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Greater Good

At SUSS, success isn’t measured by how far you climb, but how far you take society.

That’s why we’re tackling real issues affecting all of us. 

Whether it’s about ageing population, gender inequality, excess waste, or social injustice, you can be part of the change.

Tackling an Ageing Population

More Singaporeans are living longer, but the birth rate remains low. As our population rapidly ages, there will be greater burden on our healthcare system and working-age Singaporeans to support the growing silver generation. But besides building more elderly-friendly facilities and encouraging active ageing, what more can be done? Join us as we empower you to make real social change.


How is SUSS Making an Impact?

SUSS is actively exploring ways to support the ageing community. From inventions that help seniors with their daily living, to programmes that encourage inter-generational understanding, our students and lecturers are inspired to create a future society that is both caring and inclusive.

Initiatives & Activities


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The SUSS gerontology department in collaboration with Ang Mo Kio Community Centre and Sport Singapore, opened the first ActiveSG gym for the elderly on 13 July, 2019. The gym was officially launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Researchers are using it as a platform to study the preferences of the elderly when it comes to exercise. The project will also look into ways to encourage the young and old to exercise together and strengthen the bonds across generations.



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SUSS Master of Gerontology student, Wendy Hoy, wrote a thesis to do a research evaluation on "GoodLife Makan" Community Kitchen under Montfort Care. This programme targets stay-alone elderly in the Marine Parade area, empowering them to plan and cook their own meals. 

With her research, she hopes to demonstrate the impact of the community kitchen staff morale, and provide useful information for the stakeholder to understand the success of the community kitchen. 

The radiation therapist and an allied health professional who plans and administers radiation treatment to elderly cancer patients shares: "The knowledge from the Gerontology programme filled the gaps I face at work, enabling me to prepare for the increasing demand to meet the needs of this group of patients."


On 23 February 2019, SUSS signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on various initiatives to better understand and support the needs of the growing silver generation as well as their caregivers. The MOUs also aim to encourage active ageing and intergenerational bonding.


(from left) Ms Lim Lee Nor, Chief Financial Officer, Changi General Hospital; Dr Lee Chien Earn, Chief Executive Officer, Changi General Hospital; Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of SUSS; Ms Margaret Lee, Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth Community Hospitals; Ms Marianne Au, Director of Finance, SingHealth Community Hospitals; and Professor Tsui Kai Chong, Provost of SUSS, at the MOU signing ceremony.


The first MOU with Changi General Hospital and SingHealth Community Hospitals serve the Singapore society through healthcare innovation, research and education in the areas of gerontology and caregiving. 




(from left) Mr Philip Chan, Secretary, Ang Mo Kio Community Centre Management Committee; Mr Teng Soon Teh, Vice-Chairman, Ang Mo Kio Community Centre Management Committee; Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of SUSS; Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Singapore; Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chief, ActiveSG; and Professor Tsui Kai Chong, Provost of SUSS; at the MOU signing ceremony.

The second MOU is with People’s Association and Sport Singapore (@myActiveSG) to bring together and synergise key capabilities and capacities in promoting active ageing.

Dr. Helen Ko, senior lecturer in gerontology at SUSS S R Nathan School of Human Development (NSHD), shared in her commentary to The Straits Times about how Singapore employers should ditch ageist attitudes towards older workers.



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SUSS Gerontology faculty and alumni welcomed students from the Education University of Hong Kong as part of their exchange programme.

Senior lecturer Dr. Helen Ko shared her research findings on the engagement of older workers, while Dr Tan Yeow Kee, lecturer of the GeronTech module, inspired the students with his passion as founder of a local startup which invented sensors to aid seniors.

Mr Sng Hock Lin, Chairman of the Gerontology Alumni, shared his enriching experience as a student of the Master of Gerontology programme, and the role of the Gerontology alumni as an advocate, and to serve seniors and society. 




Thanks to the Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation (MSIWF), our PhD in Gerontology student, Amberyce Ang, was awarded a research grant at the 12th MSIWF Research Grant Awards 2018 ceremony last on 21 February 2019. 

With this grant, Amberyce will conduct research into community support for integrated dementia care in Singapore. With inputs from caregivers and professionals caring for People with Dementia (PWD), Amberyce's study aims to understand and propose recommendations on how the community can be effectively integrated to provide support for PWDs.

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Programmes & Courses

The SUSS S R Nathan School of Human Development (NSHD) is dedicated to the applied study of inherent human potential across a broad spectrum of social disciplines. The School’s teaching and research encompass the range of factors influencing the abilities of the individual, the family and the community.

Have a passion to make an impact on society? These selected programmes and courses can help to empower you. 


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