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Contents 02 38 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FLYING HIGH 04 62 TAKING OFF SPREADING WINGS Vision A community of learning, Founded by two great universities, In Asia, for the world. Mission Yale-NUS College, a residential college located in Singapore, aims to redefine liberal arts and science education for a complex, interconnected world. A community of learning In Asia We are a diverse group of students, faculty, Our location at the crossroads of Asia informs staff, and supporters, dedicated to building our pedagogy. Drawing on active modes of a community in which living and learning are learning associated with American liberal arts intertwined and habits of creativity, curiosity, and education, we introduce our students to the critical thinking are encouraged. Our innovative diverse intellectual traditions and cultures of curriculum integrates knowledge from across Asia and the world. the disciplines and around the world. For the world Founded by two great universities We educate citizens of the world and uphold An intimate liberal arts college, dedicated to the principles of free exchange of ideas, undergraduate education, Yale-NUS draws pluralism, and respect for diversity. Our extra- on the resources and traditions of two great curricular and residential programmes support universities. We pursue excellence through student learning and encourage an ethic of innovative teaching and research, and we service. By our example, we seek to spur provide global opportunities for our students. innovation in higher education across the globe.
Yale-NUS College at a glance 800 55 3 students student residential organisations colleges 14 1,022 majors student rooms 65 7 63,000 nationalities science laboratories square metres
02 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 President’s message In 2017, the Yale-NUS mascot, a kingfisher named Halcyon, was officially launched. Much like many of our key milestones on campus, the creation of the mascot was a community effort, with students, staff and faculty working collaboratively to design and develop it. Halcyon embodies the community ideals of Yale-NUS – Creativity, Curiosity and an Adventurous Spirit; and shortly after its launch on campus, our first batch of Halcyons took flight, metaphorically speaking, and research, education, Class of 2021, we continue as they graduated from finance, and technology and to expand the diverse and Yale-NUS College. startups. From this class, global nature of our student we also had our first Rhodes body, which now stands at The graduates hailing from Scholar Nicholas Carverhill over 800 students. the Class of 2017 are a and Schwarzman Scholar special group. Representing Mollie Saltskog. I am proud The process of renewal some 20 nationalities, the of the achievements of our applies not just to our students are diverse in pioneer batch and hope this students, but also to the terms of backgrounds and will spur the current and College leadership as we remarkable in terms of future batches of Yale-NUS seek to redefine liberal arts achievements. They hold students on. and science education for multifarious viewpoints, but this century. In 2017, we have one thing in common As our first batch of students bade a fond farewell to our – a pioneering spirit and a left the nest, we welcomed founding president, Professor desire to make a difference. our fifth class in 2017. With Pericles Lewis, who returned Within a few months of 250 students hailing from 45 to Yale University after graduation, over 90 percent countries, the Class of 2021 completing his five-year of our inaugural cohort is our largest intake to date. term. Professor Lewis had secured jobs, fellowships or Singaporeans continued to been instrumental in leading university places to pursue make up the largest pool of the College to a remarkable graduate studies. The students. For the first time, number of milestones since graduates who received job students from Uzbekistan, his appointment in 2012. I offers moved into a variety Cambodia and Paraguay am grateful to him for laying of sectors, such as the public were also represented, such strong foundations for service, consulting, science amongst others. With the the College. As I take up the
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 03 mantle to lead Yale-NUS in its our vision to be a community community will enable next phase of development of learning. Students and future generations of needy and growth, a key theme of faculty will give feedback Yale-NUS students to fully my presidency is to nurture to SJ on its smart facilities benefit from their time spent an ethos of service in our management solutions, at the College, without having students. Our College must and faculty will contribute to worry about financial be a place that prepares its their research expertise to obligations. graduates for active roles translate research findings in civic life. It is also an into real world technology As the College grows, we institution where curricula solutions for meaningful will see more batches of and courses challenge their outcomes. In the year Yale-NUS graduates spread imagination and develop their ahead, we will also continue their wings as they embark civic competencies, while to evolve our curriculum on challenges in various co-curricular activities offer through partnerships with fields, in different corners opportunities to engage in Duke-NUS Medical School of the world. Their time as public work. This remains and the National University Yale-NUS undergraduates a key part of our mission. of Singapore (NUS) School might have ended but we From the many outreach of Computing to meet the are confident the connection activities that students, staff needs of our students and with the College will not. and faculty organise and build connections between In the year ahead, we will participate in annually, I am the study of science, social continue to strengthen our confident that this ethos of sciences and humanities, with connections with our alumni service will find a permanent training in professional fields. – via networking events, place in the Yale-NUS DNA. career and graduate school Looking back on the year advising, and continued We must also build into our just past, I am particularly access to campus facilities belief system a commitment grateful to our friends and and resources – so our to innovation and the spirit to stakeholders who have graduates know that find new ways of doing things supported us over the years. Yale-NUS is a place they can better. This must permeate On behalf of the College, always call home. all aspects of life at Yale-NUS, I thank all our donors and including the curriculum, friends of the College, as As we continue to press research and student well as staff and faculty on, we look forward to your experience. Embodying how for their generous gifts. In support in helping us take our campus lives up to its 2017, 91 percent of students Yale-NUS to greater heights. mission as a community of from the Class of 2017 learning, we have partnered participated in their Senior with Surbana Jurong (SJ) to Class Gift campaign. This is prototype a new generation a high benchmark which I Professor Tan Tai Yong of smart city technologies hope all succeeding classes President at the Yale-NUS College will try to achieve and even Yale-NUS College campus. This partnership is outdo. The generosity of our an exciting one that reflects well-wishers and the College
TAKING OFF Section Title here Header here 2017 was a milestone year for Yale-NUS. We celebrated the graduation of the College’s inaugural class of students in May, as they spread their wings and took off on exciting new journeys. The year also marked several achievements by students and faculty, ranging from sports awards to groundbreaking research, as well as the unveiling of the College’s ceremonial mace.
06 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Yale-NUS’ inaugural class graduates Minister Ong Ye Kung (right), speaking at the Yale-NUS College Graduation Ceremony 2017. Graduation marks not only an end, but also a beginning. Among the inaugural class of Yale-NUS College students, many embarked on careers in the private sector or in public service. Some also took up prestigious fellowships, while others chose to further their education in graduate schools globally. The journey of our pioneer cohort was celebrated at Yale-NUS' inaugural Graduation Ceremony on 29 May 2017. In total, 119 graduates were founding of the College. and Second Minister for presented to Dr Tony Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister Defence, graced the event Tan Keng Yam, then- for Education (Higher and gave a speech to the President of the Republic of Education and Skills) graduating cohort. Singapore and Chancellor of the National University “Your graduation marks the coming of age of of Singapore (NUS) at the the College, as it does the turning of a chapter ceremony. in your lives. Keep your sense of adventure, fearlessness and perhaps even some of that The graduation speaker was Professor Richard C Levin, youthful foolishness. Live life passionately, and Chief Executive Officer of be ready to make a difference. Leave that distinct Coursera and President Yale-NUS mark wherever you might venture.” Emeritus of Yale University, - Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and who played a key role in the Skills) and Second Minister for Defence
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 07 At the ceremony, Founding with their families, staff and President of Yale-NUS faculty on 28 May 2017, College, Professor Pericles forging final memories on Lewis addressed the class campus before they headed and shared, “As the pioneer out to new pathways cohort of Yale-NUS College, outside of college. the intrepid students of the Class of 2017 have Graduates donned a The College mascot, chosen to be the trailblazing graduation gown that Halcyon the Kingfisher, participants in shaping our included a sash designed by was officially launched community of learning Natalie Tan (Class of 2017). in February 2017. The as we seek to redefine The orange adornment name Halcyon was liberal arts and science featured a batik-inspired print derived from Greek education. I am confident of the College’s mascot, the mythology and is that Yale-NUS graduands kingfisher. The elements usually identified with will be differentiated by their and colours of the gown a generic grouping creativity, communication incorporated elements from of various kingfisher skills and problem-solving NUS and Yale University in breeds. Chosen as acumen, enabling them to their hood and sash colours a representation navigate today’s diverse respectively. In addition, of the ideals of the and challenging work the use of the hood and Yale-NUS community environment.” sash reflected the gowning – Youthfulness, practices at both institutions. Creativity, Curiosity and The graduates also took part an Adventurous Spirit in a Class Day celebration – these kingfishers can also be found nesting in Singapore, even though they are considered rare in Asia. Halcyon reflects Yale-NUS College’s location and its commitment to develop a community of learning that is based in Asia, for the world.
08 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Leaving the nest: the inaugural batch of Kingfishers and their next steps Living the corporate life machine learning and data experiences had prepared science tools to streamline her for the modern corporate Upon graduation, Chua Yao user experience. workforce, and broadened Hui (Class of 2017) joined her perspectives for a career local start-up Carousell, May Tay (Class of 2017) with a global focus. known for its popular entered the world of fashion mobile classifieds app, as through her employment Social impact careers a Software Engineer on its at Swedish clothing retailer Core Marketplace team. H&M’s Business Trainee As a Psychology major, Daryl Yao Hui, a Mathematical, programme. Under this Tan (Class of 2017) hoped to Computational and Statistical programme, she will rotate understand the motivations Sciences (MCS) major, was to different offices within behind volunteerism and attracted by the company’s the company, from the philanthropy in order to innovation, start-up culture, global buying office in encourage more of it in a and social mission. He Stockholm, Sweden, to a meaningful way. A recipient began putting his skills production office in Asia and of the Singapore Industry to use by supporting then a sales office in Europe. Scholarship (SgIS) with the Carousell’s company- An Environmental Studies National Council of Social wide effort to incorporate major, May felt her college Service (NCSS), he joined
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 09 social service organisation major, Joyan is slated to in a team that supports the South Central Community teach secondary-school professional development of (SCC) Family Service Centre History and Social Studies the arts sector, contributing as a research assistant. In upon completion of her one- towards the formulation his position, Daryl looks at and-a-half-year stint at NIE. of policies and strategies how children from low- She said her Yale-NUS and the implementation of income families are coping education helped her to programmes to strengthen with school, and studies learn to focus on doing the professionalism of the how transformational what she enjoys, rather sector. As a member of the outcomes like housing or than just pursuing grades pioneer class, Hamid found education may influence — something she hopes to that the painstaking process a family's journey out impart to her students in of creating a community at of poverty. the future. Yale-NUS College provided him with the skills necessary Psychology major Ho Yan Arts and Humanities major to negotiate between often Lin (Class of 2017) entered Hamid Roslan (Class of conflicting visions, which the healthcare sector, 2017) started serving his will allow him to contribute joining the Institute of scholarship bond with the towards creating a local Mental Health (IMH) as a National Arts Council (NAC) arts community that is as Management Associate. Yan upon graduation. He works inclusive as possible. Lin felt that her experience working for the Yale-NUS peer-counselling student organisation, P.S. We Care, provided her with valuable lessons on how to appreciate the joys of providing mental health support and resources to others. Scholars in the public sector Joyan Tan (Class of 2017), a scholar with the Ministry of Education, taught at Hua Yi Secondary School for a few months before continuing her studies at the National Institute of Education (NIE) for a Postgraduate Diploma Joyan Tan (Class of 2017). Image provided by Joyan Tan. in Education. A History
10 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Fellowships Princeton in Asia (PiA), a in Cognitive Psychology well-established organisation and Neuroscience at Yale Literature major Isa Ho that offers fellowships and University after graduation. (Class of 2017) was accepted internships with Asian host Joan started conducting into the New York University organisations in areas such research as early as her first (NYU) Shanghai Writing as education, public health, year in Yale-NUS – a rare and Speaking Fellowship environmental sustainability, opportunity for students programme. Working and economic development. in many undergraduate out of the NYU Shanghai Though based in Yangon, institutions – which prepared Academic Resource Center, Tara will be travelling her for the research-heavy she conducts one-on-one throughout Myanmar demands of a PhD. She also writing consultations and to provide professional discovered her passion for delivers workshops that development in English to teaching through conducting help students improve their rural-based staff of Proximity ballroom dancing classes for academic skills in close Designs, a social enterprise her classmates at Yale-NUS reading, public speaking and that offers affordable, College. time management. Over innovative technology to the span of the ten-month- improve rural farmers’ For Rohan Naidu (Class of long fellowship, Isa plans to agricultural practice. 2017), his decision to pursue work on her own novel and a PhD in Astronomy could refine her personal long-term Graduate schools and be traced to a class taken at aspirations. beyond Yale-NUS College. A Physical Sciences major, Rohan Tara Dear (Class of 2017) Psychology major Joan was inspired by Professor started a year-long work stint Ongchoco (Class of 2017) Charles Bailyn, the College’s in Myanmar as a Fellow with began pursuing a PhD inaugural Dean of Faculty, after attending his seminar on black holes. Rohan started his PhD programme at Harvard University after graduation, and was credited as first author in a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal in September 2017. Clarissa Leong (Class of 2017) is pursuing a Master degree in Public Administration at Columbia University in New York. An Urban Studies major and a Tara Dear (Class of 2017). Image provided by Tara Dear. recipient of the Singapore Government Scholarship
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 11 (Open) from the Public Developer at SAP Software his Yale-NUS education Service Commission, Solutions Asia, Sean is for building his ability to be Clarissa expressed interest involved in researching and adaptable and flexible, and in enacting positive change developing machine learning preparing him to work and in Singapore through software. He also founded assimilate into diverse and policymaking. She chose to Code Gakko, a start-up that dynamic environments. pursue a graduate degree provides affordable computer in public policy with the programming education to After interning with aim of developing a more students in Singapore and leading financial services specialised set of skills to Manila. company Credit Suisse in be better equipped to enter her last summer in College, Singapore’s civil service. Upon graduation, Manas Economics major Erika Punhani (Class of 2017) Terrones-Shibuya (Class of Global talents, local joined leading global 2017) was offered a full-time residents management consulting position as an Equities Sales firm Oliver Wyman as a Analyst in the Investment Mathematical, Computational consultant in its Singapore Banking Global Markets and Statistical Sciences major office. Manas, who majored division, covering regional Sean Saito (Class of 2017) in Economics, applies his Asia while being based in was one of many international analytical skills to interview Singapore. Erika felt that alumni who have based clients and experts, gather the College’s Common themselves in Singapore and analyse data, and Curriculum honed her ability after graduation. Employed conduct relevant research to examine issues from a as a Machine Learning for the firm. Manas credited multidisciplinary perspective. Sean Saito (Class of 2017). Image provided by Sean Saito.
12 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Voices of the Class of 2017 “Being part of the first class of Yale-NUS brought out the do-er in “Yale-NUS College me, as I had the opportunity to found has exposed me to clubs, pioneer initiatives and actively people who do not support the ongoing project of Yale-NUS. only offer criticisms, My life really transformed as a result, and but try to suggest I continue to seek challenges and ways to changes and build reinvent myself for the better.” the solutions.” - May Tay - Ho Yan Lin “When I was thinking about what role I could play in the social services with a degree in Psychology from a liberal arts college, my main interest was to do research in the behavioural sciences to understand how to develop and improve policies that encourage volunteerism and philanthropy in a meaningful way.” - Daryl Tan
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 13 Research opportunities for pioneer graduates A unique aspect of the experiences that began in Mathematical, Computational Yale-NUS curriculum is the summer of her first year and Statistical Sciences capstone project, a year- when she was awarded a major Dylan Ho (Class of long, self-directed project Social Impact Fellowship by 2017) decided to embark on within their major, which all the Centre for International a unique and creative project students undertake with the & Professional Experience for his capstone. Called guidance of Yale-NUS faculty (CIPE) to teach photography ‘Yale-NUS GO’, Dylan’s and other subject matter at a children’s home in project drew inspiration from experts in their final year of Hanoi, Vietnam. the augmented reality game study. Through working on Pokemon GO. their capstones, students “There were many questions hone the disciplinary and I had left unresolved upon “My capstone was a little intellectual skills necessary leaving Hanoi, after teaching ambitious, and quite different to dive deep into a specific photography there for two from others. While many area of interest and engage months. How does memory seniors wrote papers or did with research in their work? How do I remember research and investigations, discipline. The pioneer batch a place? Do I have a right I created a new augmented of Yale-NUS students, who to claim some sort of reality game for Yale-NUS graduated in May 2017, belonging, as a foreigner, students to play within the undertook many unique to a city I feel an affinity Yale-NUS campus… capstone projects. with? I also constantly One thing I wanted wonder what had become of Yale-NUS GO to be able An Arts and Humanities the children I worked with – to do was for students to major, Aleithia Low (Class if they have learnt enough to go on adventures with of 2017) decided to use move beyond the village and friends to foster a greater her capstone project to lead a self-sufficient life,” sense of community on reflect on her international Aleithia reflected. campus.” Aleithia Low (Class of 2017). Image provided by Aleithia Low.
14 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Anthropology major Maggie 20,000 pieces of bio-data employers, and agents, my Schumann (Class of 2017) found that many domestic capstone explains why many studied the implementation workers, particularly first- domestic workers do not of Singapore’s 2012 timers from Indonesia and request or obtain a weekly regulation of rest days for Myanmar, did not utilise the day off and concludes by migrant domestic workers weekly rest days. suggesting changes to for her capstone. According the regulation so that all to Maggie’s research, “Through a total of 40 domestic workers have previous quantitative qualitative interviews meaningful access to a research that examined over with domestic workers, weekly day off.” Concurrent degree programmes On top of their capstone programmes at the Lee of Public Health. These projects, some students Kuan Yew School of Public five-year programmes are continued their independent Policy, Yale School of designed for students who research goals by pursuing Forestry and Environmental wish to pursue careers in concurrent degree Studies, and Yale School public policy, environmental Chua Wan Ping and Xie Yihao (Class of 2017).
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 15 studies or public health, and different professors were look at data, my background each programme provides all inspiring and exposed in qualitative research students with accelerated to me how multifaceted highlighted to me the graduate training in these environmental issues are.” significance of looking at fields of academic and the data in different professional interest. Benjamin Leong, who contexts.” majored in Philosophy, Environmental Studies major Politics and Economics, Chua Wan Ping (Class of was one of the students 2017) was selected as one in the inaugural class for of the first two students the Concurrent Degree to attend the Concurrent Programme with Lee Kuan Degree Programme (CDP) Yew School of Public Policy with Yale School of Forestry (LKY School). and Environmental Studies (Yale F&ES). “I was interested in a career in the civil service “As my career goals started and had taken up an becoming more solidified, internship at a government it seemed like the CDP ministry. Policymaking was would fit well in giving me also an area of personal the skills that are relevant interest for me…One to my career plans. It would benefit from this course also give me an international is a better understanding perspective on sustainability of government operations issues through my and what possibilities there connections with professors are for individuals and for and classmates there.” future change,” Benjamin explained. Environmental Studies major Xie Yihao Another student in the (Class of 2017) is also CDP with LKY School was attending the Yale F&ES Li Nanlan, who majored CDP. “Introduction to in History. “My training in Environmental Studies was history prompted me to one of the best courses I think more about how one have taken and was what policy decision may impact really drew me into the individual lives in many major. The subsequent different ways. While courses that I took from policy analysis tends to
16 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Institutional milestones The year marked several institutional firsts for Yale-NUS as we unveiled the College mace, welcomed our new president and senior faculty, and bade a fond farewell to our founding president. The Yale-NUS College ceremonial mace The Yale-NUS College Born out of a partnership ceremonial mace was between Yale University unveiled in November 2017. and the National University Like Yale-NUS’ distinctive of Singapore, Yale-NUS 1 melding of the best of brings together established East and West, the mace liberal arts traditions of the incorporates both Western West and the intellectual and Asian elements. and cultural traditions of Designed in Singapore by art Asia, to form a unique consultancy Asian Palette model of liberal arts and Pte Ltd, the woodwork was science education. Like the carried out by Al Ik Kan distinctive Yale-NUS Designs, a woodcrafting curriculum, the mace 2 business in Georgia, USA. incorporates both Western and Asian elements, The Yale-NUS College mace combining facets of each drew its inspiration from the to form a connected and Yale-NUS mascot, Halcyon unified whole. the Kingfisher, and the three 3 wood species representing the Yale-NUS residential 1. Halcyon the Kingfisher represented in abstract colleges – Cendana, Elm bronze sculpture. and Saga. The residential 2. Metalwork inspired colleges bear the names of by batik floral motifs and the intricate wood trees significant to Asia and carvings of Asia. 4 the United States. Saga and 3. Saga. Cendana are native to Asia, 4. Cendana. while New Haven is popularly 5. Elm. known as the ‘Elm City’. 5
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 17 New President for Yale-NUS College fosters senior leadership renewal On 1 July 2017, Professor Tan Tai Yong took office as Yale-NUS College’s new President, following an extensive global search. Prior to the appointment, Professor Tan served as the College’s Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) since 2014, overseeing the academic and co-curricular aspects of the Yale-NUS liberal arts experience. Under his leadership, the Yale-NUS faculty has nearly doubled in size, comprising outstanding teachers who are also respected researchers in “I have long held the conviction that the best their fields. way to prepare students for a rapidly changing workplace and an increasingly complex world Professor Tan took over is to develop in them the capacity for reason, from Founding President reflection and independent critical thinking. Professor Pericles Lewis, And, in an interconnected world, the ability who completed his five- to appreciate differences through greater year presidency term and returned to Yale University understanding of diversity is a particularly to serve as Vice President critical attribute.” for Global Strategy and - Professor Tan Tai Yong, President Deputy Provost for International Affairs. After earning a First Class Provost (Student Life). Honours degree from the During those years, he was Deeply involved in Yale-NUS NUS and a PhD in History one of the key architects of College since its founding from Cambridge University, academic and student life days, Professor Tan served Professor Tan has made programmes at University as the co-chair of the joint important contributions to Town. A noted historian of Yale University and National research and scholarship. South and Southeast Asian University of Singapore Over his two decades of history, Professor Tan was (NUS) committee that administrative service at the founding Director of hired the inaugural faculty NUS, he served in leadership the NUS Institute of South members in the humanities roles such as the Dean Asian Studies and served and helped shape the of the Faculty of Arts & as a Nominated Member of common curriculum in 2011. Social Sciences and Vice Parliament in 2014.
18 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Thank you Founding President Founding President “Our faculty and staff have been instrumental Professor Pericles Lewis in establishing a broad range of subjects and took office at Yale-NUS in high quality international learning 2012 and began realising programmes… Coupled with the residential the College’s vision of programme, I am also proud that this led to building a community of learning. During his term of a mindset of continuous learning beyond the office, the College recruited classroom walls. This model has established over 100 faculty from a good reputation worldwide and garnered leading global colleges and much attention from prospective employers.” universities; designed an - Professor Pericles Lewis, Founding President international curriculum that has received widespread attention and interest; and Professor Lewis returned Vice President for Global enrolled four classes of to Yale University in New Strategy and Deputy Provost students. In June 2017, Haven, USA, to serve as for International Affairs.
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 19 New faculty take the helm leading Yale-NUS’ development The process of leadership take it to new heights, A new Dean of Faculty renewal has continued, bringing with them fresh was appointed on 1 June with talented senior faculty perspectives from their 2017. Professor of Social joining the College to diverse expertise. Sciences (Economics) Joanne Roberts took over from renowned chemist and Professor of Science, Steven Bernasek, who went on to take a larger role within the College as Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs). Since joining Yale-NUS in July 2015, Professor Bernasek has been involved in the planning and annual review of the Science Division and the review of the Common Curriculum. An esteemed public economist, Professor Professor Steven Bernasek, Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs). Roberts was previously Associate Dean of Faculty (Faculty Development) at Yale-NUS before moving on to her new role. Before joining Yale-NUS College, she taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary. Professor Roberts has served as a member of the executive of the Canadian Economic Association, President of the Canadian Economics Women’s Network, and a co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics. Professor Joanne Roberts, Dean of Faculty.
20 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 From left: Professor Stephen Pointing, Director of Science Division; Professor John Driffill, Director of Social Sciences Division. Following the promotion of also been Specialist Advisor Professor Pointing shared Executive Vice President to the House of Lords Select that the strong heritage Bernasek and Dean Roberts, Committee on the European of the College’s founding two professors were Union, Subcommittee A on universities, Singapore’s appointed Directors for the Economic Affairs, for inquiries strong commitment to Science and Social Sciences into the Euro and the Stability science and technology, Divisions. and Growth Pact. and its vibrant multicultural society were compelling Professor Stephen Professor Pointing factors for his move to Pointing, an environmental specialises in the Singapore and Yale-NUS. scientist, was appointed application of microbiology as the Divisional Director to environmental issues, Both Divisional Directors of Science, while Visiting and served as Director of work closely with each other Professor John Driffill took the Institute for Applied and Professor Rajeev Patke, up the baton from Professor Ecology at the Auckland Director of Humanities Jane M Jacobs to helm the University of Technology. Division. The interdisciplinary Social Sciences Division. He was the winner of a nature of the Yale-NUS Teaching Excellence Award curriculum provides multiple Prior to joining Yale-NUS in and an Outstanding Service opportunities for the three 2016, Professor Driffill was Award from the University divisions to work in synergy. the Head of Department of of Hong Kong, where he Economics, Mathematics and was previously an associate Statistics at Birkbeck College, professor in the School of University of London. He has Biological Sciences.
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 21 Welcoming the Class of 2021 On 11 August 2017, the Yale-NUS College community welcomed 250 new students into the Class of 2021, marking the College’s largest intake to date. Representing 45 nationalities, including students from our usual mainstays like India and the United States, and for the first time, countries like Uzbekistan and Paraguay, the Class of 2021 was the College’s largest and most diverse intake to date. The students were formally “Your views will take shape and they will be welcomed to campus at the tested, as they should be, in the cut and thrust annual First Year Assembly, of seminar debates, over the course of reading the culmination of a two- and studying, during conversations with your week orientation programme lecturers, your peers and friends.” designed to allow first-year students to explore Singapore - Professor Tan Tai Yong, President
22 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 and learn more about the the event as the Guest- (Academic Year 2016/2017) College and its close-knit of-Honour. The Assembly Saza Faradilla (Class of 2018), community. This year’s was also attended by the nominated faculty speaker orientation programme College’s administration and Associate Professor Andrew was themed ‘Take Flight’, faculty, as well as family M Bailey, and Dean of representing the College’s and friends of the incoming Students Christopher Bridges. readiness to soar to greater students. heights after marking In his concluding remarks the milestone of its first The Class of 2021 was treated Dean Bridges had these warm graduating class. to the warm speeches of words of assurance for the Yale-NUS College President first-years, “Remember that Then-President of the Tan Tai Yong, then-Director although it is your journey, all National University of of Admissions & Financial of us in this room are with you. Singapore (NUS) Professor Aid Laura Severin, President I look forward to sharing your Tan Chorh Chuan graced of the Student Government good company along the way.” CLASS OF 2021 SIBLINGS ON CAMPUS For some students, their peers are not their only family on campus; their siblings are too. Hailing from the Class of 2021, Boden Franklin is the brother of Anne Caroline (Kei) Franklin (Class of 2017). Boden and his family lived in Senegal, Boden Franklin (Class of 2021, left) with his sister Kei (Class of 2017, right). Image provided by Robbie Short. West Africa for many years, an experience which inculcated in him the strong participate in experiential liberal arts curriculum was value of cross-cultural learning that engages with the most relevant to her experiences to widen one’s alternative world views. passion and curiosity in horizons. Motivated by pursuing a deeper and Kei’s experiences at the Nyang Bing Pei (Class of broader understanding College, Boden enrolled at 2021), the sister of Nyang Bing of international relations. Yale-NUS so that he could Lin (Class of 2018), was also She was drawn to the move out of his cultural influenced by her older sister’s open conversations and and social comfort zones, positive experience at the discussion-based learning experience non-western College. An avid follower of that Yale-NUS encourages, and non-American- world affairs, Bing Pei found that as well as the exposure to centric perspectives, and the College’s interdisciplinary diverse backgrounds.
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 23 Celebrating achievements Yale-NUS College students have been making waves with their various achievements – from wining prestigious scholarships and participating in challenging competitions around the world, to presenting at international conferences. Yale-NUS’ first Rhodes Scholar In November 2017, founding President of the oriented education. I am Nicholas Carverhill (Class Yale-NUS College Debate proud to represent Yale-NUS of 2017) was named a Society, which allowed him College, and the many other 2018 Rhodes Scholar. The to spend considerable time communities that have Rhodes Scholarship is a supporting and working made it possible to receive postgraduate award given to with debate initiatives and this scholarship – it is the exceptional students from programmes in about a dozen investment that others have around the world to study countries. made in me that truly made at the University of Oxford, it possible.” with the aim of nurturing On receiving the Rhodes public-spirited leaders of the Scholarship, Nicholas said, He intends to pursue a future. An Urban Studies “I am immensely grateful Master of Philosophy in major, Nicholas managed an for the opportunity to further Development Studies at undergraduate global affairs my studies in a programme Oxford, which he feels will online publication, and was the dedicated to service- give him the methodological and theoretical dexterity to work in collaboration with different communities. Nicholas was also a fellow in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) programme, a programme that encourages stakeholders in education to explore and share ideas, and contribute towards creative action in education today. In September 2017, Nicholas, together with Image provided by Nicholas Carverhill. Sebastian Cortes (Class of 2018) and Charlotte Evans, “After my fieldwork experiences from courses Programme Manager, Centre taken at Yale-NUS, I feel called to work with for International & Professional vulnerable communities on issues related to Experience (CIPE), received urban politics.” places in the prestigious - Nicholas Carverhill (Class of 2017) programme.
24 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 APRU – NYT Asia-Pacific Case Competition 2017 Over the summer of 2017, Stephanie Chee (Class of Stephanie addressed her five Yale-NUS students 2019) clinched the first policy to Australia’s Minister clinched honours in the runner-up position in the solo for the Environment and inaugural Association of category, while the group Energy, and highlighted the Pacific Rim Universities consisting of Feroz Khan, impact of climate change – New York Times Kaushik Swaminathan, Peter on its coral reefs and the (APRU-NYT) Asia-Pacific Lewis (all from Class of prospect of climate refugees Case Competition 2017. 2018) and Guadalupe Lazaro fleeing from other island Students from 12 nations (Class of 2020) clinched a nations into Australia. and territories, and 31 top 10 position in the group Feroz, Kaushik, Peter and universities participated in segment. Participants were Guadalupe’s essay discussed the competition, which was tasked to assume the role the impact of Singapore’s judged by senior university of a policy advisor to a food system on the climate leaders from member respected political leader, and the oceans, as well as universities of APRU and and submit a brief policy on Singapore’s vulnerability staff from The New York the complexities of climate to future climate-induced Times. change, focusing on the shocks to its food system. future of the Pacific Ocean. From left: Peter Lewis, Kaushik Swaminathan, Stephanie Chee, President Tan Tai Yong, Guadalupe Lazaro and Feroz Khan.
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 25 Google Techmaker Scholarship awarded to Yale-NUS student In July 2017, Chandler Beyer (Class of 2020) was selected as one of 90 students from the Asia-Pacific region to be conferred the Google Women Techmakers Scholarship. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students were chosen from a strong pool of applicants. The scholarships were awarded based on the strength of each candidate's impact on diversity, their Chandler Beyer (Class of 2020) at the Google Women Techmakers leadership abilities and retreat. Image provided by Google. academic background. As part of the scholarship, where she connected with and participated in a Chandler attended a week- fellow scholars, networked number of social events and long retreat in Seoul, Korea with Google employees workshops. Yale-NUS student wins bronze and gold medals at SEA Games debut Benedict Chan (Class of 2021) won the bronze and gold medals in the Doubles and Men’s Team events respectively at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, which was held from 19 to 30 August 2017. This was Benedict’s debut in squash for Team Singapore. He Benedict Chan (Class of 2021) competing at the 29th SEA Games. picked up the sport when he Image provided by Benedict Chan. was just 13. overcome their Filipino rivals in squash for Singapore – On 29 August 2017, he and in a closely fought encounter the first in 22 years. his teammates managed to to win a historic gold medal
26 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Yale-NUS students recognised for contributions to pro bono projects Image provided by The Military Justice Project. Students in the Double Bachelor of Laws (with pro bono legal services, Degree Programme (DDP) Honours) degree from the Daniel was given the Special in Law and Liberal Arts Faculty of Law, National Recognition Award while read law at the Faculty of University of Singapore Amelia received the Pro Law at NUS and liberal (NUS). Bono Leadership Award. arts at Yale-NUS College at the same time. This In 2017, Daniel Ng (Class Upon matriculation at programme provides an of 2018) and Amelia university, Daniel joined the interdisciplinary legal Chew (Class of 2017) Military Justice Project, an education in a residential, received awards from the initiative at the NUS Faculty liberal arts setting, and NUS Faculty of Law for of Law that aims to provide students graduate with both their work in pro bono accessible legal assistance to a Bachelor of Arts (with projects. To recognise their servicemen in the Singapore Honours) degree from commitment and passion Armed Forces. He also Yale-NUS College and a towards providing quality started the Military Justice
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 27 Project – National Police legal education workshops accessibility of law-related Cadet Corps (NPCC) Basic called ‘Law & You’ for foreign resources. Cephas Tan Criminal Law Programme to domestic workers. The (Class of 2018), worked with educate secondary school aim was to empower them Koh Wei Jie (Class of 2017) NPCC cadets on military law with an understanding of to develop Uppercase, an in an engaging manner. their rights and of the law in innovative platform which Singapore. increased the accessibility of Amelia, who served as parliamentary debates and Publicity Co-Head of the NUS Besides community speeches. Pro Bono Group, worked service, some students also with the team to organise looked into improving the Melody Lau (Class of 2018, right) at the 2017 Asia Cup International Moot Court Competition. Image provided by NUS Law Mooting and Debating Club. In August 2017, DDP student Melody Lau (Class of 2018) and her team emerged champions of the 2017 Asia Cup International Moot Court Competition held in Tokyo, Japan. Melody and her teammate Joel Sherard from NUS Law were named joint Best Oralists for the competition. The competition was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as well as the Japanese Society of International Law.
28 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Presentations at international conferences Yale-NUS students have had the opportunity to work closely with professors and peers on important research projects, and make academic contributions in areas as varied as Singapore history to safety and digital security technology. The students presented their own research in international academic arenas, which broadened their perspectives in their field of interest. This exposure also provided hands-on experience in presenting research Yale-NUS students at Oxford University. Image provided by Karen Ho. arguments to an academic audience and connected them with like-minded peers in academia. project titled ‘Another symposium was a great way Singaporean Song: Xinyao to deepen her understanding Three Yale-NUS students and National Identity in on various histories and – Karen Ho (Class of 2017), Singapore’. It looked at debates in Singapore. Min Lim (Class of 2018) and how the music movement Ng Qi Siang (Class of 2019) dialogued with the Qi Siang presented on the – presented their research government’s attempts to de-emphasis of colonial on Singapore history at a impose a national narrative, violence in Singapore’s symposium organised by and how Xinyao (a genre history textbooks, a topic Trinity College at Oxford of songs that is unique to that he first developed an University in February Singapore), in response, interest in during his Modern 2017. Titled ‘Conversations influenced and articulated Social Thought class, which in Singapore History’, the the people’s conception of is part of the Common one-day symposium aimed national identity. Curriculum. to bring together different academic disciplines to Min’s presentation present diverse perspectives focused on the defensive on the history of the country. structures of 14th century Temasik, which is the Karen, a History major, earliest-recorded name for presented on her capstone Singapore. She said that the
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 29 Yale-NUS faculty In 2017, Yale-NUS faculty continued to reach new heights not only in research and teaching, but also in their contributions to the College’s innovative curriculum, co-curricular programmes and residential life. The faculty at Yale-NUS, unlike at many higher educational institutions, is not organised into traditional academic departments. To promote interaction between faculty members of different disciplines and to encourage a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, faculty work in three interdisciplinary divisions, namely, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences. Pursuing excellence in research and scholarship Research is one of the key pillars of Yale-NUS College. Yale-NUS faculty members actively contribute to the academic advancements in their fields through publishing to share their knowledge and research with the world, in line with the College’s mission of reinventing liberal arts and science education for a complex, interconnected world. The books by the Yale-NUS faculty members also demonstrated the multidisciplinary research for Neurotechnology Yale University Press and that they engaged in. (SINAPSE) and the US Princeton University Press, Air Force Research among others. In Academic Year Laboratories. 2016/2017, faculty members Faculty members also work received external grant They have published in top closely with students to funding from organisations journals, and as well as books generate quality research, such as Singapore’s Ministry with top academic presses giving our undergraduates a of Education, Ministry of such as Columbia University head start in graduate-level Defence, Singapore Institute Press, Palgrave Macmillan, research.
30 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Our students, with guidance for ignoring philosophy relevant to the challenges from faculty, published and in the East Asian, South faced by liberal democratic presented their work in the Asian, African, Islamic states today. area of species succession and Indigenous American in secondary forests at the traditions, and called for Two literature professors 54th Annual Meeting of educational institutions published their first the Association of Tropical to live up to their books in 2017: Associate Biology and Conservation cosmopolitan ideals. Professor of Humanities in Yucatan, Mexico, in July Geoffrey Baker published 2017 and in the area of Associate Professor of Social The Aesthetics of Clarity ‘innovation mindset’ at the Sciences (Sociology and and Confusion: Literature Singapore Conference on Public Policy) Anju Mary and Engagement since Applied Psychology in June Paul published Multinational Nietzsche and the Naturalists 2017. Papers co-written by Maids: Stepwise Migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) faculty and students were in a Global Labour Market while Assistant Professor published in peer-reviewed (Cambridge University of Humanities Andrew journals such as the Journal Press, 2017), based on her Hui published The Poetics of Developmental Biology rigorous study of more than of Ruins in Renaissance and Physical Review B. 1,200 subjects’ migration Literature (Fordham trajectories to reveal how University Press, 2017). Professor of Social these migrants worked in a Assoc Prof Baker’s book Sciences (Urban Studies) series of overseas countries traced the ongoing debate Chua Beng Huat’s book to improve their lives. Assoc between literary realism Liberalism Disavowed: Prof Paul also published an and experimentalism from Communitarianism and State edited volume of essays the 19 th century through the Capitalism in Singapore (NUS written by her students on 20 th century, while Press, 2017) examined the spaces of globalisation in Dr Hui’s book argued that rejection of Western-style Singapore entitled Local the Renaissance was more liberalism in Singapore and Encounters in a Global City appropriately a “Ruin- the way the People’s Action (Ethos Books, 2017). naissance” – the birth of Party forged an independent the ruin as a category of non-Western ideology. Lecturer in Social Sciences cultural discourse. (Political Science) Benjamin Kwan Im Thong Hood Schupmann published Cho Temple Professor Carl Schmitt’s State and Bryan Van Norden’s book Constitutional Theory: A Taking Back Philosophy: Critical Analysis (Oxford A Multicultural Manifesto University Press, 2017), (Columbia University Press, in which he explored Carl 2017) argued that Western Schmitt’s response to the philosophy departments Weimar crisis and showed are indefensibly narrow how Schmitt’s findings are
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 31 Research Highlights Alarm response found in Schreckstoff – triggers fear in discovery, scientists were medaka fish fish by warning it of a nearby unable to use non-invasive danger. Dr Mathuru found methods to study fishes Assistant Professor of that while the medaka fish outside of the superorder Science (Life Sciences) also has an ‘alarm response’, Ostariophysi that exhibited Ajay Mathuru discovered it reacts in a different an alarm response. that the medaka fish, a way from the zebrafish popular model animal for – by playing dead. Since The discovery also has laboratory research, has both species of fish are implications for improving an ‘alarm response’ to a laboratory-friendly to raise the understanding of fear type of semiochemical and possess characteristics and panic in other animals, (message-bearing chemicals such as a translucent skin including humans, since that carry information from and skull when young, the organisation of fear one animal to another) researchers are able to study circuitry could be similar. released when a fish of the activity of neurons in Dr Mathuru’s research was the same kind sustains a their brains by non-invasive published in late 2016 in physical injury. Considered methods of imaging and Scientific Reports, an an anti-predator mechanism, compare their neural online, open-access this semiochemical – responses. Prior to this scientific journal.
32 YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 Deep-learning technology removes rain streaks Assistant Professor of Science (Computer Science) Robby Tan and his team of researchers employed a deep-learning method to develop an algorithm that detects and removes rain streaks from video footage. Using more than 10,000 images to ‘train’ the computer system, Dr Tan’s algorithm allows cameras used in technologies remove the impediments In July 2017, Dr Tan presented such as driverless cars caused by rain and other bad his findings at the IEEE and surveillance cameras weather conditions such Conference on Computer to deliver clear images as haze and fog, and found Vision and Pattern Recognition even during bad weather that the results through (CVPR), a leading conference conditions. Dr Tan previously deep-learning were the most for cutting-edge research in used various methods to effective. computer vision. Building social an effective buffer against the research are particularly communication skills in the presumed language relevant to families who live shy children helps with disadvantage. This suggests in Singapore’s multilingual peer likeability that parents should consider environment, as the study placing more emphasis on included local bilingual or A study by Assistant developing a shy child’s trilingual preschoolers. Professor of Social Sciences social communication skills, (Psychology) Cheung Hoi instead of only looking to Her paper was co-authored Shan discovered that shy expand their vocabulary. with Associate Professor children with low English John Elliott from the vocabulary skills could The study involved 164 pre- Department of Psychology still be popular among schoolers between 52 and at the National University their peers, if they have 79 months old in Singapore. of Singapore’s Faculty of high-functioning social Dr Cheung also found that Arts and Social Sciences. It communication skills that the more shy a child was, the was published in the British enable them to engage and more pronounced the effect Journal of Developmental interact well with their peers of social communications Psychology. in social settings, serving as skills. The implications of
YALE-NUS COLLEGE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 33 Beetles’ bright colours used for camouflage instead of colour patterns of live leaf warning off predators beetles in relation to their host plants, and spent 17 months photographing 51 species of live beetles in 32 locations across four Australian states, in order to contextualise the colour patterns of beetles to their natural habitats. Her study concluded that there was a complex suite of factors driving natural selection, which affect the evolution of colouration in leaf beetles. A study by Postdoctoral the evolutionary relationship Dr Tan collaborated with Fellow Eunice Tan between the different beetle four other researchers and discovered that the bright species, Dr Tan discovered the study was published as colour patterns of beetles that different species of an open-access article in were not a warning signal beetles had colour patterns the peer-reviewed journal to predators as previously similar to those of their host Frontiers in Ecology and believed, but actually a form plants. Evolution. of camouflage, turning an old assumption on its head. Dr Tan was the first After taking into account ecologist to examine the Assistant Professor Nozomi Naoi receives Takehisa Yumeji Award On 4 March 2017, for her contributions to The exhibition showcased Assistant Professor of Yumeji studies in English the Yumeji collection of Humanities (Art History) language scholarship. She Nihon no Hanga museum in and Georgette Chen received the award with her Amsterdam owned by Elise Fellow Nozomi Naoi co-author, Sabine Schenk, Wessels. The accompanying was recognised by the for curating an exhibition exhibition catalogue marked Takehisa Yumeji Studies ‘Takehisa Yumeji: Artist of the first English-language Association (Takehisa Romance and Nostalgia’ held scholarship dedicated to Yumeji Gakkai) in Japan in Amsterdam in 2015. Yumeji and his body of works.
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