planet Forward 9 January 2018

Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University, published an interview by Alaine Johnson (Class of 2018) and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Matthew Schneider-Mayerson on how literature, science fiction, and activism can transform the uncertainties of this dangerous era.

Three emerging young architects to watch

The Straits Times 7 January 2018

The Sunday Times interviewed three of the 20 best architects registered in Singapore under the age of 45. Among them was Ong Ker Shing from Lekker Architects, who cited the Yale-NUS campus landscape as “one of the largest and longest projects” the firm has undertaken to date.

Han Yong May: The different facets of history

Lianhe Zaobao 7 January 2018

Lianhe Zaobao carried an op-ed by Han Yong May, editor of SPH’s Chinese Newshub, on the history of Singapore in light of the recent announcement of Singapore’s Bicentennial in 2019.

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New book series on the Sikh Heritage in Pakistan

Pakistan Christian Post 7 January 2018

In an article by Pakistan Christian Post on a new book series about Sikh Heritage in Pakistan by Amardeep Singh, Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong commented that the book was “another evocative volume that brings to life the forgotten legacy”.

NUS ex-president gets uni’s highest title

The Straits Times 6 January 2018

The Straits Times reported that the National University of Singapore (NUS) has given Professor Tan Chorh Chuan – who served as its president for nearly a decade – the title of university professor, NUS’ highest academic appointment. Prof Tan oversaw the establishment of Yale-NUS College.

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Please Mind The (Curiosity) Gap

Asian Scientist 5 January 2018

The Asian Scientist carried an article by Jolene Lum (Class of 2019) discussing the Singapore education system. She noted that while it produces individuals with excellent technical competency, there may be a gap in developing students’ curiosity.

Singapore to mark 200th anniversary of Raffles’ arrival

The Straits Times 1 January 2018

The Straits Times reported that Yale-NUS President and Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong spoke at the press briefing for the Singapore Bicentennial 2019 about how the event will allow people to understand Singapore’s birth as a nation in 1965, including what shaped it and what challenges earlier generations had to overcome.

Cafe culture helps National University of Singapore hit new heights

Times Higher Education 1 January 2018

Times Higher Education (THE) published an article on the diverse dining options at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The report noted that former NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, oversaw the establishment of Yale-NUS College.

The five philosophers who will shape global politics in 2018

Quartz News 29 December 2017

Quartz News published an article on global leaders who refer to philosophers as the inspiration behind their political outlook. Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities Bryan Van Norden argued that much of China’s President Xi Jinping’s interest in Confucianism is to encourage obedience within China but that may not lead to what he desires.

Commentary: Asia’s growing impact on global higher education

CNA 28 December 2017

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, former President of National University of Singapore (NUS), wrote a commentary in CNA on notable trends and shifts in higher education in Asia. He highlighted three major developments which are reshaping the higher education sector in Asia in significant ways that look set to persist.

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Beetles’ Shiny Shells For Camouflage, Not Display

Asian Scientist 20 December 2017

Asian Scientist carried an article on Postdoctoral Fellow Eunice Tan’s research on beetle colouration. Dr Tan and her colleagues discovered that bright colour patterns of beetles are a form of camouflage. Dr Tan’s study was recently published as an open-access article in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

China builds up troop numbers close to Indian border flashpoint as soldiers prepare for first winter near Doklam

South China Morning Post 14 December 2017

The South China Morning Post reported that China has started to build its military presence near the Doklam plateau. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Rohan Mukherjee commented that as India was dominant in the region, it was necessary from China’s perspective to send reinforcements to form a balance.

New Yale-NUS president Tan Tai Yong visiting Yale

YaleNews 12 December 2017

YaleNews reported on Yale-NUS President Tan Tai Yong’s 10-day visit to Yale University in December 2017. He met with numerous Yale faculty and senior administrators, including Yale President Peter Salovey, Provost Benjamin Polak and Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences Tamar Gendler, to strengthen the relationships between Yale-NUS College and Yale.

Duo launch platform to link alumni to schools

The Straits Times 10 December 2017

The Straits Times carried an article about Yale-NUS students Daniel Ng and Cephas Tan (Class of 2018), who in September 2017 launched Youth-In-Form, a platform that links alumni with schools which do not have established or well-structured alumni associations, running talks and sharing sessions for students.

Yale-NUS graduate awarded prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

The Straits Times 21 November 2017

The Straits Times reported that Nicholas Carverhill (Class of 2017) has become the first Yale-NUS College student to be awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to further his postgraduate studies at Oxford University. The 22-year-old from Saskatoon, Canada intends to pursue a master of philosophy degree in development studies at Oxford.

Hormones Control Eyespot Size in the Butterfly Bicyclus anynana

Entomology Today 21 November 2017

Entomology Today reported on Associate Professor of Science Antónia Monteiro’s new research on butterflies. Her research team discovered sex hormones in insects regulating the size of sexual ornaments. The findings have been published in Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Yale-NUS College, Surbana Jurong collaborate on Smart City in a Campus

Berita Harian 17 November 2017

Berita Harian reported that Yale-NUS College and Surbana Jurong will work together to develop a digital plan for “Smart City in a campus”. The College and Surbana Jurong signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), witnessed by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon.

The Confucian roots of Xi Jinping’s policies

The Straits Times 15 November 2017

The Straits Times carried an op-ed by Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities Bryan Van Norden who examined Confucianism in China’s current leadership, specifically the Confucian roots of President Xi Jinping’s world view, and the relevance of understanding Confucian societies in the 21st century.

The Beijing show over, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping push their own world trade orders at Apec

South China Morning Post 10 November 2017

In a report on the APEC summit, The South China Morning Post quoted Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang saying that the messages by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reflected the domestic sentiments in their countries, and the continued strategic competitions between China and the United States.

If Beijing Can Declare Health Emergency To Control Pollution Why Can’t Delhi?

News18.com 8 November 2017

News18.com reported that Delhi’s air quality index (PM2.5) read above 600 on Tuesday. News18.com compared the situation to Beijing and cited an earlier quote by Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Angel Hsu in The Guardian.

Author clinches first and second prize in the Malay short story category at Golden Point Award

The Straits Times 7 November 2017

The Straits Times reported that Yale-NUS student Teo Xiaoting (Class of 2018), won the first prize for English poetry at the Golden Point Award, for her collection Diagnostics. The biennial award is a competition for short stories and poetry in Singapore’s four official languages.

Western philosophy is racist

Aeon 1 November 2017

Aeon carried an edited excerpt from Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities Bryan Van Norden’s book Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (2017), published by Columbia University Press. Professor Van Norden argued that mainstream philosophy ignored and disdained the thought traditions of China, India and Africa.

Improving video capabilities of driverless cars, new algorithm removes rain streaks

Lianhe Zaobao 28 October 2017

Assistant Professor of Science Robby Tan was interviewed by Lianhe Zaobao on his latest research in computer vision. Prof Tan developed a new deep-learning algorithm which is able to remove rain streaks in videos that are captured.

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Joint China-Asean naval exercise a way “to build trust”

TODAY 24 October 2017

In a TODAY article on the first joint naval exercise by China and ASEAN, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang said that the naval exercise would likely be the first practical application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea.

300 volunteers distribute groceries to needy Woodlands residents as part of Blessings-to-All Day

The Straits Times 22 October 2017

Youth representatives from Yale-NUS College were among some 300 volunteers who distributed groceries to needy Woodlands residents. The walk was part of the annual Rahmatan lil Alamin (RLA). Berita Harian added that RLA gave a grant of more than $900,000 for more than 50 community, charity, and humanitarian projects.

Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels

The Verge 19 October 2017

The Verge carried an article on how the black wings of the rose butterfly have inspired a new type of solar cell that can harvest light twice as efficiently as before. Assistant Professor of Science Vinod Saranathan said that these butterflies were still outperforming current engineering efforts.

Wound healing, calcium signaling, and other novel pathways are associated with the formation of butterfly eyespots

BMC Genomics 16 October 2017

Associate Professor of Science (Biology) Antónia Monteiro’s research on butterflies was published in BMC Genomics. Co-authored with Nesibe Özsu, PhD candidate at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, the study investigated the set of genes associated with the development of eyespot colour patterns.

90% of Yale-NUS College’s first batch of graduates found employment or were pursuing post-graduate studies

Lianhe Zaobao 14 October 2017

Lianhe Zaobao reported that about 90% of Yale-NUS College’s first batch of graduates found employment or were pursuing post-graduate studies, an increase from the 63% reported during the graduation ceremony in May this year.

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Doklam redux: Winter is coming

Business Standard 11 October 2017

Business Standard carried a piece by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee which analysed the tensions between India and China in light of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam along the China-Bhutan border.

The Growing Urgency of Youth Radicalization in Sri Lanka

The Diplomat Magazine 10 October 2017

The Diplomat carried an analysis of Sri Lanka’s youth radicalisation problem and suggested a number of possible countermeasures. Yale-NUS College was cited as an exemplary example of a transnational educational partnership, and that a liberal arts education model was better suited to counter the narrow ideologies of radicalization than a technically-oriented ‘STEM’ educations.

Learning life lessons through sweat and toil

The Straits Times 9 October 2017

The Straits Times carried a feature article on schools’ initiatives to build mental resilience and promote a positive school culture. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Paul A O’Keefe was quoted as saying that parents and teachers are the main influences of children and the kind of mindset which they adopt.

Is Singapore ready for dual citizenship?

The Straits Times 8 October 2017

Looking into Singapore’s 60 years of citizenship, The Straits Times carried comments from various thought leaders on whether Singapore was ready for dual citizenship. Yale-NUS President Tan Tai Yong opined that Singapore “may be losing good people” when Singaporeans living abroad are forced to give up their citizenship.

From hawkers to millionaires, they all queued up

The Straits Times 8 October 2017

Part of The Straits Times’ feature on 60 years of Singapore citizenship, President Tan Tai Yong gave his comments on the impact of the landmark 1957 citizenship law. President Tan noted that Mr Lim Yew Hock “was prepared to be tough with the communists”.

New voting bloc shows its clout

The Straits Times 8 October 2017

Part of The Straits Times’ feature on 60 years of Singapore citizenship, President Tan Tai Yong gave his comments on the impact of the landmark 1957 citizenship law. President Tan noted that Mr Lim Yew Hock “was prepared to be tough with the communists”.

1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly still in Doklam a month after border stand-off ended

South China Morning Post 6 October 2017

In an article examining the China-India border dispute, The South China Morning Post interviewed Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Rohan Mukherjee, among other analysts, and noted Asst Prof Mukerjee as saying that despite the disengagement of troops in Doklam, Beijing’s territorial claims and ambitions in the regions were unaltered.

China's real reasons for enforcing North Korea sanctions: Trump, Party Congress

CNBC 3 October 2017

CNBC carried an article which discusses China’s real reasons for enforcing sanctions on North Korea. The article featured comments from Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang, who noted that China will be looking for continued stability in its domestic and international affairs.

Interview with NUS president: NUS 'always looking for new ways of learning, teaching'

The Straits Times 2 October 2017

The Straits Times (ST) interviewed outgoing President of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. ST noted his comments on how NUS was constantly looking for new ways of learning and teaching, despite being Singapore’s oldest university. He oversaw the formation of Singapore’s first liberal arts college, Yale-NUS College.

A Few Lessons on Making Art for the End of the World

Canadian Art 29 September 2017

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Matthew Schneider-Mayerson was featured in an article on a recent art-and-research residency called “Banff Research in Culture: Year 2067.” For his current book project, he hoped to move the needle from happiness as a “positive psychological state” to something more to do with satisfaction and contentment”.

“India Is Our Brother, China Is Our Friend”: Navigating Great Power Rivalry in Southern Asia

War on the Rocks 22 September 2017

War on the Rocks carried an opinion piece jointly written by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee and Darren J. Lim, a lecturer at the Australian National University. The piece examined the Sino-Indian power rivalry and its implications on smaller countries in the region.

Work on shy kids' social skills, not just their poor vocabulary

The Straits Times 21 September 2017

The Straits Times (ST) reported on the study published by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Cheung Hoi Shan, which found that social skills play a bigger role than vocabulary in a child’s likability.

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What’s with Nazis and Knights?

The Huffington Post 19 September 2017

Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities Bryan William Van Norden wrote a commentary in The Huffington Post on a recent tussle between two professors who teach about the European middle ages.

Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings

The Atlantic 18 September 2017

The Atlantic carried an article on how a team at Cornell University is using CRISPR to study animal evolution, a development that Associate Professor of Science (Biology) Antónia Monteiro called “the stuff of evolution”. The article also noted that Professor Monteiro’s research interest is also in butterfly patterns.

Some Islands Will Rise: Singapore in the Anthropocene

Project MUSE 13 September 2017

Project MUSE carried a journal article by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, which focused on the impact of climate change on Singapore.

BRICS declaration: What China’s stance on terrorism reflects

Business Standard 11 September 2017

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee, wrote a commentary on the recently held 2017 (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. He discussed the 43-page declaration issued by the BRICS countries which included concern about continued terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

China Recalibrates Carbon-Trading Plan

Beijing Bulletin 6 September 2017

Beijing Bulletin carried a commentary on China’s plans to launch a nationwide carbon-trading system in November to help curb greenhouse gas emissions and quoted comments from Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu. The commentary was also carried in Radio Free Asia.

Lessons learned in tense China-India border row but it will cast a long shadow, analysts say

South China Morning Post 30 August 2017

The South China Morning Post’s article on the Sino-Indian thaw ahead of the BRICS summit carried comments from observers on the situation and noted a comment by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee who noted that the crisis had altered expectations on both sides.

How transit affects job seekers: The first and last mile to the station make all the difference

USC News 30 August 2017

USC News reported on a new research which found that the mode of transport used by people to get to their homes or workplaces could make an important difference to the jobs available to them. The paper was co-authored by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Shin Eun Jin.

Trump wants China to fix North Korea, but it isn't going to happen

CNBC 30 August 2017

CNBC carried an article on US-China relations and interviewed Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang who shared that China might be seeking to avoid a wave of refugees flooding into China, which could result from a breakdown in Pyongyang’s regime.

These Adaptations Give Insects a Survival Advantage

National Geographic 28 August 2017

National Geographic carried an article on adaptations that insects have which gave them a survival advantage. Associate Professor of Science Antonia Monteiro and Assistant Professor of Science William Piel’s research on moths was highlighted.

Forgot where you parked? Airport’s got you covered

The Straits Times 28 August 2017

The Straits Times carried an article on Changi Airport’s new Video-based Parking Guidance System (VPGS) and Assistant Professor of Science (Computer Science) Robby Tan was quoted saying that more societal problems could be solved as information could be extracted and extrapolated from this new infrastructure.

The love for Malay literature has brought youth to Yale-NUS

Berita Minggu 27 August 2017

Berita Minggu featured Class of 2021 student Muhammad Faris bin Joraimi. Faris was amongst 248 students from 45 countries who started their studies at Yale-NUS this year with more than 8,700 students applied for a place in the College, which had more than 820 students from 65 countries.

Bigger state role in pre-school education welcome

The Straits Times 25 August 2017

In an op-ed in The Straits Times, Dean of International & Professional Experience Dr Trisha Craig gave her views on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent announcements at the National Day Rally.

Trump’s Confederate Fallacies

Huffington Post 19 August 2017

In an op-ed on Huffington Post blog, Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities Bryan Van Norden discussed monuments of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and why they were erected.

Chinese Thought Process, Kids with Anxiety, Screen Cleaning

BYUradio 19 August 2017

Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities Bryan Van Norden was interviewed by Brigham Young University’s radio programme – The Matt Townsend Show – about the need for Americans to learn more about Chinese philosophy.

From pupil to teammate at the SEA Games

The New Paper 16 August 2017

The New Paper featured Benedict Chan (Class of 2021) who is representing Singapore in Squash at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. The article highlighted how Benedict drew inspiration from his coach Vivian Rhamanan, who will be playing alongside him at the SEA Games 2017.

Here’s Why China’s President is Big on Confucianism Right Now

Top of Mind 10 August 2017

The syndicated radio show Top of Mind interviewed Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) Bryan Van Norden on the importance of Confucianism to contemporary China.

Sustainable Singapore Movement: Less talk, more action needed

Eco-business.com 10 August 2017

Online news portal Eco-business.com carried a report where Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor cited Yale-NUS College’s Sustainable Solutions Network (SSN) as an example of community partners playing an important role in sustainability. The SSN is an initiative by a group of Yale-NUS students.

Making the arts a national asset

The Business Times 9 August 2017

As part of a National Day special, Yale-NUS Class of 2019 student, Tan Jia Hui, who is interning at the Business Times, contributed an opinion piece on Singapore, as well as her hopes and aspirations for the country.

Indonesian Cave Reveals Nearly 5,000 Years of Tsunamis

Eos 7 August 2017

Professor of Science (Environmental Studies and Geophysics) Brian McAdoo commented on the geological record contained within an Indonesian coastal cave. Professor McAdoo noted that the study represents the first time that cave data have been used to measure tsunami recurrence intervals.

Yale-NUS taking in record 248 students

The Straits Times 4 August 2017

The Straits Times published an article on Yale-NUS College’s fifth batch of students. The 129 Singaporeans will be joined by students from 44 other countries, with the largest number coming from the United States, India, China and South Korea.

US schools miss Chinese philosophy

China Daily 2 August 2017

The US edition of the China Daily interviewed experts on their views on the relevance of studying Chinese philosophy in US schools. The article quoted Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) Bryan Van Norden who noted that traditional Chinese thoughts have continuing relevance to Chinese culture.

Preparing our first graduates for their next step

Times Higher Education 30 July 2017

Times Higher Education published a blog post by Dean of International & Professional Experience Dr Trisha Craig on how the College prepared its inaugural cohort of graduates for their post-college pursuits.

Why the US doesn’t understand Chinese thought – and must

The Conversation 20 July 2017

Yale-NUS’ Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Visiting Professor of Humanities Bryan Van Norden wrote an article about the need for the United States to understand Chinese philosophy. This article was originally published in The Conversation and reproduced in multiple media outlets.

Seeking more flexibility

The Star Online 16 July 2017

The Malaysian media outlet republished the earlier The Straits Times article (3 Jul) on curriculum flexibility at Yale-NUS College, which noted that most students have to declare their majors only at the end of their second year.

Back Sikkim stand-off: What explains China's coercive diplomacy, The Smart Investor

The Smart Investor 10 July 2017

Assistant Professor of Social Science (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee wrote a commentary on how India should respond to China’s coercive diplomacy in Smart Investor India, India’s leading business newspaper.

NUS Commencement 2017

Vasantham  6 July 2017

Graduates from Yale-NUS College as well as the Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) and Master of Science (Business Analytics) programmes received their degrees at the first ceremony of NUS Commencement 2017 on 6 July 2017. The segment aired on Vasantham on 6 July, 8.30pm.

NUS Commencement 2017

CNA 6 July 2017

Graduates from Yale-NUS College as well as the Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) and Master of Science (Business Analytics) programmes received their degrees at the first ceremony of NUS Commencement 2017 on 6 July 2017. The segment aired on CNA on 6 July, 10.00pm.

Charity Council chairman Gerard Ee, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab get honorary doctorates from NUS

The Straits Times 6 July 2017

The Straits Times reported President of the National University of Singapore, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan’s comments at the 2017 commencement ceremonies that the pioneer batch of Yale-NUS graduates has helped NUS develop “a unique mode of liberal arts education that investigates complex issues from both global and Asian perspective.

Preserving the open society

Yale Alumni Magazine 1 July 2017

Yale Alumni Magazine reported about former Yale president Richard Levin’s speech at Yale-NUS College’s first graduation ceremony which warns of the dangers of anti-globalist populism.

Duterte, Year One

New York Times 3 July 2017

Ms Laurel Fantauzzo, Lecturer of Humanities (Writing) wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about the ground sentiments on Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, a year after he took office.

The road to flexibility in changing majors

The Straits Times 3 July 2017

The Straits Times noted that there is greater flexibility at Yale-NUS compared to other institutions as students are allowed to change their major up till the end of the second instructional week in their graduating year. Mr Chua Yao Hui (Class of 2017), a former economics major, is now a software engineer.

World insight: faculty development in a young, international institution

Times Higher Education 30 June 2017

Times Higher Education carried a commentary by Dean of Faculty Professor Joanne Roberts on the importance of mentoring, and understanding the needs of your staff.

Why Singapore’s first liberal arts college teaches a different kind of skill

GovInsider 27 June 2017

Singapore has made a name for itself on the global stage through scientific and technological innovation. But what about the other less tangible qualities, such as creativity and critical thinking? Liberal arts education is essential for innovation, Professor Tan Tai Yong, President-designate of Yale-NUS College, tells GovInsider.

Homeland Jewels: 10 Singaporean authors you should be aware of

Marie France Asia 23 June 2017

Marie France Asia featured Lesley-Anne Tan (Class of 2020), a full-time student at Yale-NUS, who is proof that age is no indication of success. Since the age of 16, she has co-authored the Danger Dan books with her mother, Monica Lim.

Ex-poly student to study at Yale as part of NUS tie-up

The Straits Times 21 June 2017

The Straits Times reported that NUS Business School student Mr Nicolaus Fernandez is among the eight students from NUS and Yale-NUS heading to Yale University for the Yale Visiting International Student Programme (Y-VISP). The article was also carried in The New Paper.

An Educated Core

Harvard Magazine 1 July 2017

Harvard Magazine noted that Yale-NUS, uniquely supported by two powerful universities and backed with unprecedented resources, may be emulated in its entirety by a few of the emerging Asian nations with the funds to invest in liberal arts.

Higher Education for a Post-Growth World

The Chronicle of Higher Education 12 June 2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education carried a feature essay by Professor of Social Sciences Michael Maniates on higher education and environmental sustainability in the post-growth world.

Will China replace the US to assume leadership in global governance?

Asia Pacific Daily 6 June 2017

In an article by Asia Pacific Daily, Lecturer of Social Sciences (Political Science) Benjamin A. Schupmann and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee gave comments on US President Donald Trump’s new foreign policies and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Why Trump’s climate decision won’t stop the world

The Hill 3 June 2017

The Hill carried comments from Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Science) Angel Hsu, on US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement.

Nearly half of Yale-NUS pioneer grads have job offers

The Straits Times 30 May 2017

The Straits Times reported that ahead of their graduation, 60 per cent of the pioneer batch from Singapore’s first liberal arts college have secured jobs or offers to pursue graduate studies.

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Founding President Pericles Lewis: Yale-NUS model of education starting to have an influential impact

Lianhe Zaobao 6 May 2017

Lianhe Zaobao noted Yale-NUS College’s Founding President Pericles Lewis’ comments that universities such as Duke-Kunshan, Ashoka, Princeton and Stanford Universities have started referencing the Yale-NUS curriculum, showing that the Yale-NUS model of education is starting to have an influential impact.

The undergrad who started a coding academy

TODAY 5 May 2017

TODAY featured the achievements by the inaugural batch of Yale-NUS graduates. From not having done any programming, Mr Sean Saito went on to set up a coding academy that has taken more than 1,000 students – from preschool to university levels – under its wings in just a year.

Yale-NUS prides itself on keeping debates civil: Outgoing president

TODAY 5 May 2017

TODAY interviewed Professor Pericles Lewis, Yale-NUS College’s outgoing president who noted that having a debate, yet keeping it civil, is a slice of Yale-NUS College that he hopes to take back to the United States, where political discourse has tended in recent times to veer into conflict.

Indigenous myths carry warning signals of natural disasters

Green Watch 1 May 2017

Green Watch featured Professor of Science Brian McAdoo, a tsunami scientist who began his career plumbing the depths of the ocean in high-tech submersibles to understand the earthquakes that triggered tsunamis.

The leadership void on climate change

Eco-Business 24 April 2017

Eco-Business featured an article by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Science) Angel Hsu on climate change being sidelined in favour of trade and national security discussions at a meeting of presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

Meatless in Singapore

The Straits Times 28 March 2017

The Straits Times featured meatless initiatives in Singapore. It mentioned that the meatless initiative at Yale-NUS was spearheaded by the Yale- NUS Association for the Protection of Animals from Cruelty. Starting in March, each of the College’s three dining halls has been serving a fully vegetarian lunch once a week.

Upcoming poetry readings in Singapore that will tell heartfelt stories of migrant workers

SG Now 27 March 2017

SG Now highlighted a recent series of events organised by a group of NUS Law and Yale-NUS students to raise awareness on issues faced by migrant workers. More than 100 migrant workers and 300 student participants and members of the public come together for the week-long event.

New president named

The Star 26 March 2017

The Star noted that Professor Tan Tai Yong has been named the new president of Yale-NUS College.

A democratic quadrilateral in Asia?

Gateway House 23 March 2017

Gateway House carried an article by Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Rohan Mukherjee, on the idea of a strategic grouping of the United States, Japan, Australia, and India.

Yale-NUS and Hakuhodo Singapore team up to create the college kingfisher mascot

Campaign Brief Asia 20 March 2017

Campaign Brief Asia reported that Hakuhodo Singapore has created a snazzy new mascot for Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts college.

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Yale-NUS College picks new president Tan Tai Yong

The Straits Times 15 March 2017

The Straits Times reported that historian Tan Tai Yong has been named the new president of Yale-NUS College. Professor Tan, 56, who is currently the College’s Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs), will assume office on 1 July.

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Human creativity needs to outsmart the robots, says Allianz GI manager

eFinancialCareers 9 March 2017

eFinancialCareers noted comments by a senior Singapore-based portfolio manager who spoke the sidelines of the Singapore Asset Management Conference, organised by students at Yale-NUS College. He said that students who want to working in asset management face a shrinking job market as technology takes over from humans.

Why international scholarship programmes are flocking to Asia

Times Higher Education 8 March 2017

Times Higher Education carried a commentary by Charlotte Evans, programme manager (leadership and global citizenship) at the Yale-NUS Centre for International & Professional Experience about East Asia’s growing significance as a hub for international higher education.

A heart for people and community

The Straits Times 24 February 2017

The Straits Times’ Scholars Choice featured Yale-NUS Global Leader Scholarship recipient Saza Faradilla, an accomplished student leader and an active community head. She chose to study at Yale-NUS because of its unique start-up culture, where students can help shape policies and rules.

World insight: a challenging time for cosmopolitan education

Times Higher Education 2 February 2017

Times Higher Education carried a commentary by Professor Pericles Lewis, founding president of Yale-NUS College, on a turbulent time for the liberal arts.

Multi-party political system in which parties align along sinister lines could ruin S’pore: Ye Kung

TODAY 24 January 2017

TODAY reported that Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Second Minister for Defence, spoke on the issue of multi-party systems, which was also touched on by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen during a dialogue with Yale-NUS students on 13 Jan.

Asia-Pacific region digests US TPP withdrawal

ABC News 24 January 2017

ABC News’ Beverley O’Connor speaks to Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Chin-Hao Huang about the implications of the US withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

First Swede to receive a prestigious award to study in China

Vasantan 18 January 2017

Vasantan reported that Ms Mollie Saltskog (Class of 2017) will become the first Swede to receive a prestigious award to study in China. She has been accepted to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive master’s degree programme at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Big Changes ahead in key rules of global order: Ng Eng Hen

The Straits Times 14 January 2017

The Straits Times reported that Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, gave an address on current global issues to more than 250 students at the Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference held at Yale-NUS College.

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The value of research in the social sciences

The Straits Times 7 January 2017

The Straits Times carried a commentary by Professor Pericles Lewis, Founding President of Yale-NUS College who opined that for better social and cultural policymaking, Singapore needs to develop its own research in the social sciences. He also shared some examples of social science research done at the College.

Understanding graphene-semiconductor Schottky contacts

Semiconductor Today 4 January 2017

Semiconductor Today reported that a team from Yale-NUS College and other institutions performed both theoretical and experimental work to validate a modified model of Schottky contacts between graphene (Gr) and two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) semiconductors.

Experiences at Yale-NUS College

El Pais 3 January 2017

El Pais reported that Maria Camila Posse Gaez (Class of 2017) will become the first Latin American graduate of Yale-NUS College.

World Insight: Building a study abroad programme that works

Times Higher Education. 27 December 2016

Yale-NUS College Dean of International & Professional Experience Trisha Craig shares her views on the changing face of study abroad programmes in Times Higher Education.

The Medaka Fish’s Fear Response: Same Same But Different

Asian Scientist 8 December 2016

Assistant Professor Ajay Mathuru’s research on fear response in medaka fish was highlighted in Asian Scientist. The way the medaka fish responds to danger could also give scientists a better understanding of panic disorders and fear in humans.

A first: Yale-NUS student wins Schwarzman scholarship

Yale Daily News 6 December 2016

Yale Daily News reported that Mollie Saltskog from the inaugural class of around 150 students at Yale-NUS College is the first Schwarzman Scholar from Yale-NUS.

Diversity 101: Let’s talk about social issues

The Straits Times 27 November 2016

The Straits Times noted that as part of its diversity and inclusion programme, Yale-NUS College started an inter-group dialogue programme in 2015 which has students discussing issues such as gender identity, ethnicity and nationality, spirituality and religion.

Citizen Science and the Case Study of Smooth-coated Otters in Singapore

BFM Radio 21 November 2016

Assistant Professor of Science Philip Johns discussed with BFM Radio – The Business Station about smooth-coated otters which have returned to Singapore a few years ago after a long absence.

The wonders of being a millennial

Berita Harian 13 November 2016

Berita Harian interviewed Izzah Haziqah Harisfadilah (Class of 2019), noting that despite being just 19 years old, Izzah’s determination in her academics and her participation in co-curricular activities are already commendable.

The US Elections 2016

The Evening Edition 10 November 2016

The Evening Edition team spoke with Lecturer of Social Sciences Catherine Sanger and Tee Zhuo (Class of 2018) to dissect the results of the US presidential election 2016.

Writing up a storm of success

Youth.sg 9 November 2016

Youth.sg reported that Lesley-Anne Tan (Class of 2020) has co-authored nine books to date and participated in numerous literary events, such as the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival, the New Word Order series at the Arts House, and the Singapore Writers Festival 2016.

Studying Alzheimer’s With Mutant Worms

Asian Scientist 3 November 2016

Asian Scientist reported that researchers at Yale-NUS College have developed a new worm strain as a model to study the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, particularly in the early stages.

Women writers here are emerging into the spotlight

TODAY 2 November 2016

19-year-old Lesley-Anne Tan (Class of 2020) who has accepted a scholarship from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, was featured in TODAY’s article on women in the local literary scene. Lesley-Anne has co-authored 11 books with her mother Monica Lim for young readers.

Yale-NUS College on sports exchange trip to National Taiwan Ocean University

Yam News 1 November 2016

Yam News reported that a delegation of 99 students and teachers from Yale-NUS College has just completed a 4-day visit to Taiwan. The delegation met with National Taiwan Ocean University, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei Medical University, and other universities for sports exchanges and to promote mutual friendship.

Science is a key part of a good liberal arts education

Times Higher Education 28 October 2016

Dean of Faculty, Steven Bernasek, wrote in Times Higher Education on how Science is an often overlooked, but vital part of the liberal arts curriculum.

New worm strain to facilitate study of Alzheimer’s disease

EurekAlert 24 October 2016

EurekAlert reported that researchers from Yale-NUS College and National University of Singapore (NUS) developed a novel Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) worm strain, which will serve as a tool for the testing of interventions against AD and to help researchers understand the disease better.

Bounded depths of rationality and implementation with complete information

Science Direct 11 October 2016

Associate Professor of Social Sciences Rene Saran published an article in the Journal of Economic Theory on a more robust theory of individual behaviour in mechanism design by allowing hierarchies of players with varying but bounded “depths of rationality”.

Eco Safe Roads

Kathmandu Post 2 October 2016

The Kathmandu Post carried an op-ed co-written by Professor of Science (Environmental Studies and Geophysics) Brian McAdoo on eco safe roads, which discussed how a primary driver of the huge rise in landslide fatalities was the increase in poorly constructed roads.

The Making of Future Citizens

WakeForest Magazine 30 September 2016

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu discussed in Wake Forest Magazine how she uses deliberative principles in her teaching.

She dropped out of law school and founded 3 startups. And she’s only 22.

Tech in Asia 28 September 2016

Tech in Asia carried a feature article on Payal Lal (Class of 2017), and her various experiences in forming start-ups.

The Sikhs in Singapore

Asia Samachar 20 September 2016

Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) Professor Tan Tai Yong penned an article on the Sikh community in Singapore for Asia Samachar.

World insight: reinventing student admissions in Singapore

Times Higher Education 19 September 2016

Executive Vice President of Administration, Ms Kristen Lynas, wrote a commentary in Times Higher Education on the unique holistic admissions process at Yale-NUS College.

Gay across the Taiwan Strait

Taipei Times 10 September 2016

The Taipei Times reviews Queer Marxism in Two Chinas, a book by Associate Professor Petrus Liu, also a J Y Pillay Fellow and the Head of Studies for Literature.

Singapore Reflections

Inside Higher Education 5 September 2016

Professor Philip G Altbach wrote a commentary for Inside Higher Education about the focus on ‘workforce preparation’ in higher education. He uses Singapore as an example of a country adopting workforce preparation programmes, such as SkillsFuture, while also offering broad-based learning in institutions such as Yale-NUS College.

Singapore is Spending Millions to Become a Capital of Creativity

Travel + Leisure 31 August 2016

Professor of Humanities (Literature) Rajeev Patke, commented on the arts culture in Singapore in Travel + Leisure.

Singapore

Nature 24 August 2016

In a feature for Nature on Singapore’s science research scene, Professor of Science (Chemistry) Steven Bernasek, Dean of Faculty at Yale-NUS College, shared his personal experiences.

PM’s US visit will cement an enduring friendship

TODAY 29 July 2016

In a commentary published by TODAY on Singapore’s ties with the United States of America, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Vivian Balakrishnan highlights the bridges in higher education, including Yale-NUS College.

7 Instagrammable buildings in Singapore to look out for

SG Asia City Online 26 July 2016

Yale-NUS College’s campus was featured in SG Asia City Online as one of the winners of the International Architecture Awards of 2016.

World insight: designing experiential learning at Yale-NUS College

Times Higher Education 24 July 2016

Dean of International and Professional Experience Trisha Craig, discussed experiential learning in higher education and the institution’s role in its effectiveness in Times Higher Education.

The world’s a stage

The Sunday Times 24 July 2016

Jake Goh (Class of 2018), was featured in The Sunday Times for receiving the bond-free Yale-NUS Faculty Scholarship which covered his tuition fees, while financial aid covered his residential expenses. Jake enrolled in Yale-NUS to pursue his passion in mathematics and science, and enjoy a liberal arts university education.

The 2009 claims that changed dynamics in the S. China Sea

The Straits Times 12 July 2016

Dr Navin Rajagobal, Director of Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer in Social Science (International Relations), examined China’s foreign policy and diplomacy vis-à-vis the South China Sea and ASEAN, and discussed various theories on China’s dramatic turnaround from foreign policy success to failure in The Straits Times.

Liberal arts education: Lessons from Singapore

The Straits Times 8 July 2020

The Straits Times carried a commentary by Yale-NUS’ inaugural Dean of Faculty, Professor Charles Bailyn who reflected on Singapore’s ‘growth mindset’ and the culture of respect for respect, and shared the lessons he learnt in Singapore that he could take back to the United States.

Should Asian Universities Offer The US-style Liberal Arts Degree?

Asian Scientist Magazine 27 June 2016

Daniel Soo (Class of 2017) wrote in the Asian Scientist Magazine on Asia’s growing openness to the American-style liberal arts education, of which Yale-NUS is proudly the pioneer of in Singapore.

Yale-NUS conference draws participants from across the United States to campus

YaleNews 23 June 2016

YaleNews reported that over 90 thought leaders in higher education from over 40 liberal arts colleges and universities around the US attended “Globalizing the Liberal Arts”, a symposium and workshop hosted by Yale-NUS College at Yale University. Participants discussed innovation in liberal arts and science education and the future of higher education.

Students get taste of liberal arts in Yale course

The Straits Times 16 June 2016

The Straits Times reported that under the Yale Young Global Scholars-Singapore Programme, 144 high school students from 35 countries got a taste of liberal arts curriculum through lectures and small-group discussions with Yale and Yale-NUS faculty and students at the Yale-NUS College campus.

World insight: liberal arts education is booming, just not in the US

Times Higher Education 27 May 2016

Yale-NUS College’s inaugural Dean of Faculty, Professor of Science Charles Bailyn discussed how his time in Asia had opened his eyes to the high regard in which a liberal arts education was still held internationally in Times Higher Education.

Innovation in international higher education: Yale-NUS experience

Daily FT 10 May 2016

Professor Pericles Lewis, Founding President of Yale-NUS College, was invited to Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Sri Lanka to discuss international higher education partnerships. In this op-ed for DailyFT, he explained Yale-NUS’ model of “liberal education”, which could lend valuable insights on education methods for Sri Lankan universities.

Yale-NUS adopts Latin honours system

The Straits Times 9 May 2016

The Straits Times reported that Yale-NUS College has become the second local institution to adopt the Latin honours system, a degree classification used by American universities such as Harvard and Yale which uses nomenclature such as summa cum laude and magna cum laude.

Fighting climate change from the ground up

Eco-Business 5 May 2016

Eco-Business noted that in a report released in December 2015, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Angel Hsu analysed more than 10,000 environmental commitments from the non-state and sub-national actors and found that these could have a significant impact on mitigating climate change.

Learn locally to think globally

Times Higher Education 29 April 2016

Dean of International & Professional Experience Trisha Craig discussed in Times Higher Education on how universities can help foster in their students a lifelong commitment to community service.

Why I love Yale-NUS

Yale Daily News 29 April 2016

Anna Evtushenko (Class of 2017) shared why she made the decision to attend college at Yale-NUS in Singapore. Anna wrote the article for Yale Daily News while attending Yale University as a visiting student.

The death of comfortable education

TODAY 29 April 2016

Angela Mei Ferguson (Class of 2018) wrote about global education today being a mindset. The essay won first place (University Category) at the International New York Times Writing Competition 2015, and was published in TODAY Online.

Track climate pledges of cities and companies

Nature 20 April 2016

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Science) Angel Hsu shared with Nature on how data transparency was key to accounting for how local governments and the private sector were contributing to global emissions reduction.

Yale-NUS College: Singapore’s first liberal arts college

EduNation 2 April 2016

In its cover story on broad-based education on Singapore, EduNation featured Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts college and carried excerpts of the speech by Yale-NUS President Pericles Lewis on liberal arts education.

Adaptation

Yale Alumni Magazine 1 April 2016

Can Yale-NUS recreate residential college life in tropical high-rise towers? Yale Alumni Magazine wrote about how the Yale-NUS campus adapted the customs of American liberal arts education to the physical and cultural differences of Singapore.

World insight: does an academic start-up live up to expectations?

Times Higher Education 24 March 2016

In Times Higher Education, Dean of Faculty Charles Bailyn discussed the challenges of an academic ‘start-up’ and asked whether a new liberal arts college really does start with a blank canvas.

Thinking deep and broad

The Straits Times 16 March 2016

The Straits Times carried a commentary by National University of Singapore President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and Yale University President Professor Peter Salovey which discussed how universities can better prepare future generations for a world of digital revolution. Yale-NUS College’s education system addresses this, by re-imagining the liberal arts and science education.

Pupils of the world

China Daily Asia 11 March 2016

China Daily Asia noted that Professor of Humanities (History) Tan Tai Yong said international exposure was essential in teaching “adaptability, flexibility, and the ability to see things from another person’s or culture’s perspective”, and that the common curriculum in Yale-NUS College was drawn from both Asian and Western “intellectual traditions”.

Singapore emerges as varsity hub

China Daily Asia 11 March 2016

China Daily Asia interviewed Yale-NUS Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) Professor Tan Tai Yong about Singapore’s growing reputation of excellence in the area of tertiary education. He shared that the aim of the College is to “create a fresh perspective in education”.

What’s new at local unis this year

The Straits Times 7 March 2016

The Straits Times noted that Yale-NUS College offers three new five-year programmes for liberal arts and science students who have set their sights on working in the fields of public health, public policy and the environment have been introduced. Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, and also a master’s degree.

Learning across boundaries

The Straits Times 4 March 2016

‘Scholars Choice’ in The Straits Times featured Stacey Yuen (Class of 2017), a Philosophy major, who was on the Yale-NUS Global Leader Scholarship. The Global Leader Scholarship was bond-free, covering full tuition and residential fees for the entire four-year programme. Stacey was grateful that the scholarship granted her freedom to choose what to pursue.

Semester at sea buoys learning for undergrads

The Straits Times 29 February 2016

The Straits Times reported that Professor of Social Sciences (Environmental Studies) Michael Maniates had taught on six SAS (semester at sea) voyages since 2001.

Paper shines light on lit and humanities at Yale-NUS

Yale Daily News 19 February 2016

Yale Daily News carried a commentary by Assistant Professor of Humanities Petrus Liu on the Literature and Humanities class in Yale-NUS. He noted that it was built on the College’s mission to provide an education spanning the East and West, and the course content was a subject of much contention among the college’s inaugural faculty members.

World insight: Banging the drum for liberal arts in East Asia

Times Higher Education 19 February 2016

Yale-NUS Dean of International & Professional Experience Trisha Craig, shared with Times Higher Education on how countries like Singapore are turning to broad-based education just as the US turns away from it.

Benefits of re-growing secondary forests explored through international collaboration

Science Codex 10 February 2016

Science Codex noted that a large international team of 65 forest ecologists from 49 institutions across 15 countries, including Yale-NUS College, has embarked on a collaborative research to show that secondary tropical forests which are re-growing after forest clearance or agricultural abandonment can sequester large amounts of carbon.

Spin dynamics in an atomically thin semi-conductor

Phys Org 1 February 2016

Phys Org reported that researchers at the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College have established the mechanisms for spin motion in molybdenum disulfide, an emerging two-dimensional (2D) material. Their discovery paves the way for the next generation of spintronics and low-power devices.

Bridging gap with migrant workers

The Sunday Times 31 January 2016

The Migrant Workers Awareness Week, an initiative launched by Yale-NUS and NUS Law students, seeks to bridge the gap between the local and migrant communities. The Sunday Times reported on this event which brought together close to 400 students and members of the public, and more than 130 foreign workers.

Global report reveals dire state of fisheries, worsening air pollution

ScienceDaily 25 January 2016

ScienceDaily reported that Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor at Yale-NUS College and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and author of the 2016 Environmental Performance Index report shared the findings that both poor and wealthy nations suffer from serious air pollution.

Singapore should continue building brand of trust, success: Balakrishnan

CNA 24 January 2016

CNA reported on the second Yale-NUS Model United Nations Conference, organised by the Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association. Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to about 1,000 students during a wide-ranging dialogue at the closing of the conference.

Strategic constraints keep risk of China-US conflict low: Expert

TODAY 14 January 2016

TODAY reported on a lecture held under the auspices of the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme at Yale-NUS College by Professor Bates Gill, Visiting Professor of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, who explained that China’s geo-strategic position was not particularly advantageous.

These 9 Singaporean Startup Founders Are Still Studying, Now What's Your Excuse?

Vulcan Post 14 January 2016

Vulcan Post reported on Rosalyn Yi Xin Teng (Class of 2018) and her friend Robin Lim both founded Made Real, a healthy snackbox which you can subscribe every month.

Paris climate agreement good for more than the environment

The Straits Times 15 December 2015

The Straits Times carried a commentary by Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences Nancy Webster Gleason who opined that regardless of the environmental implications, the Paris climate agreement has strengthen multilateralism which is particularly important for small states and those with lower levels of political influence on the international stage.

Climate change is going to make inequality even worse than it already is

The Washington Post 8 December 2015

The Washington Post reported that Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Economics) Francis Dennig, explained the findings of his paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which showed that a widely accepted theory about climate change will almost certainly have a disproportionate impact on the poor.

Community Collaboration

Pro Audio Asia 25 November 2015

Pro Audio Asia featured the arts performance venues and facilities at Yale-NUS College.

Iceland’s leader goes bird-watching on visit here

The Straits Times 14 November 2015

The Straits Times reported that the President of Iceland, His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson gave a talk at Yale-NUS College’s Performance Hall as part of the Yale-NUS President’s Speakers Series. During his talk, he addressed the topic of “Clean Energy, Climate, and the Arctic” and took questions from the 300-strong audience.

Tea and harmony: Cultural sips for kids

The Straits Times 12 November 2015

The Straits Times featured KidsAccomplish, an initiative by Yale-NUS students that leverages on the diversity of the Yale-NUS College community. It aimed to expose upper primary school pupils to the world around them, and let them discuss issues.

Yale-NUS College extends reach of liberal arts’ ‘forbidden fruits’

Times Higher Education 22 October 2015

Times Higher Education reporter Jack Grove reported on the official inauguration of the Yale-NUS College campus that reflected Singapore’s growing demand for Western-style higher education.

Perspectives from Asia on the aims of education

The Straits Times 20 October 2015

The Straits Times reported that President of National University of Singapore Professor Tan Chorh Chuan identified three major “currents” of higher education in Asia, touching on the rise of liberal arts education in Singapore and Yale-NUS College.

Are Asian students really less creative than those in the West?

Times Higher Education 19 October 2015

Times Higher Education reporter Jack Grove examines the differences between university students in Asia and the West, and touches on Yale-NUS College and the introduction of liberal arts in Asia.

US education levels ‘stagnating’ owing to poor record on minorities

Times Higher Education 18 October 2015

Times Higher Education reported that President of Vassar College Professor Catherine Hill spoke at the inaugural Yale-NUS Symposium on International Liberal Education on 11 October 2015, and discussed on how the higher education section in the US has failed to connect with growing minority groups like the Hispanic community.

American Liberal Education Is Happening in Singapore

The Atlantic 16 October 2015

President of Wesleyan University, Professor Michael Roth penned an article for The Atlantic, discussing the rise of the liberal arts in Asia after attending the Inauguration of the Yale-NUS College Campus on 12 October 2015.

Higher ed leaders attend Yale-NUS campus inauguration events

Yale Daily News 13 October 2015

Yale Daily News reported that Yale-NUS has taken major steps in its development — hosting an international conference on liberal education and officially inaugurating its new campus.

Reuniting science and the liberal arts

The Straits Times 12 October 2015

In a commentary for The Straits Times, Dean of Faculty Professor Charles Bailyn shared that it is necessary to find ways to educate all citizens, regardless of their future career paths, in the key methods and results of science.

Yale-NUS celebrates opening of its permanent campus

YaleNews 12 October 2015

YaleNews reported that Yale-NUS College celebrated the opening of its permanent campus with an international symposium and an inauguration ceremony on 11 to 12 October.

Yale-NUS College looking to recruit new deans

The Straits Times 6 October 2015

The Straits Times reported that Yale-NUS College is on the lookout for new deans. A Yale-NUS spokesperson said the College was privileged to have the inaugural deans whose verve and vision have helped shape much of the College’s curriculum and culture.

Drivers Of Change

Singapore Magazine 1 October 2015

Singapore Magazine featured students from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Yale-NUS College, who led two student-driven initiatives, the NUS Asian Undergraduate Summit (AUS) and the Yale-NUS College Asia Pacific Model United Nations (YNC-AP MUN).

Yale-NUS President’s Speaker Series: From salesman to chief of globally successful Hyflux

The Straits Times 25 September 2015

The Straits Times reported that Hyflux Founder and Executive Chairman Ms Olivia Lum spoke at the Yale-NUS President’s Speaker Series, sharing on how Hyflux overcame challenges and grew to become an internationally successful water services company today.

More undergrads taking fast track to master’s degree

The Straits Times 10 September 2015

The Straits Times reported that more university students in Singapore are enrolling in programmes that lead straight to master’s qualifications. Yale-NUS College has started offering concurrent degrees in areas such as public health and public policy.

American Writers Festival in Singapore

TODAY 9 September 2015

TODAY reported that Yale-NUS College is co-hosting the fifth edition of the American Writers Festival in Singapore, which runs from 14 to 18 September.

Asia and the future of the liberal arts

Huffington Post 9 August 2015

Huffington Post’s ‘The Blog’ highlighted how new schools like Yale-NUS could be an example of exciting experiments to rethink the centrality and flexibility of western foundations in a liberal arts education.

Exciting times at the six varsities

The Straits Times 3 August 2015

The Straits Times reported that students at Yale-NUS College, NUS’ tie-up with the Ivy League institution Yale, will start the July 2015 semester at a 63,000 sqm campus on Dover Road.

NUS: Presenting top-notch facilities for scientific research, the arts

The Straits Times 3 August 2015

The Straits Times reported that the Yale-NUS College campus on Dover Road is part of the new buildings and facilities introduced by NUS mid-2015, ahead of the new school semester.

What students today see lying ahead

The Straits Times 1 August 2015

Dominic Choa (Class of 2018), who is enrolled in the liberal arts programme at Yale-NUS College, shared with The Straits Times which factors are most important to him when considering a potential job, and how he thinks his working life will differ from that in his parents’ generation.

PSC Chairman Eddie Teo: Public service needs people from different background to handle diverse demographics

Lianhe Zaobao 22 July 2015

Lianhe Zaobao noted that national paddler and incoming Class of 2019 student Isabelle Li, was among the 75 Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship recipients and was one of the few staying in Singapore to complete her education.

Table tennis ace scores PSC scholarship

The Straits Times 22 July 2015

The Straits Times reported that Isabelle Li, a Youth Olympics and SEA Games silver medallist, was the only polytechnic graduate to clinch the Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship this year. She has enrolled at Yale-NUS College and joins the incoming Class of 2019.

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Story of SEA Games grit: Bronze-medal waterskier Kalya Kee competed against doc’s orders

Yahoo News 2 July 2015

Kalya Kee (Class of 2018) represented Singapore in the 2015 SEA Games in the sport of Waterski, despite instructions from her doctor to rest after a training accident. Yahoo covers the story of her grit and determination that eventually won her the Bronze medal.

Almost 200 students from various countries form the Class of 2019

Berita Harian 23 July 2015

Berita Harian reported that out of more than 8,500 applicants, 198 exceptional students from around the world will form the Class of 2019 at Yale-NUS College, keeping the College on track with its plans to grow its class size to 250 students over the next few years.

The rise of liberal arts colleges in Asia

Forbes 3 June 2015

Forbes reported on how Yale-NUS College is a good experiment to see whether an American style liberal arts model can survive abroad. This pioneering partnership between Yale University and the National University of Singapore is a separate liberal arts college within the larger National University of Singapore campus.

Despite setbacks, Yale-NUS campus back on track

Yale Daily News 23 April 2015

Yale Daily News reported that despite facing substantial challenges, Yale-NUS’ new campus was nearing its final stages of construction.

Male, female students in Yale-NUS can soon share suites

The Straits Times 22 April 2015

The Straits Times reported that Yale-NUS College students could opt for open housing, also known as gender-neutral housing, when the new school year starts. The option was introduced as a pilot in response to student feedback for more diverse housing options.  

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Yale-NUS, NUS and UT Austin study sheds new light on graphene

CNA 20 April 2015

CNA reported that researchers from Yale-NUS College, NUS, and the University of Texas at Austin, USA, have established a theoretical framework to understand the elastic and electronic properties of graphene. The findings were published in Nature Communications in February 2015.

Yale-NUS students hold carnival to thank construction workers

The Straits Times 18 April 2015

The Straits Times reported that Yale-NUS students from the Committee for Appreciating and Meeting People On Site (CAMPOS) organised an appreciation carnival for construction workers who have been building the permanent Yale-NUS campus.

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First Yale-NUS cohort declares majors

Yale Daily News 16 April 2015

Yale Daily News reported that the first batch of Yale-NUS students had declared their choice of majors.

Two years in, Yale-NUS sets itself apart

Yale Daily News 9 April 2015

Yale Daily News published part two of two articles that examined Yale-NUS’ evolving role in Singapore as a liberal arts college.

Yale-NUS to offer new double degree

Yale Daily News 8 April 2015

Yale Daily News reported that Yale-NUS College announced a new concurrent degree programme with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

LGBTQ activism finds home at Yale-NUS

Yale Daily News 8 April 2015

Yale Daily News published part one of two articles that examined Yale-NUS’ evolving role in Singapore as a liberal arts college.

Clues to evolution on the wings of butterflies

The Sunday Times 5 April 2015

Associate Professor Antonia Monteiro shared her team’s research on butterfly species that have colourful, concentric circles on the edges of their wings, known as eyespots, with The Sunday Times.

Does College Have a Future After All?

The Daily Beast 1 April 2015

The Daily Beast published a review of Fareed Zakaria’s essay ‘In Defense of a Liberal Education’, in which Zakaria singles out Yale-NUS College as an example of “genuine multicultural education in a college designed for a multicultural world”.

Campaign hopes for Tasmanian tobacco-free generation law

Yahoo News 20 March 2016

Yahoo reported that 10 years after Professor of Social Sciences Jon Berrick launched a tobacco-free campaign, the Australian state of Tasmania votes on passing a related law.

Harini published her poems at a young age

Tamil Murasu 11 March 2015

Tamil Murasu reported that Harini V (Class of 2018) published a compilation of her poems in a book titled Nathimisai nagarum koolankarkal. The book features the works of other Singaporean female Tamil poets as well, and is part of the SG50 celebration.

Yale Goes to Asia

Barron's Magazine 7 March 2015

Barron’s Magazine explored the distinctiveness of a Yale-NUS College education in its latest cover story.

Committees to recommend changes to Yale-NUS curriculum

Yale Daily News 2 March 2015

Yale Daily News reported that after four semesters of being in operation, Yale-NUS College’s Common Curriculum will undergo extensive review.

Yale-NUS, Yale students compare notes on organizations

Yale Daily News 26 February 2015

Yale Daily News reported that nineteen Yale-NUS students visited Yale University for a week to compare life at the University to operations at their fledgling college in Singapore.

Roots of international law in 1603 incident off Changi

The Straits Times 23 February 2015

Dr Navin Rajagobal, Director, Faculty Affairs at Yale-NUS College contributed a commentary to The Straits Times on the attack of Santa Catarina, a Portuguese merchant ship, by the Netherlands in 1603 as a prominent historical incident with lasting global repercussions that took place very near Singapore.

Digging up our history

The Straits Times 21 February 2015

Associate Professor of Humanities Derek Heng and Mr Kwa Chong Guan, Senior Fellow from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at NTU, wrote an article in The Straits Times which discussed the 30-year history of archaeological excavations in Singapore and the dilemma of redevelopment or preservation of historic sites.

Book project to highlight Sikhs’ contributions to S’pore

tabla! 30 January 2015

Tabla! reported that Professor Tan Tai Yong, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, will be chairing a panel to finalise the list of 50 individuals who will be featured in the book – 50 Sikhs And Singapore’s Nation-Building.

Yale-NUS to hold first student elections

Yale Daily News 29 January 2015

Yale Daily News reported that under the guidance of a newly ratified constitution, Yale-NUS students will host their first student government elections on February 4 and February 5.