• 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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  • 22 January 2020

    Faculty News: The Global Affairs department would like to extend a warm welcome to Professors Mira Debs, Alex Debs, and Yogesh Joshi, who will be teaching 4 courses for GA this semester between the three of them.

    Prof. Mira Debs is Executive Director of Yale’s Education Studies program and a lecturer in the Department of Sociology. Her research and teaching focuses on the sociology of education including school desegregation, school choice, progressive public schools and the role of parents in school advocacy. Prof. Alexandre Debs is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research and teaching focuses on the causes of war, nuclear proliferation, and applied game theory. Finally, Prof. Yogesh Joshi is a Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. His research interests lie at the intersection of theory, history, and policy in the field of international relations and strategic studies with an empirical focus on South Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

  • 22 January 2020

    Student News: The Global Affairs department is excited to welcome two new sophomore student ambassadors to our team – Bilge Arslan and Anastasiya Varenytsya! Bilge is also the Regional Coordinator of Asia at European Horizons, and is deeply involved with the Global China Connection and the Roosevelt Institute. In her free time, she learns Chinese, blogs about her travel experiences, and loves to dance ballroom with the Yale-NUS Ballroom Team. Meanwhile, Anastasiya is deeply passionate about international affairs, human rights, and social justice issues. She is also a barista with Yale-NUS Brewhouse, and may be found working at the Library front desk, dancing, or leading workshops for the Kingfishers for Consent.

  • 13 January 2020

    Faculty News: Prof. Anju Mary Paul’s book Multinational Maids received an honorable mention for the American Sociological Association’s 2019 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award. [Link to book embedded above]

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Latest Events

21 January 2020 (Tue)
International Relations Dinner & Talk
The Global Affairs department is pleased to have hosted a dinner conversation with Sameer Lalwani, Senior Fellow and ...
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14 November 2019 (Thu)
Visit by Rwandan High Commissioner
Prof. Risa Toha hosted the High Commissioner from Rwanda, Ambassador Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, in her Politics of Ide...
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23 October 2019 (Wed) , 1200PM to 2PM
Coffee Chat with NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public...
Join this session to meet with an LKY School admissions officer and hear insights about their Master in International...
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30 October 2019 (Wed) , 600pm
Migrants, Minorities and Populism in Asia
Thomas Pepinsky is Professor of Government at Cornell University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Insti...
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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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