Lim Zi Ai
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.
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)
- 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.
- 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.)
- A 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.
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!
Why NUS FASS?
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.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 FASS Inspiring Mentor Awards.
- Professor Vineeta Sinha, Department of Sociology
- Associate Professor Loy Hui Chieh, Department of Philosophy
- Associate Professor Robin Loon, Department of English Language and Literature
- Ms Loo Bee Bee, Associate Director, Department of Psychology
Launched in 2018, the annual FASS Inspiring Mentor Awards are conferred on Faculty and Administrative staff who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to mentoring their junior colleagues and whose mentorship has been especially impactful on the good conduct, performance and professional growth of their mentees.
"Mentorship is a crucial factor in retaining and nurturing quality faculty and administrative staff, and in building up a strong and cohesive institutional culture. The role that such inspiring mentors play in this, is greatly appreciated," said Professor Robbie B.H. Goh, Dean, FASS, in his announcement of the winners.
"There were a number of worthy nominees. Evidence showed that the nominees did not simply do the things which might be considered 'in the course of duty' but went above and beyond that, and really sacrificed their own time and energy for the sake of their mentees," added Professor Goh. "I hope that we will all try to do our part as mentors, and build up an institutional culture that we can all be proud of.
The winners of the inaugural FASS Inspiring Mentor Awards were: Associate Professor Serene Tan (Economics); Associate Professor Chris McMorran (Japanese Studies); and Associate Professor Stephen Lim (Psychology).
Passionate educator who believes that every student is a gem
“A well-loved and much respected educator, Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching is best known for her role in conceptualising NorthLight School to admit students with difficulties handling the mainstream academic curriculum. During her stint, she touched the lives of many students and touched the hearts of many Singaporeans,” said Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education.
Minister Chee recognised Mrs Chua, a NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Advisory Board member, at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Annual Homecoming on 19 October 2019.
Mrs Chua, received the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award for her long and distinguished career as an educator. She was amongst 39 alumni recognised by NTU for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the University and to society.
Mrs Chua served as NorthLight’s founding principal when the school took in its first batch of students for the enhanced vocational education programme in January 2007. By the end of her stint in 2011, over 80 per cent of North-Light’s students – who are less academically inclined – had completed its three-year course and many continued to pursue their education with the Institute of Technical Education. Today many of the alumni are doing well, contributing to society and making a difference to their families.
In an interview with The Straits Times, she once said: “Hope is such a powerful word for young people. Hope is not wishful thinking but confident expectation. If we have hope and put in effort towards our goal, even the impossible can be possible. For many of the students, we may not be able to change the starting of their stories but we can work with them and their families to have a new ending to their stories”.
She is currently Deputy Director-General of Education for Professional Development, and also Executive Director of the Academy of Singapore Teachers with the Ministry of Education.