The Department of Social Work at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences today announced the establishment of a new award to encourage social innovations that can make a positive impact on communities in ASEAN countries.

Known as the ASEAN Social Impact Award, this initiative is a partnership with the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund, Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and Ashoka Singapore, and is supported by the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund. The long-term goal of this award is to build communities of social innovators who work together to transform society and design new ways for communities to be more entrepreneurial, productive and connected. The award will also convene philanthropists committed to collective action for community betterment in the ASEAN region.

Inspired by the selfless drive of Singapore’s Father of Charity Dr Ee Peng Liang in uplifting communities in need and supporting causes that make a lasting change, the Award, in its first year, will be in honour of the late Dr Ee and his charitable contributions.

Dr S Vasoo, Associate Professorial Fellow with the Department of Social Work, NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Chairman of the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund Committee, said, “The late Dr Ee Peng Liang was always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy and the disadvantaged, and he firmly believed that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. His lifelong commitment to advancing human development in communities in need is an inspiration to all of us.”

“Through this new award, we want to celebrate the many good works of the men and women who embody this selfless spirit and to also inspire social innovations that provide sustainable solutions to address challenges face by communities in need and, in turn, help build an inclusive society for all in the ASEAN region,” Dr Vasoo added.

Mr Stanley Tan, Chairman of APC, and Chairman of the ASEAN Social Impact Award committee, said, “APC is delighted to support this award. Asian philanthropists would like to see and support Asian leaders in social innovation, so that we may share and spread best practices across the region. While we copy many models from the West, there are also many successful programmes in Asia that we should help to scale and replicate.”

The ASEAN Social Impact Award

The ASEAN Social Impact Award will recognise individuals, who have a strong drive and vision to resolve social issues and create positive social impact in their respective communities in ASEAN countries.

To be considered for the award, candidates’ organisation would need to fulfil three key criteria: benefitted the disadvantaged community in the ASEAN region; achieved a demonstrable scale of impact, and in operation for at least three years.

Candidates and their initiatives would also be assessed based on social impact, entrepreneurial quality, innovation quality and sustainability. The candidate’s area of work can include sectors such as:

  • Economic development
  • Migrants
  • Environment
  • Health and nutrition
  • Ageing
  • Learning and education

Three winners will be selected, and each winner will receive a cash prize of up to S$50,000 to further scale the impact of their work.

Applications are open until 15 July 2017. For more details on the award and the application process, please refer to https://www.ashoka.org/en/story/asean-social-impact-awards.

Currency Manipulation

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 4-5:30 pm
Lecture Theatre 52, University Town, NUS

The U.S. Treasury department is required twice a year to determine whether any country is a "currency manipulator" - whether the country is engaging in foreign exchange market intervention in order to favorably affects its currency value to the detriment of the U.S. The Treasury has not found China to be a currency manipulator, but the president-elect has vowed to give China that designation, which might then allow the U.S. to impose trade sanctions. Professor Engel will discuss how one might determine whether a country is manipulating its currency, the difficulties of making such a determination, and the case of China in particular.

Charles Engel is Donald Hester Professor of Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is in the area of international macroeconomics and international finance. He is also Research Associate, NBER; Research Affiliate, Research Centre for International Economics, City University of Hong Kong; Advisory Board, Center for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis; Senior Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; International Research Fellow, Kiel Institute; on Council of Advisers, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research; and serves on the BIS Advisory Panel.

Admission is free. All are welcome. RSVP @ https://goo.gl/HEiu08.

Official launch and panel discussion of Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore, 1819-1911 by Professor Kenneth Dean and Dr Hue Guan Thye

Chinese Epigraphy in Singapore is the history of Singapore's Chinese community carved in stone and wood: in the epigraphic record of 62 Chinese temples, native place associations, clan and guild halls, from 1819 to 1911. These materials include temple plaques, couplets, stone inscriptions, stone and bronze censers, and other inscribed objects found in these institutions. They prove first-hand historical information on the aspirations and contributions of the early generation of Chinese settlers in Singapore. Early inscriptions reveal the centrality of these institutions to Chinese life in Singapore, while later inscriptions show the many ways that these institutions have evolved over the years. Many have become deeply engaged in social welfare projects, while others have also become centers of transnational networks. These materials, available in both Chinese and English translation, open a window into the world of Chinese communities in Singapore. These cultural artefacts can also be appreciated for their exceptional artistic value. They are a central part of the heritage of Singapore.



Kenneth Dean is Professor at the Asia Research Institute and head of the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.

Hue Guan Thye is a senior research fellow at the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.


NUS Press is selling this book at S$220 with free local delivery. All sales will be in cash.

For NUS staff and students, NUS Press will offer 25% discount if they purchase copies only at NUS Press.

We would like to invite you to participate in the SG100 COMPASS ‘Think Future’ Policy Forum series. As a participant, you will get to listen to a series of policy proposal presentations by youth leaders who have undergone 8 months of policy workshops and mentor guidance. A robust discussion will then ensue with the expert panel, you, and the student presenters. This aims to broaden your understanding of the policy issues Singapore face today and how they can be solved from a youth perspective. At the end of the forum, a dialogue with a minister will ensue.

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