IS e-Newsletter
By International Students Published on 27 Oct 2016

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to School!

We hope you had a good break and you are fully recharged for another exciting semester.

While you were away for your break, the Student Care & Guidance department (SCG) was busy with the renovation of our new office. SCG has just moved to a beautiful new office at Block A, level 2, near food-connect.

With this new office, we hope to serve our NYP international students better. If you wish to speak to the SCG staff who are in-charged of international students’ welfare, you can drop by the SCG office and look for Mr Joseph Lee or Ms Lin Shuli. Alternatively, you can also make an appointment with them via email or telephone (contact details are given at the end of the e-newsletter).

SCG also provides other services such as Student Counselling and Shuttle Bus Services. If you wish to speak to a NYP counsellor, you are advised to make an appointment in advance before coming to the SCG office. The contact details and email addresses can be found here.

The other SCG function which is Education & Career Guidance (ECG) will continue to be offered through ECG@Central, located at Blk A, Level 1. You can find ECG’s contact details here. Similarly, please make an appointment in advance before visiting them.

Other than the new SCG office, you would notice that the Koufu Foodcourt has been renovated and revitalised. We hope that you will enjoy the new selections of food.

We wish you all the best for the new semester and we welcome you to visit at our new SCG office.


Student Care & Guidance

S. Rajaratnam-Youth Model ASEAN Conference 2016

The SR Youth Model ASEAN Conference (SR-YMAC) is an annual inter-polytechnic event where 100 polytechnics students and 100 students from the ASEAN countries come together in Singapore and discuss about issues affecting the region and propose resolutions for these issues. The SR-YMAC is proudly sponsored by the S. Rajaranam Endowment Fund.

A total of 25 NYP students participated in SR YMAC 2016. Some of these students participated as YMAC delegates, some in the YMAC organising committee and others as ushers and disc jockey (DJ). Regardless of their roles, the students have benefitted from their involvement in SR YMAC.

The delegates were divided into seven committee: Narcotics, Human Trafficking, Renewable Energy, Digital Technologies, Global Competitiveness, Skilled Labour and Healthcare Accessibility.

The delegates were passionate about their issues and had done comprehensive research. Their arguments for and against each issue were met with vigorous rebuttals. Despite the tension and arguments, strong friendships were forged.

The delegates also had the opportunity to have dialogue sessions with several distinguished guests. At the opening ceremony, they had the privilege of having two distinguished academics in the field of International Relations: Dr Joseph Liow, Dean and Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Dr Tang Siew Mun, Head of the ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

At the closing ceremony, the delegates had the chance to pose their questions directly to Acting Minister for Education (Schools) and Senior Minister of State for Transport, Mr Ng Chee Meng. Minister Ng was impressed with the delegates and felt that the SR YMAC was a good platform for students in ASEAN to come together and think about regional issues.

SR YMAC 2016 was not all about debates and discussions. The delegates also had lots of fun as well as an opportunity to do some meaningful community service.

Many of the overseas delegates were in Singapore for the first time and of course as host, the local delegates brought them for a short sight-seeing tour around the city centre.

The SR YMAC delegates also engaged about 100 elderly from various homes in Jurong in an afternoon of activities. One activity involved delegates and elderly dressing up in funny hats and masks for instant photo taking. The second activity was a Karaoke session, where the elderly showed off their expert singing voices and the last activity was everyone’s favourite … food!! The elderly were happily served with lots of yummy food by the delegates.

After four days of discussion, the delegates presented their resolutions to Minister Ng and a panel of judges. The committee “Digital Technologies” won the “Best Committee Award” for their resolution to leverage new and innovative digital technologies to foster economic growth.

Everyone who participated in SR YMAC 2016 benefitted from the programme, made new friends from all across ASEAN and learned about the complexity of policy making. For more photos and information about SR-YMAC, you can visit their Facebook page and the SR-YMAC website.