Forums & Dialogues
Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum
As NUSPA’s flagship event, the Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum (KRMF) provides future leaders from various tertiary institutions and members of academia the rare 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.
For more information about this forum, please contact the Director of Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Guns Forum
The Top Guns Forum aims to promote greater awareness among future leaders on key political and electoral issues that are fast shaping the current political landscape. The forum also seeks to encourage a discussion of different political perspectives towards key political issues by inviting leaders from both the incumbent and opposition parties, 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.
For more information about this forum, please contact the Director of Top Guns Forum at email@example.com.
NUS Social Policy Forum
The NUS Social Policy Forum aims to critically engage students and future leaders with pertinent social issues in Singapore through discussion with policy-makers and other experts. The forum seeks to discuss the latest social trends and the solutions to address these trends.
For more information about this forum, please contact the Director of the NUSPA Social Policy Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUS Global Asia Forum
The NUS Global Asia Forum aims to critically engage students and future leaders with regional developments in Asia as well as Singapore’s foreign policy for these developments, through discussion with policy makers and other experts.
For more information about this forum, please contact the Director of the NUSPA Foreign Policy Division at email@example.com.
NUS Environmental Policy Forum
The NUS Environmental Policy Forum is an inaugural event organised by the new Environmental Policy Division in NUSPA. The establishment of the new division by the 47th NUSPA Management Committee comes amidst greater awareness and interest in environmental policy and issues amongst NUS students and coincides with the unveiling of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 by the Singapore government in February 2021.
For more information about this forum, please contact the Director of the NUSPA Environmental Policy Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political 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.
Youth Engagement Events
The NUS Debate Series is an annual debate tournament organised by NUSPA. It is a debate tournament that targets post-secondary/ pre-university students, namely from Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) institutions, centralised institutes and international schools that cater to post-secondary education programmes.
The tournament aims to enable these students to be engaged in topics relevant to Singapore, ranging from policymaking to critical issues concerning the nation-state. By exposing students to a myriad of topics ranging from local policymaking to social issues, we hope to provide a platform for youths to analyse socio-political trends and concerns critically and articulate their views eloquently and comfortably.
For more information about the Debate Series, please contact the Director of NUSPA Debate Series at email@example.com.
Chancellor's Challenge Shield
Chancellor’s Challenge Shield (CCS) is an annual current affairs and general knowledge quiz organised by NUSPA for pre-tertiary education students. This event was inaugurated and formally endorsed 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 level of current affairs and National Education awareness amongst youths in Singapore; provide a platform for students from all walks of life to exchange views and opinions and to encourage and empower youths to keep up with current affairs and National Education. The event is held primarily in the format of a game show, comprising two quiz rounds, with the winner of the entire competition, winning the Shield for their institution.
For more information about the Chancellor’s Challenge Shield, please contact the Director of Chancellor’s Challenge Shield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singapore Model Cabinet
The Singapore Model Cabinet (SMC) provides a platform for tertiary students the opportunity to engage and understand the constitutional role of the Singapore Cabinet as the executive branch of government. In the course of participating in the SMC, participants will role-play as members of Cabinet and work together as a Cabinet to identify, critically consider and deliberate the trade-offs of policy making, and propose pragmatic solutions to address the given scenario.
For more information about the Singapore Model Cabinet, please contact the Director of Singapore Model Cabinet at email@example.com.
Varsity Voices is a youth-centric, inter-university initiative organised by the NUS Students’ Political Association (NUSPA), NTU Current Affairs Society (NTU CAS) and SMU Apolitical Society (SMU Apol). Since its formation in 2019, Varsity Voices has partnered with REACH, the Singapore Government’s feedback unit, to develop programmes and initiatives that promote meaningful conversations with youths in Singapore. Our annual flagship event, the Varsity Voices Dialogue, aims to provide a platform for students to engage in meaningful discourse on socio-political issues with political office holders, whose participation serves to value-add to and provide real-world perspectives on the issues discussed. Moving forward, it is VV's hope to continue promoting curiosity and critical thinking about Singapore's political landscape amongst youths from all tertiary institutions.
NUSPA Special Projects
The Convergence is a student publication of the NUS Students’ Political Association (NUSPA). 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.
Our team of dedicated editors will strive to ensure that no political bias or preference influences the content and thinking of this publication. We, however, demand that articles shall be competently written and well-executed. This, in turn, helps to generate honest and convincing ideas to develop serious thought, encourage responsible discourse, and facilitate rational expression. We also urge writers to develop a keen interest in current affairs and policy issues and, where possible, demonstrate a strong understanding of social, cultural, and religious sensitivities.
ReadNUS is a university-wide reading movement spearheaded by NUSPA, in partnership with NUS Libraries, to make reading more accessible and popular within the NUS Community as well as to enrich students’ lives with valuable reading materials. This is done through a series of programs including bi-weekly newsletters, monthly book club and an interview series titled Kopi Talks.
ReadNUS also aims to advance NUS Libraries’ strategic objectives especially in terms of facilitating student success, increasing research visibility and impact and to create value for the world. Through ReadNUS, we hope to form a new community and network within NUS.