Professor Liu Hong, Chair School of Humanities and Social Sciences has these to say on the School's 10th Anniversary celebration
Dear colleagues, students, alumni, and friends,
This year has been a momentous one for HSS. The yearlong celebrations of our 10th Anniversary culminated in an international symposium, “Humanities and the Social Sciences in Asia”, which was held at the Regent Hotel. We invited distinguished scholars from renowned local and international universities to participate in the symposium, and it was attended by both academics and interested members of the public. The symposium speakers reflected on the importance of the humanities and social sciences in Asia as learning pedagogies move toward prioritizing creativity and independent thought in students.
The HSS 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner was held later that same day in the hotel ballroom. We had a great turn out — the event was attended not only by HSS staff, students and alumni but also by NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson who was our guest-of honour, NTU Provost Professor Freddy Boey, senior management from NTU, and faculty from renowned local and foreign institutions.
As technology and learning pedagogies progress, HSS continues to evolve in the way teaching and learning takes place. In this issue, we are pleased to share with you all the initiatives HSS has employed in exploring technology-enabled learning for our students. From mobile applications, the “flipped classroom”, to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), HSS faculty have utilised a wide array of learning tools to enable more in-depth and efficient learning.
The School has continued to develop vital research collaborations internationally through our research clusters. Our Humanities, Science and Society research cluster organised a two-day workshop, “Exposure and Effect: Measuring Safety, Environment and Life in Asia”, that set in place a framework for the interdisciplinary analyses of the issues surrounding nature and mankind’s exposure to industrial by-products. Workshop participants included international scholar Professor Timothy Mousseau from the University of South Carolina, who is an expert on the consequences of radiation on wildlife in Chernobyl. The event also featured the Singapore debut of A2-B-C, a documentary exploring the aftermath of radioactive fallout for children residing within Fukushima, Japan.
As technology and learning pedagogies progress, HSS continues to evolve in the way teaching and learning takes place. Professor Joseph E. Taylor III, a renowned environmental historian from Simon Fraser University in Canada, was invited by our History programme to share his work on climate study and history. His public lecture, “Things one can only see in the rearview mirror: Thinking about thinking about climate”, showed how historians have played an important role in the study of climate as the patterns of the atmospheric change have to be studied over a period of at least thirty years.
HSS has continued to improve our research capabilities. The recent completion of the Language (L) Evolution (E), Acquisition (A), and Plasticity (P) laboratory will facilitate the interdisciplinary study of language acquisition and evolution in infants and young children.
As one of the youngest Schools in NTU, we believe that our best is still ahead of us. With the collective efforts of all our faculty, staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders, HSS will strive for continued success in both education and research. I wish all of you a productive and rewarding year ahead.
Centre for Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC)
The Centre for Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC) was officially set up in April 1994, geared towards excellence in teaching and research. Since September 2003, the Centre has transferred its teaching responsibilities to the Division of Chinese and continued to strive for excellence in Chinese language and cultural issues of interest to the Chinese communities.
The Economic Growth Centre was established by the Division of Economics in 2004. The objective of the EGC is to conduct research on global economic development and underdevelopment with special reference to East Asia countries.