Celebrating MEM’s 15th Anniversary



MEM celebrated its 15th anniversary on 11 November 2016 at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS (Kent Ridge Campus), together with two environmental programmes in NUS –the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and the Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) which celebrated their 20th and 5th anniversary respectively. The highlight of the celebration was a joint Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy and Management from 9 – 11 November 2016.

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MEM Tenth Anniversary Celebration

The MEM programme celebrated its 10th anniversary with a conference and gala dinner on 15-16 December 2011 at NUS. The theme was "Sustainable Environmental Management in Urban Asia". Mr Kamal Malhotra, UNDP Representative for Singapore, was guest of honour. The keynote speaker was Professor Nicholas Robinson of Pace University Law School, USA. NUS Provost and Deputy President Professor Tan Eng Chye launched a book by MEM faculty members. Some 120 practitioners, researchers, alumni and students attended the conference. Other speakers were from Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines and the United States. The gala dinner was attended by about 100 MEM alumni, students, faculty members and guests. Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large and Chairman of the MEM Advisory Committee, was the main speaker. A commemorative 10th anniversary booklet was produced by the MEM alumni.

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MEM 10th Anniversary Commemorative


Environmental issues are constantly in the media forefront today. Countries and cities across the world grapple with climate change, which has brought unseasonal floods, droughts and wildfires, and caused severe economic losses, adverse impacts on biodiversity, ecological disasters and much human misery. Cities continue to face the challenges of population growth, inadequate clean water and energy supplies, deteriorating public health and hygiene, environmental degradation, and the pollution of air, land and water. While Asian states have made considerable economic progress in rapid time, they are finding it increasingly challenging to balance development and environmental sustainability. The current imperatives for national development, industrialization and a market economy should not be compromised. There is a need for sound, stable and sustainable environmental management practices. These can be found in the right environmental policies and laws, translated and implemented through effective governance and management. A holistic approach involving partnerships among stakeholders is necessary to address these challenges.

The Asia Environment Lecture provides a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking with world leaders with expertise and experience on environmental sustainability in Asia. Environmental sustainability is multi-faceted and this event is organized by the two multi-disciplinary programmes on the environment at the National University of Singapore (NUS) - the Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES); together with the Law Faculty's Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL).

The Second Asia Environment Lecture – The Green Economy: Will Asia Embrace it?, Dr Macro Lambertini, Director-General, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International, The Orchard Hotel, Tuesday 7 October 2014.

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The Third Asia Environment Lecture – Greening The Built Environment: Ramping Up Global Progress, Ms Christine Ervin
First President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS, Friday 6 November 2015.

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