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11th Outreach Programme for University Students (OPUS) Lecture Series with Niigata University

Friday, 2 March 2018 – ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute held the Outreach Programme for University Students (OPUS) Lecture Series with Niigata University, now in its 11th year.


The 11th Outreach Programme for University Students (OPUS) Lecture Series with Niigata University Students, Japan (Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

Niigata University and ISEAS have continued to collaborate through the years because of close relationship between both institutions. To date, more than 250 students from Niigata University have gone through this programme since its inception in 2008.


From left to right: Associate Professor Zhang Yun of Niigata University and Mr Choi Shing Kwok, Director of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

For this year’s programme, students were exposed to discussions covering ASEAN-Japan relations and how Japan continues to play a very important role in ASEAN’s development and integration. Students were also briefed on the challenges facing ASEAN and Southeast Asia in achieving economic cohesion and trade within and also outside the region. ASEAN economies holds untapped potential that can help the region achieve greater heights in the years to come. Students also were exposed to Singapore’s endeavour to achieve multicultural and religious harmony in the country. What steps did the government take? How is religious harmony and multiculturalism maintained?


From left to right: Dr Siwage Dharma Negara, Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, and Dr Lee Poh Onn (Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)


Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap spoke on political developments between ASEAN and Japan in his presentation on the “ASEAN Community and ASEAN-Japan relations”. (Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)


Dr Siwage Dharma Negara discussed recent developments and challenges facing the ASEAN economic community in terms of closing the development gap as well as achieving greater economic integration through institutional, economic and physical connectivity. He spoke on: Overview of the ASEAN Economic Community. (Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

Ms Cheryl Teh, ISEAS Research Officer, then spoke on cultural and religious harmony in Singapore. Singapore is a multi-cultural society made up of many races and religions. Singaporeans harmoniously with one another. How has that been achieved? What steps did the Singapore government take to ensure that the social fabric of harmony is maintained?


Ms Cheryl Teh, ISEAS Reseach Officer, after her presentation (Source: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)


Mr Lye Liang Fook, ISEAS Senior Fellow, summarised the sessions and warmly thanked faculty and students from Niigata University for a very interesting and lively discussion. He also wished them a pleasant learning journey for the rest of their time in Singapore. 

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