The NUS Singapore Prize Makes a Bigger Difference

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At Earthshot Week – an event dedicated to thought leadership, innovation and impact from 6-11 November – Earthshot winners and finalists will showcase their amazing work helping both people and the planet. Their solutions to global issues will be highlighted during an incredible showcase that includes global leaders, businesses and investors from across the region collaborating to accelerate solutions while taking tangible actions toward planet repair.

One of the highlights this year is a new collaboration between NUS and Conservation International (CI), giving award winners access to Conservation International’s vast network in Southeast Asia and beyond to share their ideas with organizations and communities dedicated to developing scalable environmental solutions. Their expertise and extensive reach make CI an indispensable ally in making an even greater difference for more people through this initiative – further increasing its potential impact.

NUS University has expanded their prize to encourage submissions that explore key aspects of Singaporean history in any language, regardless of author nationality, with an aim to broaden participation. First established by NUS Department of History through an anonymous donor in 2014, this prize offers one winner with a cash prize of $50,000 Singapore dollars while shortlisted works will also be publicly announced and featured on their program website.

Ms Hidayah acknowledged the citation as proof to the general public that writing history books doesn’t require professional historians; any living person has an important story to share about their time spent here.

This year’s shortlisted works include Seven Hundred Years: A History Of Singapore by Kwa Chong Guan, Tan Tai Yong and Peter Borschberg; Sembawang by Kamaladevi Aravindan in 2020; State Of Emergency (2017) by Jeremy Tiang; Home Is Where We Are (2020) by Wang Gungwu and Margaret Wang; and Imperial Creatures by Timothy P. Barnard – to name but a few.

Consumer Choice Readers can also vote on their favorite shortlisted books in this category; four winning authors will each receive book vouchers worth up to 1,000 Singapore dollars as prizes; results of this poll will be announced during the second half of 2017. You can view a comprehensive list of shortlisted works categorized by language and genre here.