From specialists to generalists, NUS’s recent announcements have been all about one thing — an interdisciplinary education. As first-year students of recently merged College of Humanities and Sciences get ready to start the new semester, and NUS’s recent announcement of the new dean of the Yale-NUS and USP merger, questions about whether the university is aptly prepared for providing interdisciplinary education are increasing. Ignite’s Sorfina writes that perhaps, more can be done.
When you mindlessly scroll through the Internet, you would have probably seen advertisements featuring hungry children crying with pleas for donations. These kinds of advertisements — termed poverty porn — are a common sight here in Singapore, be it for attracting donations or calling for volunteers. While we are accustomed to it, why do we need poverty porn to encourage us to act? And what does this say about our culture?