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5 Influencing the Future YEAR IN The Faculty continues to review its existing programmes and to introduce new ones to enhance the training of future-ready graduates and to enable high- REVIEW impact research. AY2014/2015 saw signifcant milestones that afrm our standing as a leading science faculty. The Faculty also launched new research centres and organised activities in celebration of NUS’ 110th anniversary and Singapore’s 50th birthday. Inaugural Graduating Cohorts Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) Programme This year saw the graduation of the inaugural batch of 44 BES students. The programme is ofered jointly by the Faculties of Science and Arts and Social Sciences with participation from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, School of Design and Environment, Business School, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. It is a unique programme which adopts an interdisciplinary approach to address modern environmental issues. NUS-Imperial College Joint Ph.D. Programme Dr Amrita SRIVATHSAN and Dr Valerie WONG were the frst two students to complete the programme, where students have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary collaborations in an international research context. New Summer Programmes Seafood Supply Chains in Singapore and Japan This fve-week programme is jointly ofered by the Faculty and Hokkaido University (HU). Eight HU students and 11 NUS students participated in the inaugural run from 15 June to 16 July 2015. Students gained frst-hand knowledge on capture fsheries and aquacultures, seafood sustainability, quality assurance, seafood processing technology and the impact of globalisation on seafood security. The module launch is timely as fshery products are one of the most traded food commodities worldwide. Ecology, Conservation and Management of Sri Lankan Ecosystems The inaugural summer programme ran from 11 May to 19 June 2015 for 13 Life Sciences Major students. This six-week programme included a four-week feld trip which provided students hands-on learning experience on the natural history and conservation of Sri Lanka’s protected natural habitats. Students gained experience in assessing conservation problems, managing natural resources and identifying Sri Lankan species.
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