Nepal Art Facebook

In 2015 Nepal earthquake killed more than 8,000 people and left
more than 2,000,000 Nepalese homeless.

After the earthquake, Relief 2.0 ran several empowerment
workshops in Nepal using art for disaster recovery. The plan was
to sell their art to help the recovery process, and to make the
initiative sustainable. The plan used a human-centric model
focusing on providing the survivors options to rebuild.

Robin Low, co-founder of Relief 2.0 and Civil Innovation Lab will
talk about his experience on disaster relief as well as introduce
the principle of ‘Never Help; Engage, Enable, Empower and
Connect’. Good intentions sometimes yield bad consequences;
especially with regards to disaster relief where many
communities will be impacted.

Click here to register for this event



Fantascope is the name of one of the first devices used to view moving images in the 19 centuries, and the pre cursor of today’s film projector.  So every month this section of the blog will look at news from the movie industry.

This month we address a recent controversy over the remake of the Ghostbusters film. If you haven’t seen the movie or heard about the controversy, the issue that shook up many fans of the original film was that the Ghostbusters are now all played by women. The original line up was all men.

I confess I am a fan of the original movie and finding out about the all women cast only wanted to make me watch it more. So what’s the big deal?

Well to many devoted fans, this is a contradiction of the original movie. Sure the characters are still smart, funny and chasing ghost, just that now they have an option to where skirts or dress.

How does changing the sex of the original cast take away anything from the movie or story line? Would it make a difference if all the Avengers were women? What a James Bond that was of an African descendant?


A film with a cult following can have such a dramatic affect, especially when a remake is done. There are various examples of this in movies like Star Wars and Star Trek. And there is a debate if you should even attempt to remake a classic, like Ben-Hur (for those of you who may not know this but the original Ben Hur was produced in 1959, and it became an epic movie).

What is your take on the Ghostbusters? If there is really something wrong in your neighborhood, would you still call the Ghostbusters?

Through the Airwaves – Don’t put all your eggs into one basket


Through the Airwaves is a section of the Communication and Information blog which will look at one interesting subject related to the broadcast industry. This month we look at the television programming.

So what if you have a hit show? If you realise shows don’t last forever. After a while audience either lose interest or the cast lose interest or worse yet, the writer lose interest.

You have seen it happen to may your favourite shows from Glee to the X-Files, sustaining a hot show is not that easy.

In a recent article, HBO is now, trying to figure out their next strategy for sustaining programs. They are flying high with Game of Thrones, but when this show ends (and it seems it is coming to that soon) how will they garner a new hit.

Programming for a network is like a chess game, you need to know what to place where and then how to move the programs around for better impact.

Then of course there is deciding what show will succeed and fall flat, if I told pitch to you a show about a bunch or highly intelligent researchers navigating through life as a comedy, would you give me money to make that show. (I am talking about the hit comedy series, The Big Bang Theory, of course).

Is there a certain science to broadcast programming or do you just go with that ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to selecting the shows? If you were given a chance to run an entire TV station, what would you schedule?

Campaign Eye – Harley Davidson (Japan)


With Campaign Eye, each month we will look at one campaign which is using an interesting way to promote their product or service.

This month let’s take a look at the Harley Davidson’s Campaign in Japan, where they are trying to get younger riders hook onto the Harley experience.

In line with Harley Davidson’s spirit of freedom on the open road, the campaign uses this very same ideology and reconnects it to a younger audience. To do this they are offering loans of their motorbikes for the weekend to take a break. This seems especially appealing to the young Japanese executive who have a heavy work schedule.

But will this be enough to get a younger demographic hooked? Changing brand perception is not an easy thing, nor is getting an entire new demographic to buy into your brand.

Will you take a ride with Harley?

INYT 2016 Asia Pacific Writing Competition


‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ as the saying goes. Maybe today we need to change this to ‘the keyboard is mightier than the sword’. This is even more so when you are in a writing competition.

Every year the International New York Times (INYT) holds an Asia Pacific Writing Competition. This year the focus of this competition is on ‘Global Youth’.

If you have an interesting idea to write on this topic, then you may want to take part in this competition.

Click here for details on the competition and here for competition guidelines.

So ready, set, write (or type).

All the best.

Leave your legacy – Deposit your Final Year Projects

FYP Submission

Your journey at NTU is almost coming to a close. But before you leave, do remember to deposit your Final Year Project (FYP)  reports into NTU’s Digital Repository. This is so your juniors and the school will have access to your reports in the future.

Here are the instructions to help you deposit your reports, and below are some things to keep in mind before you submit.

  • Only deposit the final report which has been approved by your supervisor, with all edits and changes incorporated.
  • Files above 40MB have to be submitted to the Communication & Information Library directly. You may submit your files on a CD, DVD, thumbdrive or portable hard-disk drive (HDD) to the library’s Service Desk.
  • Remember to exclude any proprietary or sensitive information, e.g. a person’s NRIC, address and contact details. You can either remove those details, or put a ‘white box’ over the sensitive information, whichever is easier for you.
  • If you had produced a website, it is best if that the website can run without an internet connection from a CD/DVD-ROM. This is so your team can keep a copy of your website for posterity. Otherwise, the domain name will expire one day.
  • If you have produced a hard copy feature publication, please donate at least one copy (max. 2) to the Communication & Information Library.

If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact the Communication and Information Library, or your Communication Librarians, Loo Shien or Debra. If you are back in school, you can just walk into library and someone will help you.

We look forward to receiving the projects.

World Press Photo 2016

World Press Photo 2016

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a World Press Photo Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, presented by The Straits Times. The exhibition which has toured the world showcases images from significant moments of 2014.

These powerful images fill the hallways of the National Museum and are thought provocation, attention grabbing and stunning all at the same time.

The World Press 2016 winners have been announced as well. If you like to learn more about the World Press Organization, you can access their website here.

Looking at these images, they are a reminder of what photojournalists go through to get images, which speaks a thousand words and invokes a thousand more thoughts.

How to ace your engineering/science research project

Join Prof Leong, Dr Carmel Heah & Dr Kenneth Ong to get important and practical tips on conducting your research project as well as writing your research report or thesis.

Interested? Here are the details of the event:

Date: Tuesday 16th February 2016
Time: 12pm to 1.00pm
Venue: LT 24


Seats are limited so register early! Click here to register.


The Formation and Development of New Chinese Diasporas.

Dear All,

Greetings from the Chinese Heritage Centre!

We would like to warmly invite you to register for our upcoming International Symposium on The Formation and Development of New Chinese Diasporas: A Transnational, Cross-Regional, and Interdisciplinary Comparative Study.



The distinguished speakers include Prof Cheng Ter-Hsing James (Soochow University, Taiwan), Prof James Chin (The University of Hong Kong), Prof Dai Fan (Jinan University, China), Prof Deng Jian-Bang (Tamkang University, Taiwan), Prof Gao Jia (The University of Melbourne, Australia), Prof Ho Lynn-Ee Elaine (National University of Singapore), Prof Adam Horaleck (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic), Prof Evelyn Hu-Dehart (Brown University), Dr Karsten Giese (GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Germany), Prof Li Minghuan (Jinan University, China), Prof Peter S. Li (University of Saskatchewan, Canada),  Dr Li Xiaoling Eva (The University of Saskatchewan, Canada), Dr Liu Liangni Sally (Massey University, New Zealand), Prof Park Yoon Jung (Rhodes University, South Africa), Prof Shao Chunfen (University of Sydney, Australia), Prof Shen Hsiu-hua (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan), Mr Shen Xiaolei (Peking University), Prof Song Changzoo (University of Auckland, New Zealand), Dr Wu Bin (University of Nottingham, UK) and Prof Zhou Min (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).

You may refer to the attached tentative conference programme for more information. We would much appreciate it if you could circulate this announcement to your friends, colleagues and students who might be interested to attend.

Please click here to register.

The closing date for registration is 10 Dec 2015.

For enquiries, please email us at

Looking forward to welcoming you to this exciting conference!

Warmest Regards,

Chinese Heritage Centre

GO-FAR 2015 — Myanmar the Nascent Nation — An Exhibition at NTU Libraries

Election fever is rising in Myanmar (Burma) as voters prepare for polling day on November 8.

Since Myanmar started its transition from military rule to civilian democracy in 2010/11, social, economic and political change has gathered pace among the population of over 50 million.

Visit the GO-FAR exhibition today for some unique snapshots and insights into Burmese culture:

  • 5 – 22 October 2015 at Communication & Information Library
  • 26 October – 13 November 2015 at Lee Wee Nam Library


Open Access Week 2015 @ NTU

Singapore celebrates Open Access Week, and NTU Libraries will be holding 2 seminar talks in conjunction with NIE Library on open access and its related topics as part of OA Week.

#OpenAccess Publishing in Quality Journals with No Fees! Discover the possibilities…Date: 20 Oct 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Library Seminar Room, Lee Wee Nam Library
(30 seats available)Topics include:
• Identify quality Open Access Journals via DOAJ
• Tips on making your publications more visible and discoverable*Light refreshments will be provided.


Discover and Be Discovered! – Open Access & Your Thesis Date: 21 Oct 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Library Seminar Room, Lee Wee Nam Library
(30 seats available)Topics include:
• Benefits of making your PhD thesis open access
• Copyright matters and your thesis*Light refreshments will be provided.


Organised by:

Film Screening: Voices Heard Sisters Unseen

Let’s get the conversation started about domestic violence and how we can evolve as a community to support individuals experiencing abuse. Join us on Friday October 16 at 2:30pm for a film screening of Voices Heard Sisters Unseen, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

The event is organised by NTU Libraries and Singapore Committee for UN Women, in collaboration with Division of Sociology.

For more details, see the poster below. Click here to register now!