Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum
As NUSPA’s flagship event, the Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum (KRMF) provides students from various tertiary institutions and members of the academia the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with prominent senior political figures in Singapore on pertinent issues facing the nation. Organised with the primary aim of promoting political awareness amongst Singaporean youths and undergraduates, KRMF has established itself as one of the intellectual highlights of the university calendar.
The Director of Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum is in charge of this event.
Top Guns Forum
The Top Guns Forum is one of many forums organised by NUSPA. Top Guns Forum aims to promote greater awareness among the NUS student community on key political and electoral issues that are fast shaping the current political landscape. By bringing political leaders and students together, the forum acts as a common space in which meaningful political discussion and engagement take shape.
The forum also seeks to encourage NUS students to adopt a more active posture in political participation through the development of an active voice as well as to bring students’ concerns and ideas to the attention of new local political leaders. Thus, it is the forum’s greatest desire to reduce the distance between political leaders and students and to build understanding and trust in the process.
The Director of Top Guns Forum is in charge of this event.
NUS Social Policy Forum
How does social inequality arise? What is its relationship with Singapore’s brand of meritocracy – is meritocracy a cause or a solution to tackling social inequality? How has the issue of social stratification evolved in Singapore? What can the government and the community do to address these issues?
The Social Policies Forum aims to help youths gain deeper insights on issues of social inequalities through discussion with policy-makers and other experts.
The Director of NUS Social Policy Forum is in charge of this event.
Forums & Dialogues
NUS Global Asia Forum
The ASEAN Forum seeks to engage future leaders in meaningful discussions where awareness in regional affairs, especially those regarding ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) can be built. It is hoped that through this Forum, participants can have their horizons broadened and convictions formed. The Foreign Policy Forum seeks to promote greater awareness on regional and international affairs. It also aims to cultivate among NUS students a greater understanding of and appreciation for Singapore’s foreign policy and the various challenges that the Republic faces in the past, present and future. In 2020, both forums were combined to form the NUS Global Asia Forum, which seeks to promote greater awareness on regional affairs.
The Director of NUS Global Asia Forum is in charge of this event.
Policy Dialogue Series
The NUSPA Policy Dialogue Series (also known as PDS), is a new initiative launched in 2020. The PDS is a unique break from past practices and traditional dialogues with large audiences. Rather than setting the parameters of the dialogue on a common theme or set of topics, the PDS looks at specific policies that are of general interest to the youth community in particular, and society in general. Each PDS session is open to a small but diverse group of student leaders as participants, who will take part in closed-door and focused group discussions. The PDS aims to invite policymakers and public servants specifically, beyond just political office holders, as guest speakers.
NUSPA Debate Series
The NUSPA Debate Series is an annual debate tournament organised by NUSPA. This Debate tournament targets pre-university students namely from Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education institutions, and International schools that offer post-secondary education programmes.
The Debate Series seeks to inculcate critical thinkers who recognise the significance of keeping abreast with the local and international current affairs. By exposing them to a myriad of pertinent local and international topics, we hope to provide students with a platform to articulate their views and an opportunity to engage in these issues critically. The Debate Series also provides an invaluable opportunity to foster greater inter-institutional ties between diverse educational institutions.
The Director of NUS Debate Series is in charge of this event.
Chancellor's Challenge Shield
Chancellor’s Challenge Shield (CCS) is an annual current affairs cum general knowledge quiz organized by NUSPA for pre-university students. This event was inaugurated in July 1992 by the late Dr. Wee Kim Wee, former President of the Republic of Singapore and then Chancellor of NUS.
CCS aims to raise the awareness of current affairs and level of national education amongst students in Singapore. By involving students from polytechnics, junior colleges, IP Schools and Institute of Technical Education, CCS aims to provide a platform for students of different backgrounds to exchange views and opinions, thereby fostering greater inter-institutional ties. Through a series of challenging tasks and interactive forum, CCS seeks to encourage and empower students to understand the importance of being a well-informed member of Singapore and the global society.
The Director of Chancellor's Challenge Shield is in charge of this event.
Singapore Model Cabinet
Singapore Model Cabinet (SMC) is a simulation of the Singapore Cabinet, the executive branch of the government and the highest national decision-making body present in our nation. Similar to Model United Nations conferences, SMC aims to help representatives understand the difficulties of policy-making and learn how to make compromises and negotiate with other parties in order to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome. We hope that participants will gain insights into pertinent local issues and explore innovative ways to address these problems.
The Director of Singapore Model Cabinet is in charge of this event.
The Convergence is NUSPA's current student publication, established in 2018. The Convergence writes and publishes articles and materials related to current affairs and policy issues in Singapore. The publication aims to provide a common platform that allows for and facilitates the expression of opinions and views by the NUS student community on policy issues pertaining to Singapore. It aims to contribute towards building a more vibrant and constructive political discourse environment in NUS by stimulating intellectual and serious political discussions among students.
Please visit www.nuspatc.org to find out more.
The Review was NUSPA’s online publication from 2014 to 2017. It aimed to facilitate student discussion and raise awareness on political affairs. It hosted monthly writing competitions throughout the semester for NUS students to partake in. The topics were issues relevant to Singapore’s politics. Responses could come in the form of a written article, podcast, poster, video or any other creative medium of one’s choice so long as it expresses views aligned to the monthly theme.
ReadNUS is a project by NUSPA, in partnership with NUS Libraries, to promote reading in the NUS community through programs such as bi-weekly newsletters, a book club, and library events.
NUS Undergraduate Survey
The NUS Undergraduate Survey (NUSUS) is a new feedback initiative by. This survey seeks to gather feedback from graduating students regarding the shape of the economy and their employment prospects. Results generated from this survey will be 1) made public on NUSPA website and 2) translated and compiled into a report which will be sent to the relevant ministries so that the government will have a better understanding of students’ employment needs.