Yale Club of Singapore: Volunteering Opportunity – Code in the Community

Code in The Community is a community initiative in which Google is sponsoring free coding classes for 3,000 underprivileged children in Singapore, in conjunction with the four ethnic self help groups (CDAC, MENDAKI, SINDA and the Eurasian Association).

The program consists of 10-week terms in which kids learn either Scratch (8-11yo) or Python (12-15) in a fun and engaging way, allowing them to build digital literacy, confidence and resourcefulness.

At the end of the term, kids will have created a project that they can present to their parents and classmates, and also be empowered with resources to continue their learning journey at home.

The next run of Code in the Community starts in July, with classes at the following venues:
– Jurong West Public Library
– Sengkang Public Library
– Yishun Public Library
– Vibrance@Yishun
– Marine Parade Public Library
– Tiong Bahru Community Centre

A typical class consists of 20-25 students, with one instructor and four assistants. We are looking for volunteer instructor and assistants that can not just instruct but also inspire! Continue reading

International student program bridges Yale and Singapore sister school

Yale CIPE program director Kathryn Bell with Yale-NUS student Swarnima Sircar.

Since its founding in 2011, Yale-NUS College has worked to provide global learning opportunities for students while seeking to introduce them to diverse intellectual traditions and cultures. Kathryn Bell, a program director from the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE), oversees the Yale Visiting International Student Program (Y-VISP), an initiative in New Haven that embraces that same philosophy and approach. The program, which invites exceptional students from partner institutions to study at Yale, has especially drawn interest from Yale-NUS students, with 29 participating in it this semester alone.

Yale-NUS encourages all its students to dedicate themselves to building a community in which living and learning are intertwined, and creativity, curiosity and critical thinking are continuously nurtured,” said Bell. “In implementing the Y-VISP program we place a premium upon encouraging and supporting those very same things.”


A Student Team Tackles Indonesia’s Trash Problem

As sunset fell Friday night and the air was still sticky, the rhythmic beats of gamelan drums began to sound. My team and I wove our way through the gathering crowd to observe the parades in honor of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year celebration. Large Ogoh-ogoh statues, each carried by 20 men, rose high into the sky, nearly colliding with power lines. Women in matching T-shirts carried torches behind them. Preparations for the holiday had been evident all week, as traffic grew heavier and our meetings with stakeholders in Indonesia’s waste management system were rearranged. Most obvious were the demonic Ogoh-ogohs—intended to draw out evil spirits in the parades—that each village was putting finishing touches on after a month of crafting. Still, in the context of our project, I couldn’t help but think the real threat looming around us was man-made rather than spiritual.

My team of five students from the Yale School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies was in Bali, Indonesia, as part of SOM’s Global Social Entrepreneurship (GSE) course. The class requires us to apply business concepts we’ve learned in courses throughout SOM’s core curriculum—like Accounting, Global Virtual Teams, Modeling Managerial Decisions, and Operations Engine—to meaningful social issues. It integrates closely with SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society and with my personal goal to use my MBA education to drive transformative social change.


Monster Hunt Film Screening

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 7:00pm

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Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center See map

53 Wall St

New Haven, CT

Directed by Raman Hui, 118 mins

Dream Sky Entertainment et al., China

DCP, Subtitled in English

Despite its unorthodox visual effects, which blend live-action martial artists together with digitally rendered creatures from the “monster realm,” Monster Hunt swiftly became the highest-grossing film in China during the year of its release. Before relocating to China to direct this fantastical action-comedy, Hong Kong native Raman Hui served as supervising animator and co-director on a number of projects at DreamWorks, including the Shrek series. Nearly 70% of Monster Hunt had to be reshot after unforeseen circumstances demanded the recasting of the film’s main actor, which – when combined with the film’s elaborate special effects and post-production editing – resulted in the film taking near seven years to complete. Monster Hunt garnered numerous awards at film festivals in mainland China and Hong Kong, including at the CineAsia Awards, the Golden Rooster Awards, and the Hundred Flower Awards. As a result of the film’s commercial success, two sequels were announced, both helmed by Hui. (Written by Jason Douglass, Series Organizer)

Yale Club of Singapore: Yale Book Club & Lunch

Yale Book Club & Lunch – March

Date: Sunday, March 25th
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Tanglin Club, meet at the main foyer next to the entrance
Title: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

We will be meeting over lunch at the Tavern in the Tanglin Club. We should finish in time for people to attend the AGM in the afternoon.

Please be reminded of the dress code (see point c):


Yale Club of Singapore: Tea with Yale School of Public Health on Big Questions in Public Health

Emerging trends and disruptive forces: what factors impact our health, now and in the future? We face escalating threats of urbanization, global migration, climate change, smog, emerging infections and antimicrobial resistance. Complex health systems and corporate mergers have had limited impact on human behaviour – like food choice, sedentary lifestyle and tobacco – and the consequent epidemics of non-communicable diseases that impact our lifespan and our healthspan.

And yet, there is tremendous opportunity and upside potential. We must leverage tools across multiple sectors along with social and technological innovation to build capacity, engineer environments and inspire behavior change as well as to promote human resilience and social connectedness.

Join in a lively discussion with Yale School of Public Health Dean Sten Vermund and Deputy Dean Jeannette Ickovics (visiting this year at Yale-NUS College) to ask your “big questions” and to hear their vision for the future of public health.

Guests are welcome. This event will be open to DUAL.

Cost: Pay for your own F&B (otherwise free to attend)
Date and Time: Sunday, 18th Mar 2018, from 4:00pm till 5.30pm
Location: Atrium Lounge at the Marina Mandarin (Level 4)
RSVP: Email sarah.ong@aya.yale.edu

Separately, Dean Vermund and Deputy Dean Ickovics will be speaking at another event at Yale-NUS the following day (19th March). Yale President Salovey will be giving opening remarks and an introduction to the panel. He will be on campus from about 5:00pm (exhibition) and with the panel from 5:30-6:30pm:

Heroes of the Republic: Filipinos Abroad

A sizable percentage of the adult workforce in the Philippines pursues overseas employment opportunities, creating a revenue stream that supplements the national economy. A lagging job market at home and the need for workers in certain industries and nations abroad contribute to the export of labor. Employers around the world compete for the educated workers fluent in English. About 20 percent of registered nurses in California are from the Philippines, and demand for Filipino nurses may rise as the United Kingdom pursues Brexit and anticipates replacing 12 percent of its non-British medical staff at the National Health Service. For 2016, elsewhere in Asia was the leading destination for more than 80 percent of Filipino workers. The Philippines, lacking reliable access to family-planning programs, has a high fertility rate, and the population climbed from 26 million in 1960 to 105 million today. Family-planning policies could help stabilize a hyper-competitive domestic job market and contribute to economic growth. – YaleGlobal