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In March 2020, when it became clear that my university campus was about to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, I hastily grabbed from my office shelves my well-thumbed copies of JG Farrell’s Empire Trilogy: Troubles (1970), The Siege of Krishnapur (1973), and The Singapore Grip (1978). This was no sentimental choice on my part. …

The Seniors Go Digital programme has made good progress, with more than 16,000 seniors benefitting from the programme since it was launched in May 2020. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”) launched the Seniors Go Digital programme to help seniors embrace digitalization so that they can lead more engaged, informed and fulfilling lives. IMDA and the SG Digital Office (“SDO”) are on track …

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has disbursed S$1.5 million in financial support to assist students facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, President Subra Suresh announced the NTU COVID-19 Relief Package to provide immediate help to students facing serious financial challenges due to the global pandemic. To support the Relief Package, NTU also launched new mechanisms …

As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, there’s one thing we’re all counting on to rescue us from the drudgery of socially-distanced life: a vaccine. How many times have you heard “X won’t happen again until there’s a vaccine”? Concerts, conferences, festivals, sporting events, weddings, and anything else that entails a lot of people being in …

If you’re a passport holder in these countries, you can travel freer than anyone else. Earlier this year, Henley & Partners named the most powerful passports in the world for the beginning of 2020. Since then, much has changed given the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic which rendered the world’s mobility systems virtually paralysed. With …

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is pleased to announce that Ms Sharmaine Wu, Director of Patents, Designs and Plant Varieties Department (PDPV), has been named as World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)’s Influential Women in IP 2020. Ms. Wu led recent efforts in launching the SG Patent Fast Track, a pilot programme to accelerate …

Here’s how the assortment of pandemic response policies have altered the mobility of the people. Mobility is among the most significantly altered features of society as a result of the emergence of COVID-19. To combat the virus, national governments have taken varying responses ranging from lockdowns, establishment closures, and travel restrictions. These strategies are quickly …

The OCBC Group announced today that it has committed to hiring more than 3,000 people in Singapore this year to provide opportunities for fresh graduates and other job seekers amid the economic and employment uncertainty brought about by COVID-19. This follows an earlier pledge in March 2020 that the OCBC Group will not layoff any …

These are the countries which recorded the largest shares of outbound flows of tertiary students. More than five million students are studying abroad as of 2019. These ten countries are where most of these students come from, according to the data from the United Institute for Statistics (UIS), the official statistical agency of the United …

Grab Singapore announced a new training programme and Grab Career Support Portal to help Grab driver-partners mitigate further impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods. The training programme consists of two courses to reskill and upskill driver-partners who intend to continue driving for a longer term. It is launched in partnership with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and supported by SkillsFuture Singapore …