• Why Global Affairs

    • Global Affairs is a multidisciplinary major within the Social Sciences that focuses on the study of global issues and global solutions in an increasingly interconnected world.

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    • Our Global Affairs Roundtables

    • Yale-NUS students learn about Global Affairs during informal lunch discussions.

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    • Our Faculty

    • Global Affairs is supported by a diverse set of faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Students' Experiences

    • Our students engage with Global Affairs outside the classroom through internships, study abroad opportunities, and involvement in student organisations. Check out these exciting opportunities!

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  • 02 June 2020

    Faculty News: Congratulations to Prof. Risa Toha for being awarded the NUS Humanities and Social Science Research Fellowship for 2021/2022! This fellowship provides one-semester teaching relief to enable faculty to focus fully on their research with an eye toward publication of books and peer-reviewed scholarly articles. Prof. Toha will be working on her project, “National Identification of Ethnic Minorities in Multiethnic Settings in Southeast Asia.”

  • 30 May 2020

    Student News: Congratulations to Lesley-Anne Tan (Global Affairs Class of 2020) for her new job as Deputy Manager (International Partnerships) with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. In her new position, Lesley-Anne will be formulating and overseeing international relations, positions and strategies for CAAS. 

  • 08 May 2020

    Student News: Congratulations to Seung Hee Lee (GA Class of 2020) for being awarded the Global Affairs Capstone Prize for 2020 for his capstone: “Examining the Effect of Chaebol Endorsement on Voting Behavior in South Korea.” In his capstone, Seung Hee explored the impact of implicit chaebol endorsement of particular political figures on voter behavior in South Korea. He took literature on corporate endorsements which had largely been developed within the American context and applied it in an original manner in the South Korean context where the intertwining of large family-run South Korean conglomerates and the country’s politics has been both pervasive and highly problematic. He developed a novel survey experiment followed by qualitative interviews with respondents to test the impact of chaebol endorsement under various conditions: the state of the economy, the specific chaebol acting as the political endorser, and the socioeconomic status of each voter. He found that chaebol endorsements are likely to produce a positive effect on the endorsed candidate during economic recessions, when the endorser is perceived to be reputable, and when the voter is a member of the higher socioeconomic class.

    Congratulations also to Zixing Gu who was the other finalist for the 2020 Global Affairs Capstone Prize for her outstanding capstone, “Signalling in Chinese Foreign Policy: Role of Nationalism on Social Media.”
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Latest Events

18 March 2020 (Wed) , 12:00-2:30pm
Global Affairs Capstone Presentations – II
The second half of the GA capstone presentations for 2020 will take place on March 18, 12noon at Classroom 2 (lunch p...
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11 March 2020 (Wed) , 12:00-2:30pm
Global Affairs Capstone Presentations – I
The Global Affairs seniors (Class of 2020) will be presenting their capstone projects in a 2-part series. The first r...
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6 February 2020 (Thu) , 19:00
Speaker Series – Populism in Europe: Is Spai...
Join Professor of Political Science Jose Ignacio Torreblanca as he discusses the recent wave of anti-immigration and ...
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5 February 2020 (Wed) , 18:00
Book Talk: Does India Negotiate?
Join author Karthik Nachiappan as he talks about his new book, “Does India Negotiate?” which explores why India signs...
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    • Assistant Professor
    • Chin-Hao Huang
    What sets Global Affairs students apart from the rest?

    In Global Affairs, we strive to understand the underlying causes and consequences of transnational socio-economic, political, and development challenges. Our curriculum prepares students with important skill sets that enable them to thrive in the private and public sectors after Yale-NUS. Most notably, Global Affairs majors are critical thinkers who are equipped with competencies in linking theory to practice and who understand their role as responsible, global citizens.

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    • Assistant Professor
    • Steven Matthew Oliver
    What is the best reason for coming to study Global Affairs at Yale-NUS?

    The best reasons to come to Yale-NUS College to study Global Affairs are the community of scholars and the quality of interaction that is possible between students and faculty. The community of scholars in Global Affairs at Yale-NUS is made up of a new and active faculty with training from top academic programmes in their respective fields and with cutting-edge research on pressing global issues. While other programmes may boast a larger number of faculty, there are few who can offer the ratio of faculty to students as Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College. This difference is important in fostering frequent and quality interaction between students and faculty. Students have greater opportunity to consult faculty outside of the classroom, more time to discuss ideas, collaborate on projects and build lasting relationships not only with their peers but also with faculty.

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    • Senior Lecturer
    • Nancy Webster Gleason
    What are the advantages of researching Global Affairs issues in Singapore?

    Global Affairs is an exciting field – everything from migration, to shipping, to security, to trade, to development is explored! Global Affairs majors at Yale-NUS College learn about trans-boundary issues and challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. Courses draw from Singapore’s global connections, and apply both theory and practice in the classroom. For example, students studying global governance are able to consider the role of APEC, which is headquartered here in Singapore. Our faculty train students in critical thinking, problem-solving and communication by applying innovative approaches to teaching. And we work closely with students to advise them on study abroad options, summer internships, capstone research and ultimately their next steps after college. Global Affairs is a timely and flexible major to prepare students for a complex and interconnected world.

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