During the year, RSIS staff continued to research into their respective areas of expertise, and shared their findings and insights through RSIS publications and external publications. Topical issues included geopolitics and technology, cybersecurity, regional developments, security, interfaith harmony, online falsehoods and disinformation, counter-terrorism and counter-extremism. RSIS scholars also published peer-reviewed books on their areas of research.
The flagship Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO) observed its 21st edition while the Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO) had its 13th run.
RSIS continues to serve key roles in security within the region, acting as Secretariat for both the Singapore National Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP Singapore) and the Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI). These roles allow RSIS to actively contribute to discussions on regional security, support the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) with relevant inputs and timely ahead-of-the-curve policy recommendations, and build the confidence of ASEAN think tanks and research institutions.
The 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings published in June 2019 delivered good news for Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), and RSIS. NTU Singapore cemented its outstanding position in the world’s top 15 universities, rising to #11 in the world and joining the National University of Singapore in the top spot in Asia. NTU Singapore also remained the world’s top young university, being ranked #1 in the QS Top 50 Universities under 50. This remains an undeniable acknowledgement of NTU Singapore’s reputation and exceptional academic standards, displaying the excellent educational experience offered to students.
For the new academic year (AY), our MSc programmes have attracted a cosmopolitan student body with a wide range of educational, professional and cultural backgrounds. Over 200 students from 30 countries enrolled in RSIS MSc programmes in AY2019/2020.
Twenty-five students were offered scholarships and study awards in AY2019/2020, including the RSIS Scholarship, the Lee Foundation Scholarship, Student Research Assistantships, Terrorism Analyst Study Awards and Research Analyst Study Awards.
RSIS continues to strengthen its marketing initiatives. These include information-sharing sessions on campus and participation in leading postgraduate education fairs in Singapore and overseas (for instance the QS World Grad School Tours in Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or London and the Postgraduate Education Fair in Singapore). On top of that, RSIS faculty members continue to make marketing visits to selected regional countries. Looking towards digital outreach, RSIS also does online advertising through key platforms, advertising via social media as well as engaging relevant organisations to continue raising RSIS’ profile as a destination of choice for excellent professional education in the field of international affairs. RSIS will also be tapping on its alumni network to help promote the school’s degree programmes. The overarching goal of these initiatives is to increase the number and quality of applications for AY2020/2021.
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Annual Reviews / General
Last updated on 02/04/2020