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May 2017

ICT in Education, Innovations and Education Technologies in the Digital Economy

4 May, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Abstract: In a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released in 2015 that examined the impact of school technology on international test results, it was found that education systems which have invested heavily in information and communications technology (ICT) have seen “no noticeable improvement” in PISA test results for reading, mathematics or science. Will the OECD findings signal a push back or turnaround on the adoption of technology in the classrooms? Against the backdrop of new…

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Open Education, Looking at the Bigger Picture

17 May, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Abstract: In this talk, Professor Tham Choy Yoong will set the stage by giving the current state of play with respect to open education and briefly tracing its historical development. Building from this back ground he will examine open education’s role in contributing to a changing society towards sustainable development. In 2015 the international community, under UNESCO, adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A key SDG is the global education agenda (SDG4 - Education 2030) which calls to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality…

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June 2017

Winsemius in Singapore’s Economic History

7 June, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Abstract: The Dutch economist Albert Winsemius led two extremely modest industrial survey missions to Singapore under the United Nations Development Programme in 1960-61. He had no knowledge of Singapore except that it was ‘going down the drain’ and his first team was poorly assembled. Yet his work and advice were soon endorsed by the Singapore government and incorporated in the expansive State Development Plan of 1961, and he subsequently became a trusted informal adviser to the government into the 1980s.…

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Success and Succession: Challenges of Family Businesses in the 21st Century

28 June, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Abstract: Some of the largest and most well-known brands in the world are a result of the stewardship provided by generations of family businesses. Household brands like Samsung, Tata, Volkswagen, Ikea, L’Oréal and The New York Times continue to make headlines and touch our everyday lives. However, despite having the kind of stability provided by long-term, committed and aligned shareholders, family businesses are facing increasing challenges. Mr Yuelin T Yang, Deputy Group Managing Director at IMC Industrial Group will examine…

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July 2017

Movers & Shakers

20 July, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Abstract: An epidemic of age-related degenerative diseases is upon us. Chief amongst these, in the neurological realm, are Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease (PD). It has been exactly 200 years since the first detailed description of PD was published by James Parkinson, in 1817. In this lecture, Professor Dr. Lim Shen-Yang will examine what PD is, how our understanding of the disease has evolved over the past two centuries, state-of-the-art treatments, and some perspectives on what the future might hold.…

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August 2017

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and its legacy to Modern China

2 August, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Abstract This talk focuses on a controversial historical figure in modern Chinese history and a political campaign that has left a rich legacy to China: Mao Zedong and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966. The talk will examine the major social, economic, and political forces that shaped the history of China in the 1960s. Besides introducing and critically evaluating the relevant primary sources and secondary scholarship on Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Professor Wang will share with the…

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Looking to the Frontiers of Fundamental Science

25 August, 2017
4:30 pm
- 6:00 pm
Maxwell Auditorium @ Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road 609081 Singapore + Google Map

I shall outline some of the great unknowns at the frontiers of Fundamental Science: How did the Universe begin? What are the possible kinds of quantum matter? Is there a unified theory of the fundamental forces? How we are trying to find the answers to these questions and what the answer might be? Professor David Gross is the Chancellor’s Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics and former Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB. He received his Ph.D. in 1966 at…

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September 2017

Rethinking Education in China: Lessons from the Post-Mao Period

7 September, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Recent years have witnessed mingled alarm and envy in the West at the supposed excellence of China's education system - epitomized by Shanghai's PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) success. But much public discussion of the context for that success, and of the nature of the education system that has produced it, remains worryingly superficial. Drawing on a new monograph, Education and Society in Post-Mao China (Routledge 2017), this talk re-examines the educational record of China during the four decades of 'Reform…

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Comparing ‘Asian Giants’: Exploring Factors that Account for Singapore and Hong Kong Students’ Academic Achievement

28 September, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Asian students’ success in international assessments is now so well acknowledged that it is no longer regarded as remarkable. Yet understanding the reasons behind that success, especially in comparative perspective, has received less attention. Singapore and Hong Kong are ideal cases for comparison because in some ways they exhibit similarities (histories, cultures, economic development) but in other ways they are different (political structures, diversity and regional integration). Whether these macro influences have any bearing on academic achievement remains an open…

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November 2017

Deconstructing the Fear of Public Speaking: How to Get a Handle on the Nerves Within

15 November, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Fear of public speaking is incredibly common and nearly everyone can suffer from this type of phobia regardless of demographic or age. There is also reason to believe that modern day lifestyles make this fear more common than it had been in the past. It can rear it's ugly head anywhere and at anytime.  The thought of speaking in public can leave us frozen with fear. It can also cause us to miss out on many academic, social, and career opportunities.…

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January 2018

Global Network for Sustainable Development: Investing in Youth

10 January, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

OVERVIEW Dr. Wosinski is no ordinary scholar to talk about the topic. Born at the end of World War II, he lived through the turbulent Cold War era and witnessed violent conflicts among people of different ethnicities and ideologies. He has first-hand experience of what was life behind the Iron Curtain and is now devoting his time to promote peace, sustainability and youth education. After working with youth in Africa and the more remote areas in Asia, Dr Wosinski decided - in…

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Surviving a Disruptive World: Re-inventing Business Strategies

31 January, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

OVERVIEW The fourth industrial revolution is the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we live and work. We are on the cusp of the age of disruption which poses many challenges for governments, companies, and individuals. Be it political uncertainty, technological innovation or new business models, disruption can come in many forms. Companies and business leaders must…

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March 2018

Learning for the Future

7 March, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

OVERVIEW In today’s rapidly changing world, advancement in Science and Technology is quickly making what we learnt in school insufficient to cope with the demands of the economy. Since the Industrial Revolution it was determined that individuals must be equipped with the 3Rs - Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. Only a few decades ago, in addition to acquiring the 3Rs, we started acquiring a modicum of computer skills to catch the Third Wave of civilisation - the ‘Knowledge Economy’. With the…

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April 2018

Constitutional Challenges in Southeast Asia

18 April, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm

Southeast Asia is one of the most ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse parts of the world. Significantly, all states in Southeast Asia – with the exception of Thailand – were once colonies of the various European powers. The design and operation of a constitutional framework for survival and good governance was a crucial challenge to both the departing colonial authorities and the nationalists charged with leading their states to independence. In this lecture, we look at the kinds of challenges…

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