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21 AUGUST 2020 —The NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is greatly saddened by the passing of Mr Ngiam Tong Dow on 20 August 2020 at the age of 83.

A prominent alumnus of the Faculty, Mr Ngiam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with First Class Honours in 1959.  As a former civil servant of Singapore, Mr Ngiam contributed to Singapore’s economic development over four decades.

In recognition of his significant contributions to the Public Service, Mr Ngiam has been conferred various national public service awards, including the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1971, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1978 and the Distinguished Service Order in 1999.

                 Mr Ngiam Tong Dow (Economics, '59), dedicated public servant, strong supporter of NUS and FASS, and recipient of the 
                 NUS Eminent Alumni Award (2019).

Mr Ngiam was also actively engaged with the National University of Singapore (NUS).  He had been serving as Pro-Chancellor of NUS since 2000 and was the Chairman of the NUS Centennial Campaign Advisory Board in 2003.  Over and above his service to the NUS community, Mr Ngiam has also donated generously to university and FASS.  In 2006, Mr Ngiam and his family across two generations established the Mr and Mrs Ngiam Fook Quee Memorial Scholarship in honour of their parents and grandparents who had migrated to Singapore from China in the last century with nothing but the determination to work hard and succeed.

FASS presented Mr Ngiam the FASS Distinguished Arts and Social Alumni Award in 2016 for his enormous contributions to Singapore’s nation-building efforts and his strong commitment to and support of the University and the Faculty. In 2019, NUS bestowed upon Mr Ngiam the prestigious NUS Eminent Alumni Award.

Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching receives public service honours for contributions to education in Singapore

10 AUGUST 2020 — NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Advisory Board Member, Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching, was conferred the Public Administration Gold Medal at this year’s National Day Awards by the Prime Minister’s Office for her numerous contributions to education in Singapore. 

Mrs Chua-Lim is the Deputy Director-General of Education (Professional Development) and Executive Director of the Academy of Singapore Teachers Directorate at the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore. This latest award follows the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) she received in 1999, and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2017.

Her career in education spans 37 years, during which she has served as a teacher, principal and policy maker. Highlights include her leadership, as Deputy Director of the Sciences Branch of the Ministry of Education of Singapore, in the development of primary to pre-university curricula for mathematics, science, technical and physical education from 1998 to 2002, and the pivotal role she played as the founding principal of the NorthLight School, an institution offering enhanced vocational education from 2006 to 2011. She is now helming advancements in the professional development of teachers in Singapore.

At this year’s National Day Awards, Mrs Chua-Lim joins the ranks of illustrious NUS notables such as Former Deputy Prime Minister and current Senior Legal Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof S. Jayakumar, who received the highest Order of Temasek (with High Distinction) honour, and Prof Wang Gungwu, FASS Professor and former Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as well as the East Asian Institute, who was awarded The Distinguished Service Order.

Other FASS awardees include the following:

Public Administration Medal (Bronze)
Prof Lionel Wee Hock Ann, Vice Dean (Research) and Professor, Department of English Language & Literature

Commendation Medal
Ms Loo Bee Bee, Associate Director, Department of Psychology

Efficiency Medal
Ms Jane Ong Pei Hoon, Management Assistant Officer, Department of Sociology

Long Service Medal

  • Prof Ong Chang Woei, Department of Chinese Studies
  • Assoc Prof Loon Seong Yun, Department of English Language & Literature
  • Ms Sakinah Bte Yusof, Management Assistant Officer, Department of Geography
  • Ms Jasmine Sim Bee Lay, Management Assistant Officer, Department of History
  • Assoc Prof Chen An, Department of Political Science
  • Assoc Prof Irving Chan Johnson, Department of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Assoc Prof Narayanan Ganapathy, FASS Associate Dean, and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

The FASS Student Leadership Award (FSLA) recognises student leaders beyond academic excellence, and aims to reward students who demonstrate student leadership, foster experiential learning, and enhance outreach activities within FASS and/or the wider community.

The FSLA was launched in AY2014/2015 and is awarded each academic year, with values of $300 for each individual award and $500 for each group award. In 2018, a total of 1 group award and 5 individual awards were given out.

Application Period: 5 June – 3 July 2020
Award winners will be notified in August 2020.

Application process

Nominations are to be submitted by the Society, the Society Advisor, or Faculty Member. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Please send the completed nomination form and the supporting documents (detailed below) by e-mail to:          

Ms Lynn Seah
Manager (Student Support)

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Supporting Documents

  1. A write-up of the project in no more than 500 words, mentioning the following pointers:
  • Background and overview of Project – aims and objectives, innovation, collaboration with other groups, etc.
  • Impact of the Project on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and/or external community, including a clear articulation of the number of people who benefited from your initiative; how you arrived at these numbers, etc.
  • What makes your initiatives(s) stand out
  • Self-reflection on your leadership abilities and relationship management skills – e.g. the challenges you faced and how you overcame them, etc.
  1. Supporting documents to substantiate the points made in the write-up where relevant (emails, feedback or testimonials from people who benefited, publicity materials, registration lists, programme booklets, event photos, etc.)
  1. Letter of Recommendation not exceeding one page describing leadership potential, co-curricular activities and good character of the candidate with specific reference to nominee’s project or initiative.

Assessment Criteria

General Eligibility Criteria

  • The award is open to all full-time Undergraduate and Graduate FASS students and recognised FASS student groups and societies.
  • CLICK HERE for more information on eligibility criteria


Ashleigh Tan talks about the skills she has acquired as a Global Studies major at FASS. Among them: the ability to look at important issues from multiple perspectives, and maintaining an open mind as well as healthy intellectual curiosity about any matters of consequence.

Why choose to take on Global Studies?
I chose Global Studies because I was really intrigued by how you could build your own curriculum in a way where you were not constrained to only taking modules from a particular discipline. Also, having a language component (which was compulsory for my batch) was quite interesting!

I have always been generally more inclined towards the humanities so FASS was the place to be. Plus the fact that I had one year to decide on my major—that got a huge thumbs up from me, the ‘I'm still uncertain of what to study’ pre-university student at the time I made my decision to apply.

Were you apprehensive about anything when you came to FASS?
My main concern was that I really did not know what to expect from the modules: firstly, because they were so different from I had in the JC curriculum, and secondly, because the first year was mainly about taking different modules from different disciplines, which seemed kind of overwhelming in a way. But the professors that taught me and the friends that I made during those modules really helped to alleviate my concerns, and now I am definitely more confident and comfortable with the academic rigour of FASS!

Coming in, was Global Studies your intended major ?
Yes! Getting into FASS and taking Global Studies was actually one of my main motivations to do well in A-Levels.

What has been the greatest skill you've gained from class so far?
That would definitely be the ability to look at important issues and subjects from different perspectives, a skill I am acquiring from my professors and peers. Keeping an open and inquisitive mind during classes really helps me to understand more about my own thought processes and how I can better add value to discussions.

What do you intend to do after graduation?
Travel for a bit and then get a job. Well, that's my short-term plan—I’m going to take things one step at a time.

Visit NUS Global Studies to find out what it offers you today!
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