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Graduate Education



HASS International PhD Scholarship (HIPS)

HASS introduced in July 2014 a new scholarship to enable Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) to pursue an academic career in the humanities, arts and social sciences in Singapore.  The HASS International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Scholarship supports the doctoral and postdoctoral studies of local academics at top overseas universities.  These scholars will return to Singapore to teach and conduct research at NTU after completing their studies.

During the scholarship period, the scholars will be employed as NTU staff and granted paid leave of up to five years to pursue a sponsored PhD programme in an overseas university. Alternatively, the scholars can do a PhD in NTU, combined with an extended period of research in an overseas partner university.  Upon successful completion of their programme, they will be appointed as tenure-track Assistant Professors at NTU.

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Publicity on launch of the HASS International PhD Scholarship

Three Singaporeans, Benjamin Li, Yeo Min Hui and Jonathan Yeo are the first to receive the scholarship.  Benjamin is a PhD student from WKWSCI who will be pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.  Min Hui has started her Master's in Chinese Studies at HSS, and will subsequently apply to a top university in the United States to do a PhD.  Jonathan, an economics graduate from HSS who has just completed his Master of Science in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, has already accepted a place in Warwick University and will commence his PhD studies later this year. 

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Graduate Enrolment

HASS’s graduate enrolment, especially the population of PhD students, has been rising steadily over the years.  In the next few years, it is likely for us to see a drop in the enrolment in our Masters programmes. The number of PhD students, however, is expected to continue to rise.

Table 4: HASS Graduate Enrolment from AY2011 to AY2013

PROGRAMME

2011

2012

2013

MASTERS BY COURSEWORK

632

567

593

Master of Arts (Contemporary China) [HSS]

51

41

35

MSC (Applied Economics) [HSS]

0

41

65

MSC(Managerial Economics) [NCPA]

30

18

63

Master of Public Administration [NCPA]

77

12

16

Master of Mass Communication [WKWSCI]

80

84

95

MSC(Information Studies)  [WKWSCI]

132

106

81

MSC(Information Systems)  [WKWSCI]

167

172

153

MSC(Knowledge Management)  [WKWSCI]

95

93

85

MASTERS BY RESEARCH

68

65

65

Master of Arts [HSS]

53

50

51

Master of Applied Science [WKWSCI]

2

1

0

Master of Communication Studies [WKWSCI]

13

14

14

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

109

147

164

Doctor of Philosophy [ADM]

0

4

7

Doctor of Philosophy [HSS]

73

96

112

Doctor of Philosophy [WKWSCI]

36

47

45

Total

809

779

822


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Changes in the composition of the Thesis Advisory Panel, Examination Panel and Oral Examination Panel

For the past months, HASS has consulted several faculty and graduate students on their areas of concerns and how to better the College’s graduate education.  One key issue raised was the need simplify the member composition of the numerous committees required throughout a PhD candidature.  The sheer complexity has led to unnecessary delay in the examination process, which typically spanned from 7 to 9 months. 

HASS has since sought the Graduate Studies Office’s blessing to revise the composition.  The basic structure of the major Committees is now as follows:

  • Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). At least three faculty members, including (a) the supervisor, (b) 1 member from the candidate’s home Programme, and (c) third member from outside the Programme.
  • Confirmation Panel. At least four faculty members, including (a) the Chairperson, and (b) 3 TAC members (including the supervisor).  Chairperson of the confirmation panel, who is to be a senior faculty from outside the candidate’s Programme, will be appointed by the Associate Chair (Graduate Studies).
  • Examination Panel. At least four faculty members, including (a) the Chairperson, and (b) 3 TAC members (including the supervisor).  The Chairperson can be the same individual who serves as Chair on the Confirmation Panel or a different person. 


The Associate Chair (Graduate Education) Offices of your respective Schools will provide further information on these changes.

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Inaugural Training Programme for Senior Cambodian Administrators

The Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) in May 2014 launched a new programme to train senior Cambodian government officials in public administration and governance.  This new programme, a partnership with the Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, received a grant of almost half a million Singapore dollars from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation. 

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His Excellency Cheth Naren, Ambassador of Cambodia Embassy in Singapore,
and NTU senior management at the closing ceremony
of the Temasek Foundation - Nanyang Technological University
Public Administration Leaders Programme
for Senior Officials of the Royal Government of Cambodia, 23 May 2014

The first cohort of more than 30 government officials included vice-ministers and director-generals from various government agencies across Cambodia.  The two-week programme was held in Phnom Penh from 5 to 9 May 2014, followed by another week in Singapore, where the participants visited Singapore’s government agencies such as the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Housing Development Board, and JTC Corporation.

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