The Second International Conference on Well-Being 2018: Health, Work and Well-Being
On 1st and 2nd November, the School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences held the Second International Conference on Well-Being, with a focus on ‘Health, Work and Well-Being’, and it was an informative and stimulating event for all the staff, associates and students involved.
In his opening address, SUSS President Prof Cheong Hee Kiat emphasised the need for well-being research to be localised in the Singapore and regional context.
Distinguished keynote speakers Emeritus Professor Ruut Veenhoven and Associate Professor Yukiko Uchida spoke on the methodology and limitations of measuring happiness and well-being on international and local scales, while plenary speakers Associate Professor Mythily Subramaniam and Dr Elizabeth Nair, as established psychologists, each provided a practitioner’s point-of-view on positive mental health and psychological well-being.
The conference also featured oral presentation and symposium sessions by participants from over 15 countries presenting their findings on the latest research on well-being and mental health from the region and around the world.
SUSS Psychology Student Wins First Prize at Medical Humanities Exhibit
One of our Psychology students, Quinatasya Afridi, recently won first prize for her psychology inspired artwork at the Medical Humanities Exhibition.
Natasya’s artwork, ‘I Trust You with All My Brain’, explores the neurobiological roots of trust and it was inspired by her experience of going under general anaesthesia. Her artwork was recently showcased alongside a selection of artistic interpretations of what Medicine means to healthcare providers and patients at the Medical Humanities Exhibition, which was organised in conjunction with the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress from 25 to 26 Oct 2018 at the Singapore Expo.
Natasya has generously donated the physical artwork to SUSS because it is influenced by her learning journey at school. Congratulations, Natasya! We’re so proud of you!
Communications and Film Studies Student Wins a FreedomFilmFest (FFF) Grant
In May, BCMFS student Yusri “Shaggy” Sapari won a FreedomFilmFest (FFF) grant for pitching his documentary, Trailer Boys. Held in Malaysia, FFF is an annual human rights film festival that supports the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in which all member countries pledge that “No one should be left behind.”
The FFF awards small film grants to filmmakers from Malaysia and Singapore. They pitch their documentary ideas, which must have a human rights angle, to a panel of expert judges. Shaggy pitched his film via Skype in April. In May, he was awarded an SGD5,000 grant to complete the film. Shaggy received intense mentorship in terms of production consultation and was guided by acclaimed Singaporean filmmaker Lynn Lee. Trailer Boys had its premiere screening at the FFF in October. It is a heartwarming look at heavy goods vehicle drivers, a community of overlooked heroes who tirelessly support Singapore’s port and maritime industry. The film will be screened at The Projector in December!
12th World Tamil Teachers' Conference
SUSS and the Singapore Tamil Teachers' Union jointly organised the 12th World Tamil Teachers' Conference on 7th and 8th September 2018. More than 400 delegates from USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Myanmar, Mauritius, India and Malaysia attended the two-day conference. The 40 papers presented gave delegates a broad overview of Tamil Language teaching and learning in international and multilingual contexts.
Mr K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law was the Guest of Honour at the Opening Ceremony. Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education graced the Closing Ceremony. Mr Vikram Nair, Member of Parliament for Sembawang Group Representation Constituency was also the esteemed guest at the Networking event.
School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences Celebrates its New Name
The School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences (SHBS), previously School of Arts and Social Sciences, celebrated its new name on 14 July 2018.
In his address to about 250 students, alumni, associates and staff members who attended the event, SUSS President Professor Cheong Hee Kiat explained the significance of the school's new name. "With its renaming," said Prof Cheong, "the School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences will broaden its appeal and relevance, yet put a fresh and contemporary focus on human studies and human behaviour."
The continuing relevance of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences in the current tech-driven economy was broached by SHBS faculty Soe Marlar Lwin, Klaus J Templer, and Adjunct Professor Kenneth Tan in three brief talks, after which the guests witnessed a cake-cutting ceremony by Professor Cheong and SHBS Dean Associate Professor Genice Ngg, among others.
Psychology Students Win Bronze Award in the 2018 Criminal Behavioural Analysis Competition
In July, Psychology students from the SUSS student interest group "PsyConnect" participated in the Criminal Behavioural Analysis Competition (CBAC) organised by the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre. The winning team – Jereminder Singh, Bryan Chan, Firdaus Zulkfle, and Eugene Lim— put their heads together to solve a simulated murder case. Not only did they learn about psychological first aid, they also handled a hostage negotiation, and manoeuvred through a simulated terror attack at the Home Team Academy's Training Village.
Student Wins Third Prize in the National Tertiary Chinese Reading Competition
In May 2018, Loh Foong Oi, a BA Chinese Language and Literature with a Minor in Translation student, won the third prize at the 2nd National Tertiary Chinese Reading Competition. She received the award from Guest-of-Honour Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower.
The competition was organised by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL), in conjunction with World Book Day, to promote the joy of Chinese reading to the youth. For the competition, Foong Oi had to read four Chinese books and was tested on her understanding of the literature through short quizzes.