Ten USP students will travel to Tehran on a programme led by USP faculty Prof Syed Farid Alatas. The programme aims to acquaint students with various aspects of Iranian civilisation, with particular emphasis on the relationship between Iran and the West in the areas of philosophy, literature and the social sciences. Organised jointly with the Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, USP students will be hosted by their Iranian counterparts.
USPerspectives is a platform where USP students can come together to have conversations about what matters to them. In this session, they will be discussing on the topic "Love and Relationships".
In this new USP Lecture Series, we have Computer Scientist A/P Terence Sim from NUS School of Computing to share with us on “Getting Computer to See”. Cameras are everywhere, recording images of everyday life. But computers still don't understand very well what these images contain. Image understanding is the core problem in computer vision, and it is a much harder problem than meets the eye (pun intended). This session will give an overview of the different sub fields in computer vision, the progress so far, and why you should learn computer vision.
All USP students are encouraged to attend this session. Registration is open to all NUS community.
Read more about the talk and speaker HERE.
USPolymath is a ground-up platform for USP students to showcase their ideas in an intimate setting. Speakers wlll present in a ‘Pecha Kucha’ format (20 slides x 20 seconds) about any topic they are passionate about.
Join this session tonight at the USP Chatterbox as USP students present on a range of topics.
“Character Development IRL - Liminal Spaces!” - Jaymee Justiniano“A Defense of Pessimism in the Face of Our Inevitable Deaths” - Zhang Yiyue“How to Get Away with Murder” - Cheah Wenjie“Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Society’s Reasonable Burden?” - Chester Su
Check out USPolymath archive for past sessions!
ISMs are independent research opportunities to explore a specialised area of interest and an academic requirement for all USP students. This showcase is important for all first year students, as well as those who have yet to fulfil their ISM requirements. USP students who have done their ISMs will be sharing their personal experiences and providing practical advice for those who are embarking on an ISM. Do come and hear what these seniors have to say about the ISM experience.
Three USP students will travel to Tokyo to participate in the Global Next Leaders Forum. The student-led conference was initiated in 2010 by students from the University of Tokyo and aims to build international networks, create platforms for students from around the world to exchange ideas and develop leaders who tackle global issues. The 2018 conference will focus on the topic of “Gender”.
A USP student will travel to Tempe, Arizona to attend the “Desert Nights, Rising Stars” Writers Conference hosted by the Virginia G. Piper Centre for Creative Writing at Arizona State University (ASU). The conference provides an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and share an appreciation for literature and writing.
Ms Coleen Angove: “How is the #metoo movement changing the society?”Dr Charles Burke: “Imagine a world where your basic needs are provided for and you only need to work for luxuries. Is Universal Basic Income just a Utopian thing?”
Organised by Cinnamon Conversation and initiated by students, this is a series of informal and relaxed conversations over dinner, between a prof and 4 to 6 students on a topic that the prof is interested in.
Ever googled “blockchain” to find pages full of technical jargon or conflicting stances? Dabbling in cryptocurrency or feel lost when your friends are talking about their investments? Perhaps just curious to learn about blockchain while bingeing on eclairs?
The Sessions will be holding a discussion on "Blockchain and Cryptocurrency" to increase awareness of the technology, its opportunities and inevitabilities. The conversation will be led by these USP alums and student:
• David Tan is a software developer who is guardedly excited about crypto and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He is currently exploring the possible use of technology to improve our mental and physical health.
• Tomithy Too works with ST Telemedia as a seeker and investor in technology companies in AI, Cybersecurity and Cloud. He also dabbles in areas like crypto and angel investing.
• Zhai Yunjie is a Year 4, Psychology + USP student who was a blockchain analyst in Intrepid Ventures, which invests in and builds blockchain-based entities.
In this session under The Rector’s Programme, students can get to engage with A/P Simon Tay from NUS Law on the topic of “Environment and Transboundary Effects – How Should We Care?”. Prof Tay was formerly the Chairman of the National Environment Agency of Singapore, a Nominated Member of Parliament (focusing on Civil Society, Environment and Human Rights), Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (an independent think tank), and Eminent Expert to the International Advisory Panel on Transboundary Pollution and on the National Climate Change Network.
Volunteering internationally is rarely just about doing good or being responsible to the "Third World". USP alum Prof Sin Harng Luh, now working in the NUS Department of Geography, has written critical articles questioning the role of voluntourism in encouraging performed dependencies, and in the inherently biased power structures in the host-volunteer relationships. Yet, rarely would she tell people not to volunteer - in fact, she often strongly encourage volunteering. Why? Come find out at our first Sessions event of the year!
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The 2nd workshop is Intro to Python with Telegram Bots. Python is a general purpose programming language with wide applications such as game development, data processing and machine learning. It is easy to pick up, and many of its concepts are transferable to other programming languages as well. No experience is required for this workshop. Participants will learn the basics of programming in Python, followed by a hands-on development of their own Telegram bot.
The QR Centre is organising two workshops for those in the USP community interested in programming. These workshops are run by USP students who are computing enthusiasts.
The 1st workshop is Excel Visual Basic Applications (VBA). It aims to share some of the fascinating capabilities of Excel that can be unlocked through VBA, such as automation of tasks, so you do not have to sieve through tons of data or constantly type extremely long formulae. Participants will learn the basics of VBA programming, culminating in the development of a simple programme to calculate income tax.
This informal sharing session is for students who are interested in pursuing the NUS-Waseda Double Degree Programme (DDP). This session is an opportunity for current DDP students (year 4 students) to share their experiences and for year 1 students to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the programme.
Show time:• 2 February (Friday) and 3 February (Saturday), evening show @ 8pm• 4 February (Sunday), matinee @ 3pm
The Dark Web plays host to the worst of human depravity and the best of its dreams, shielded from real life by the screen of anonymity. But the veil only goes one way: you don't know them, but they know you. Watch as one unsuspecting family finds their lives thrown into disarray by the insidious machinations of those behind the veil.
The Dark Web is a play that examines the culture and implications surrounding the part of the internet known as the 'dark web', where users and their activities are concealed behind layers of anonymity and encryption, and content ranges from the innocuous and noble to the depraved and frightening. At its core, however, the play is centred around its characters and their stories, serving as a thought-provoking exploration of the human condition.
Content Warning - This play contains mature and potentially disturbing themes. Viewer discretion is advised. Please click here for more information.
Organised by USP Career Services, this workshop will equip participants with first-hand knowledge about the “standard” formats in a typical assessment setting. Assessment Centre is used to simulate the working environment of an organisation and to assess if a candidate is able to perform in such simulated environment. Global organisations such as banks, consulting firms and multi-national corporations use assessment centre as a critical component in their recruitment process to recruit the best talents.