"The Arts and Social Sciences are important disciplines … I think it would be a disaster if the Arts and Social Sciences were left behind. They play a very important role if you want Singapore to have an intellectually stimulating environment. We need good historians, social scientists, and people well-versed in the humanities…"
Tharman Shanmugaratnam Minister for Education
“We must ensure that all our students are able to think beyond narrow fields of specialization, whether they be engineers or accountants. Every student should have a grounding in the humanities. It will help them develop an ability to deal with ambiguity, and situations where there is no right answer.”
Professor Peter Coclanis Associate Provost for International Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Indeed, in some specialized areas - Southeast Asian Studies, most notably, - the Faculty is already one of the pre-eminent research centres in the world."
Ee Khong Lean Southeast Asian Studies and Chinese Studies Graduate
Management Associate, HSBC
"FASS has broadened my perspectives through an inter-disciplinary approach in education. I learned to look at issues and solve problems from various angles. The versatility and adaptability that I learned have proved to be indispensable in today's world. It was with these qualities that I successfully led the NUS Mount Everest Team to the top of the world."
Darryl David English Literature and Sociology Graduate
Media Lecturer and Media Consultant
"Besides giving me an unforgettable insight into the splendid beauty of the human soul, spending four years in the FASS has also allowed me to develop the social skills that are so crucial in today's business world. Media professionals always need to be aware of the needs of their target market and the psyche of their audience and I am thankful that the Faculty has provided me with a solid foundation on which to build my media career."
Aw Yaomien English Literature and Sociology Graduate
Entrepreneur, Chippy British Take-away
"My undergraduate career at the FASS has taught me to think creatively and to break boundaries, enabling me to excel professionally by coming up with novel ideas and tackling tough issues with confidence."