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NUS Business School MBA programmes ranked among the best |
The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School's double-degree programme with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) climbed up the rankings globally, according to the Financial Times' Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Rankings 2012.
Its ranking at fifth meant that it moved up from ninth place last year.
In a statement on Monday morning, the NUS said that the UCLA-NUS Executive MBA fared well in several categories, particularly in the area of salaries.
Its 77 per cent increase in post-graduation salary was higher than the average increases seen by participants of the four top-ranked programmes, it said.
Posted on : 2012-10-15
What low birth rates mean for Singapore |
If Singapore does not raise its birth rate, the number of grandchildren of today's generation will shrink by two-thirds - and will still have to support their parents and grandparents.
Apart from the increased burden tomorrow's generations will face, the shrinking citizen population will also mean a shrinking local workforce. So, while efforts are being made to get more Singaporeans to reproduce, immigrants are needed fill the gap to maintain the Singapore core.
This is the crux of the nation's population challenge as laid out by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in a speech that was delivered at the start of last night's forum, but also appeared to wrap up a debate that has dominated dialogues in past months.
In a speech to about 220 participants, he painted a stark picture of what could happen.
Posted on : 2012-10-12
Singapore soldiers gear up for high-tech Exercise Wallaby |
Singapore's soldiers and airmen are gearing up for one of the biggest and most complex unilateral war games in Queensland, Australia, scheduled to end on Nov 24.
The 65-day Exercise Wallaby will involve more than 4,300 air and ground troops, as well as some 350 war machines, including the Leopard 2SG main battle tanks and Apache attack helicopters.
Making its debut in the exercise is the army's latest armoured infantry carrier, Terrex. Some 50 Terrex "battlefield taxis" and 700 foot soldiers from the 5th Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment are being put through their paces in their first major overseas exercise since the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) declared its motorised infantry capabilities battle-ready last year.
Colonel Seet Uei Lim, who is overseeing the first of three phases of the war games, said Queensland's rugged and unfamiliar terrain will push the troops and Terrex to the limits.
Posted on : 2012-10-11
PM Lee, ministers condemn racist remarks on Facebook |
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has condemned the racist remarks made by former NTUC assistant director Amy Cheong on Monday.
Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Lee said he was "shocked to hear about this."
"The comments were just wrong and totally unacceptable," he said.
He said that while Ms Cheong has promptly apologised for her grievous mistake, the damage had been done.
"NTUC did the right thing in terminating her services," he added.
He called on Singaporeans to treat the incident as "an isolated case that does not reflect the strength of race relations in Singapore".
He added: "But it sharply reminds us how easily a few thoughtless words can cause grave offence to many, and undermine our racial and religious harmony.
"Let us all be more mindful of what we say, online and in person, and always uphold the mutual respect and sensitivity that holds our society together," he wrote.
Separately, three ministers and an MP have also weighed in, criticising the racists remarks and praising the Labour Movement for their quick action against her.
NTUC fired Ms Cheong earlier on Monday, hours after the furore began.
Earlier on Monday, Acting Manpower Minister, Tan Chuan-Jin wrote that give and take was part of life here: "We all give and take. Most live and let live. Many are proud of this colourful tapestry that we have here. This is part of what it means to be Singaporean."
Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Janil Puthucheary took the opportunity to talk about diversity. He said celebrating diversity meant more than just tolerating the neighbours or understanding other cultures.
He wrote: "It means seeing the differences amongst us as a source of happiness, wonder and joy. It means feeling the sparkle and passion that variety gives to our lives.
"It means seeking a connection at a fundamental level that connects us as humans and yet being open to the possibility of learning more, moving closer, journeying together."
Posted on : 2012-10-10
Singapore may avoid technical recession |
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hinted on Tuesday that Singapore may well avoid a technical recession with economic growth figures for the second quarter likely to be revised upwards from the current quarter on quarter contraction of 0.7 per cent.
The revised figures could be announced on Friday, when flash estimates for third quarter growth will be made public.
After it was announced that the economy shrank by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter, analysts said there was a good chance of another quarter in the red, and hence the economy entering a technical recession, which is two consecutive quarters of contraction.
But PM Lee told Singapore reporters in Wellington on Tuesday that the Q2 figures may be revised upwards into positive territory.
Posted on : 2012-10-09