The 2nd Singapore Media Conference – held on 29 November 2013 at SIM University (UniSIM) – brought together media industry professionals and media educators from the local polytechnics and universities, and key foreign media education providers to discuss the evolution of media education in Singapore.
There were three panel discussions in the conference. The first panel discussed how media education has evolved in Singapore over the years by examining if media education in Singapore was driven by local needs or global impulses and directions. The second panel discussed if Singaporeans should be exposed to formal media literacy programmes from an early age, i.e., at the primary or secondary levels; and the third panel examined whether media education at the tertiary level should be vocationalised and how this can be operationalised. The conference addressed all these issues through panel presentations, discussions and open dialogues.
This conference was jointly convened by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, the Communication and Media Studies Program in the School of Arts at Murdoch University, and the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) at UniSIM.
(From left) Dr Brian Lee, Head of Communication programme, SASS; Professor Eddie Kuo, UniSIM Academic Advisor and Director of the UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies; Associate Professor Genice Ngg, Dean, SASS; Associate Professor Terence Lee,
Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Program, Murdoch University; Professor Ang Peng Hwa, Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication, Nanyang Technological University; and
keynote speaker Associate Professor Peter Waring, Dean of Murdoch University, Singapore.