A journey of social work in Singapore and the Department of Social Work at NUS.


Social Work students may apply for the Concurrent Degree Programme offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The Concurrent Degree Programme (CDP) allows students to concurrently pursue a Bachelor's Degree with FASS and a Master's degree with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


The Ann Wee NUS Social Work Alumni Award was launched at the FASS 85th Anniversary Dinner, to recognise NUS social work alumni who have made major contributions to social work education and practice.


The S R Nathan Professorship in Social Work was established by the Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2012 to honour Mr S R Nathan, who was the 6th President of the Republic of Singapore and former NUS Chancellor, as well as an eminent alumnus of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The aim of the Professorship is to support the long-term goal of promoting social work education and encouraging research among scholars in Singapore and Asia on issues related to social development, poverty and asset building.


Students, faculty members, alumni and representatives from the social work community gathered to celebrate the department's 60th anniversary, marking the occasion with a symposium, the launch of the S R Nathan Professorship in Social Work, and the unveiling of the book Ebb and Flow: 60 years of Social Work Education in Singapore.


We were involved in the Singapore International Foundation's project to assist in the development of social work in Vietnam. Two members of the staff were invited to assist in the needs assessment for social work education in Outer Mongolia under a project initiated by Asian Outreach Singapore.


The Ministry of Education approved the new Master of Social Work which admitted the first cohort of students in August AY2011/12.


The previous Master of Social Sciences changed its curriculum and became known as Master of Social Work.


The Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund awarded a scholarship for a graduate student with outstanding academic capability and community engagement.


We submitted a proposal for a new Masters of Social Work that includes specialization in community/family and health care social work practice.


Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam officially launched the Centre for Social Development (Asia).


A training scholarship was provided by Ministry of Community Development, youth and Sports and the National Council of Social Service to students studying social work.


We relocated from Block AS6 to our present offices at Block AS3.


The Department of Social Work and Psychology was separated into two departments within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

2001 - 2003

We partnered with Singapore International Foundation to transfer skills and knowledge to senior social welfare workers in Myanmar.


Our golden anniversary was celebrated on 19 October. A symposium 'Remaking Social Work: Issues and Challenges" was held while the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund was launched at the anniversary gala to honour the late Dr Ee.


We co-organised the 16th Asia-Pacific Social Work conference in August 2001 to bring together social work educators, researchers and practitioners.


A fourth-year Honours degree in social work was included in the social work degree course at NUS.


Henderson Community Home for Senior Citizens was established by a team led by Dr S Vasoo from the Department of Social Work and Psychology.


The first Family Service Centres in Singapore were set up.


Mrs Ann Wee was appointed Head of Social Studies Department.


The university became University of Singapore.


The Department of Social Studies was established at the then University of Malaya. Miss Jean Robertson, Mr A.F. Wells, Miss Beryl Wright and Dr Ahmad Ibrahim led the department.

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