Synopsis: The role of scholarships has come under intense scrutiny in recent years and many now debate, even aggressively, the worth and value and aims of scholarships such as the Fulbright. It is therefore timely that a discussion centering on the value of our Fulbright Scholarship/Fellowship be held. More importantly, this discussion is to have Prof Howard Hunter –eminent in his legal field- the former President of SMU share his insights and experiences in regard to both the issue of the Fulbright grants/awards as well as University education as a whole.

Please RSVP to: HO_Kaiwei@moh.gov.sg

Date: May 29th 6.00 – 7.30pm

Venue: Meeting Room 5.4 –school of business, Singapore Management University

Speaker: Prof Howard Hunter (CV: http://smu.edu.sg/sites/default/files/law/pdf/howardhunter.pdf)


6.00pm — Arrival of guests, wine and cheese

6.15pm — Welcome

6.20pm — Start of discussion –led by Prof Howard Hunter

7.00pm — Thank You wine and cheese (contd)

7.30pm – End

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Fulbright Association (Singapore) Annual Dinner 2013 – Guest Speaker: Mrs Lim Hwee Hua

Guest-of-honor and speaker: Mrs Lim Hwee Hua
Speaker topic: “Business & Government”
Former Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and 2nd Minister for  Finance and Transport

Date: 25 April 2013 (Thur)
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: The Tanglin Club

Dress code: lounge suit / national dress
$850 per table (10 pax)
$85 per pax  ($95 for non-members)

Please register by filling out and submitting this form to ho_kaiwei@moh.gov.sg by 31 March 2013.

Please indicate your choice of main course in the response slip attached. The response slip and payment should be sent to Alvin Koh, our treasurer (details in response slip). Members who have not submitted their membership fees may also mail a $50 crossed cheque to Alvin.

More about the guest-of-honor:
Mrs Lim was the first woman to serve in Singapore’s Cabinet when she was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Transport in 2009. Following her political career, Mrs Lim now holds the appointments of non-executive director at Jardine Cycle & Carriage, Senior Advisor at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and also independent non-executive director on Ernst & Young’s Global Advisory Council.

Mrs Lim will speak on government and business, elaborating on the role governments play in developing strategic sectors, transitioning from state-owned to private enterprises and the delicate nature of bailouts of “too-big-to-fail” businesses. Using examples from around the world, Mrs Lim will offer a thoughtful analysis of current trends and insights for the future.

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Fulbright-SMU Policy Forum


The FA(S)-SMU Public Policy Forum has been initiated to catalyse critical thinking on important public issues. Its inaugural session focuses on the question of social mobility in Singapore.

Singapore is undergoing a period of rapid social change. Income inequality has widened dramatically over the past decade and costs of living for the average Singaporean has risen sharply in the period. The success of Singapore has historically been underpinned by a strong and proven social mobility that helped uplift those who worked hard to improve themselves. While this was most self-evident when we were a developing country, paradoxically, now that we are an advanced economy, there is the pervasive sense that social mobility is eroding rapidly. Can public policy intervene to improve social mobility and how so?

Two talented and socially conscious young Singaporeans, Mr Soon Sze-Meng (Director at global MNC) and Mr Donald Low (Senior Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy) will present on their views followed by a panel discussion.”


5.30 – Registration
6.00 – Convening Remarks (Dr Kirpal Singh)
6.10 – Speech by Mr Soon Sze-Meng
6.25 – Speech by Mr Donald Low
6.40 – Panel Discussion
7.15 – Closing Remarks (Dr Jeremy Lim)
7.30 – End of session

All are welcome to attend. To sign up for this free event, please register online here.

(Closing date for registration:
21 February 2013, Thursday)
22 February 2013, Friday
5.30pm to 7pm
Administration Building
Executive Seminar Room 4.1
Level 4
For enquiries, please contact us at weekimweecentre@smu.edu.sg

About the speakers

Mr Soon Sze Meng

Sze Meng is a Singaporean, and a graduate of public policy from Stanford University and business administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He worked in Monitor Group out of Asia and McKinsey & Company in the US, and currently works in a multi-national corporation . He is also a board member of Halogen Foundation.

Mr Donald Low

Mr Donald Low is Senior Fellow and Assistant Dean (Research Centres) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He has administrative oversight of the School’s research centres and leads the School’s case writing efforts.

His research interests at the School include inequality and social spending, behavioural economics, economics and public policy, public finance, and governance and politics in Singapore.

Prior to his current appointment, Donald served fifteen years in the Singapore government. During that time, he established the Centre for Public Economics at the Civil Service College of Singapore to advance economics literacy in the Singapore government.

Donald also held various senior positions at the heart of the Singapore government. He was the Director of Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance from 2004 to 2005, and the Director of the Strategic Policy Office in the Public Service Division from 2006 to 2007.

Donald co-wrote and edited Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore (2011), a pioneering book which details how the Singapore government has applied ideas from the field of behavioural economics in the design of public policies.

Donald holds a double first in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters in International Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is currently a Vice President at the Economics Society of Singapore.

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Invitation to FA(S) Thanksgiving Dinner 2012

6th Fulbright Association (Singapore) Thanksgiving Dinner 2012

Date: 16 November 2012 (Friday)

Time: 7 pm to 9.30 pm

Venue: 69 Coronation Road, Singapore 269466 (Our President, Jeremy Lim’s home, which is off Bukit Timah Road)

We’ll be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu and look forward to catching up with everyone on this most American occasion.

Members and guests can please RSVP for catering purposes to Kaiwei at ho_kaiwei@moh.gov.sg by 10 Nov 2012.

If you’re not a member, please become one by clicking the membership page above!!!

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Evening Session with Indonesian Fulbrighter Ahmad Fuadi

The Singapore Fulbright Organization has invited Ahmad Fuadi, an Indonesian Fulbrighter to meet with the Singapore alumni while he is in town for the Singapore Writers’ Festival. We have asked him to share a little about his work and what being a Fulbrighter in Indonesia means.

The details are as follows:

Room 5.1 School of Business, SMU

2 Nov 2012 at 8 pm

 Speaker Bio:

Ahmad Fuadi

 A Fulbright scholar and former reporter for Voice of America, Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi parlayed his formative years at an Islamic boarding school into his celebrated first novel,Negeri 5 Menara, which sold more than 100,000 copies in the first year of its release. Translated into English, The Land of Five Towers, the award-winning novel has also been adapted into a feature film. Ahmad is currently busy writing, speaking at home and abroad, and building a social foundation – Komunitas Menara – to aid in the education of the underprivileged.


Members who are interested can rsvp to ho_kaiwei@moh.gov.sg,  by 23 Oct 2012.

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Upcoming DUAL Events

The following is a list of upcoming events from the Distinguished Universities Alumni League of Singapore. More information of the events can be found on the DUAL website.

1. Tuesday, 4th September, 6:30pm – Meeting the Industry – The current economic situation in Europe and the possible repercussion on Asia by Mr. Klaus Borig

2. Tuesday, 4th September, 6:30pm – London Business School welcomes Professor Rajesh Chandy as the guest speaker for our Worldwide Alumni Celebration! (date changed)

3. Friday, 7th September, 7:30am – DUAL Finance Breakfast

4. Saturday, 8th September, 9:30am – 10:30am – Annual International Coastal Clean-Up with the Brown Club of Singapore

5. Wednesday, 12th September, 7:00pm – 9:0-pm – Temple University presents Raising Capital in Private Firms

6. Thursday, 13th September, 6:30pm – 9:00pm – Berkeley Club of Singapore Happy Hour

7. Saturday, 15th September, 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Curated Exhibition with Original Masterworks of Goya, Klimt, Man Ray and Others on the Theme of Body

8. Wednesday, 19th September, 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Temple University presents Creating High Commitment, High Performance Organizations

9. Thursday, 20th September, 7:00pm – 9:00pm – DUAL Drinks

10. Saturday 20 – Monday 22 October – LSEAAS Biennial trip to Lombok, Indonesia

11. Volunteering Opportunity – Art Outreach – trainers

12. Volunteering Opportunity – Conjunct Consulting – Chapter Trainers

13. Career Opportunity – China General Manager, Lonely Planet

14. Career Opportunity – Account Executive, The Active Network (Asia)

15. Career Opportunity – Analyst for Promontory Financial Group Australasia, LLP

16. Career Opportunities – JobStreet.com creates exclusive career website for DUAL members

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Annual General Meeting – Aug 14, 2012

Please note that the Fulbright Association (Singapore) Annual General Meeting will be convened as follows:

Date: 14 August 2012 (Tue)
Time: 6:00pm (dinner); 6:45pm (AGM)
Venue: Cinnamon Room, Level 5, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, , National University of Singapore (see attached for driving directions).

The Agenda is as follows:
(a) Fulbright Association (Singapore) Annual Report
(b) Treasurer’s Report
(c) Election of the FY2012-13 Executive Committee

Please RSVP by email to ho_kaiwei@moh.gov.sg by 7th August, should you wish to attend. Nominations for office holders are to be made before 7th August by email to : ho_kaiwei@moh.gov.sg.

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2012 Fulbright Association Dinner with Chen Show Mao as Guest of Honor

The 15th Annual Dinner of the Fulbright Association of Singapore was held on Thursday, April 26 in the Churchill Room at the Tanglin Club. An itinerary of the event was as follows:


Welcome Address & S.E.P. Awards
Dr Jeremy Lim
President, Fulbright Association (Singapore)


Introduction of Guest-of-Honor and Speaker
Clayton Miller (M.C.)

᾿The Fulbright, Rhodes and ASEAN scholarships: Some personal observations῀
Guest-of-Honour and Speaker

The Hon. Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC, Chen Show Mao

Question and Answer Session
Moderator : Dr Jeremy Lim

Closing Remarks
A/Prof Tan Ming Jen
Vice-President, Fulbright Association (Singapore)

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