The five-day'Heroes Seminar 2017' is an annual flagship event organised by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, involving about 2,000 students from the'World Issues: A Singapore Perspective'(WISP) module. This year's theme 'Our Singapore - What Will I Protect?' showcased various platforms for students' interaction with speakers, to further strengthen the engagement of youths as active citizens in nation-building.
The programme comprised an interesting line-up of guest-speaker presentations, integrated with fourstations of exciting experiential booth activities, including a colourful display of exhibits from the Singapore Discovery Centre.
On the first day of Heroes Seminar 2017, NP students welcomed Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry, who discussed the topics of multiracialism and meritocracy as pillars of the Singapore society. He highlighted qualities that fuel the continued prosperity of Singapore, including resilience, social mobility and social cohesion.
On the second day, Dr Bilveer Singh (Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore) enraptured the audience with his dramatic flair for portraying global realities. With a powerful and concise sweep, Dr Bilveer traced the history of global terrorism, the development of jihadism and Singapore’s vulnerability to terrorism.
Day three featured a keynote presentation by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education(Higher Education &Skills) and Second Minister for Defence. Issues highlighted by Mr Ong were well aligned with the nation's SkillsFuture initiatives as he presented awide array of opportunities for where and how diploma graduates maypursue their interests in innovation, entrepreneurship and further education.
A panel of speakers from RSIS (Rajaratnam School of International Studies,NTU) were hosted. Ms Nur Aziemah Azman shared about her researchon online radicalisation andp rovided in-depth insights into radicalisation.
Dr Beh Swan Gin, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), shared insights on the final day with his presentation, "Remaking the Singapore Economy". He highlighted key government initiatives that continue to fuel our nation's economic progress. With global economic uncertainties and the emergence of new technologies, Dr Beh encouraged NP students to seize opportunities in Asia which will be a dominant driver of growth in the region.
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