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Walking Tour

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Dear Fellow Postgrad,


The new semester is about to begin and the Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) of NUS, takes pride in welcoming our new graduates to the NUS Family!


The GSS has a lot of fantastic events lined up for the graduates, throughout the semester.

The first of all is the GSS Walking Tour, organized by the International Students’ Support Committee of GSS. The tour covers the most happening and lively places of Singapore.


Come join us for FREE for a walk from Clark Quay to Marina Bay Sands and cherish the exotic flavor of Singapore. While you walk and talk, make new friends with the freshers and current graduates.


The walking tour promises you of a memorable experience for life. Get familiarized with the places across the island.

Let’s walk together to make the event, a great success.


Please register here, before 29/07/13.




Date: 03/Aug/13

Time: 6-9pm

Tour: Clark quay to Marina Bay Sands

Assemble Point:  Clark MRT –Exit G

Assemble Time: 6pm


Please register here, before 29/07/13.


The participants are expected to assemble at the Exit G of Clark Quay MRT at 6pm, from where we shall start our tour. The tour ends at the Marina Bay Sands. Participants are expected to take their own means of transport back to their places. It is always better to bring your umbrella and water bottles for your convenience.


We look forward to see you there!



Ms. Yi Tong,

Chairperson, Communications Affairs, GSS- 91715338

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Ms. Viveka Kalidasan,

Senior Director, International Students’ Support Committee, GSS- 94732216

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GSS Overseas Trip - Tioman Island

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Dear Fellow Postgrad,

The GSS overseas trip is coming in this May!

This time we are going to Tioman Island in Malaysia! Let us enjoy the beautiful sea, delicious food, and even have the chance to go sea outing and play with charming creatures! If you like to refresh yourself and experience something different after this semester, sign up with your friends and start packing!

Date & Time: Morning of 11th May to 13th May, 2013.

Cost: S$222 for NUS postgraduate students, S$242 for others.

The itinerary will be as follow:

Day 1, May 11 Saturday: Depart from NUS, arrive at resort in the afternoon, BBQ dinner

Day 2, May 12 Sunday: sea outing to Pulau Rengis, visit Marine park

Day 3, May 13 Monday: Come back to Singapore after lunch.

Price includes:

• Return Air-con Coach between NUS and Mersing.

• Return express ferry between Mersing and Tioman.

• Tour & Meals as 2B+2L+1D

• One sea outing (Excluding Equipment)

• 2N stays in at Tioman Paya Resort (Superior Room has 3 Singles bed; Deluxe Room has 1 Double & 2 Single Bed)

• Group Travel Insurance.

• Great opportunity to meet new friends and join GSS.

Does Not include:

• VISA expenses

• Other personal expense.

• The whole package is only SGD 222 for NUS postgraduate! You can also invite your friend (Non NUS post graduate students) to go with you for SGD 242.

• The detailed description of itinerary is enclosed in the attachment.

Payment and Registration:

Please transfer S$222 for NUS postgraduate students, S$ 242 for Non NUS postgraduate students to GSS account.

It is your responsibility to follow the instructions carefully, failure to do so can lead to untraceable payment:

• Payments can ONLY be made via INTERNET BANKING.

• DO NOT transfer using ATM (NOT traceable).

• When setting up fund transfer arrangement, put YOUR NAME as the INITIALS that will appear on the recipient's account statement.

• You can pay for your friends.

• After making payment, register Here

• We will send you an email to confirm your registration, after successful registration, we will require you to send us the photocopy of your passport for travel insurance purpose.

Please make your payment to the following account:

Graduate Students’ Society

DBS Saving Plus Account number: 1050001012

Amount: S$222 for NUS post graduate students and S$242 for others

Important Notes:

You are responsible for your own Malaysian Visa. We strongly suggest you to apply your visa now if you decided to go. Normally it will take about three weeks for visa application.

• No refund within 3 weeks before the trip will be made, but the booking can be transferred to anyone if you wish.

• If your registration is not successful, your entire money will be refunded to your account.

• Limited seats available, registration will be on a first come, first served basis.


Thank you for your support and kind understanding! Hope to see you in Tioman Island!

ODC Communication Workshop

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Dear Fellow Postgrad,

We are glad to invite you to the ODC Communication Workshop:

Friendly Persuasion: How to get the thing you want & need

Persuasion is not only for the leaders, it’s an essential skill we all must have to strengthen the path to career success.
Persuasion is also your stepping stones toward success, whether at the workplace or in your personal lives.
Let’s learn how to persuade other to get the things you want and need!!!



Register here if you are willing to join.
Successful registrants will get our confirmation email.

Date and time: 8th April, 2013 13.00 to 14.30
Venue: NUS-MD6-01-02

Course Outline
1. What is Persuasion?
> What is the difference between persuasion and influence?
> Persuasion is not Manipulation
2. Key Pointers about Persuasion
> What to focus
> Credibility matters
> Effective Communication is the Key
> Listen First
3. The 9 Laws of Persuasions
4. Persuasion Techniques
5. Conclusion: Q & A
Free tea will be provided to all the participants.

For more information about the lecturer:

Looking forward to see you there!

Career Psychological Talk

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Dear Fellow Postgrad,

Has any of the following career related questions crossed your mind?

1.      I’m currently doing a MSc/Ph.D in “xxxxx” but I am beginning to question if this is the field of work I wish to have for a career!!?

2.      My field of study has limited industrial opportunities, what other alternatives should I be looking out for when I graduate??

3.      I have not been the most outstanding student in terms of leadership or academic abilities, how else can I attain and exude the confidence required for success in this increasingly competitive environment??

4.      Should I take the plunge and pursue my dreams?!?!

The process of answering these questions can be really stressful and taxing on us. A wrong career move and it might mean that we forever end up in an uninspiring cubicle clocking uncountable OTs in the most detestable of jobs!

But in the first place, WHY do I have these problemsWHAT can I do to resolve my predicament?

More often than not, these problems arise because of a lack of understanding of ourselves. Therefore HELP YOURSELF TODAY and grab hold of this opportunity by signing up for this specially catered program, a first ever collaboration between GSS (Graduate Students Society) and CPS (NUS Counselling and Psychological Services), specially designed for our postgraduates to better understand their personality and make better choices for their careers.

Do not procrastinate, sacrifice 3 hours of your life in return for a lifetime of career satisfaction!  [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER]

Date: 8th April, 2013
Venue: Global learning room, UTown Plaza, NUS (map attached) Schedule is as follows:
2:00 - 2.30 - Registration and giving out the personality questionnaire. 
2:30- 2.45 - Opening address: Brief introduction by speaker on CPS, the consultants and their expertise.
2:45 - 3.30 - Talk (with individual hands-on activity/case studies).
3:35 - 3.55 - Tea break  [Tea & refreshments will be provided].
3:55 - 3.40 - Talk (with individual hands-on activity/case studies).
4:40 - 4.50 - Personality type identification activity and general analysis of results.
4:50 - 5.00 - Close of the talk, and Q&A with consultants from CPS.

Looking forward to see you there!


Preparing for the Graduate Student Afterlife a.k.a Career: How to Start Right?

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The Center for Development of Teaching & Learning in conjunction with the UTown Residence, Residential Life team warmly present to you the 2nd in a series of postgraduate talks:

Postgraduate Students Series (PGS)

Preparing for the Graduate Student Afterlife a.k.a Career: How to Start Right?

FACILITATORS: A/P Suresh Valiyaveettil, A/P Laksh Samavedham

DATE: 27 March 2013 (Wednesday)

TIME: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

VENUE: LT 52, Stephen Riady Centre, UTown

Who should attend?

All postgraduate students are welcome.

About the Session

Graduate education prepares students for a wide range of careers spanning industry, government, academia, research labs, policy think-tanks, media etc. While some students are very clear about their career goals even when they enter graduate school, the career goal evolves over the course of their study for other graduate students. Whatever be the case, it is important for graduate students to plan systematically and strategically to maximize their chances of landing up on the job of their choice and to do well in it. This session will highlight how students can prepare themselves in the months before graduation in aspects such as assessment of skills and developing a career strategy, CV preparation, preparing for and acing the interview, and the do’s/don’ts in the first year of the job.

About the Facilitators

A/P Suresh Valiyaveettil (Faculty of Science)

Suresh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry working on developing new materials and applications. He is interested in developing both academic and personal character of the students to help them excel in their career goals.

A/P Lakshminarayanan Samavedham (Faculty of Engineering)

Laksh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and also the Director for the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, NUS. While he does theoretical/simulation type of work for his disciplinary research in the area of informatics and process control, he is an active experimentalist in education matters.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that this session is open to NUS students only.

Details of the workshop

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