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The Heart of Learning aims to inspire change, and communicate SUSS’s character and passion through its:

  • Sense of social mission and service to society;
  • Practice educational orientation that gives direct application to the learning acquired and impact in the respective professions; and
  • Focus on the development of key lifelong learning skills in its learners.

The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) has launched The Heart of Learning book to commemorate its status as an autonomous university.

The 24-chapter book provides an overview of SUSS’s educational approach, reinforcing the roles it seeks to play in the evolving tertiary education landscape in Singapore by incorporating different approaches and activities into the heart of learning at the University. This book is written by SUSS faculty who share their rich and diverse perspectives on today’s socio-economic issues and challenges, the impact of university education now and beyond, and how higher education should be broadened to support learning as a lifelong habit.

The different chapters of Heart of Learning can be found here:

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CHAPTER 1:
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

To celebrate SUSS’s new status as an autonomous university, it has published a collection of essays in a beautiful blue hardback titled The Heart of Learning. Two professors were tasked to put the book together. Professor Cheah Horn Mun (right) is the Assistant Provost as well as Dean of SUSS’s S R Nathan School of Human Development, while Professor Leong Thin Yin (left) is a faculty member of the School of Business. Here, they share their thoughts and inspiration behind the project.

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CHAPTER 6:
WHAT’S SO SOCIAL? CHANGE, INTEGRATION AND SOCIAL RESILIENCE

How should society in general, and Singapore society in particular, deal with social change? This is the question Professor Tan Ngoh Tiong from the S R Nathan School of Human Development asked in his essay, “What’s so Social? Change, Integration, and Social Resilience”, which constitutes Chapter 6 of the book, “The Heart of Learning”. The anthology of essays was published to commemorate the autonomous university status of SUSS. Here, the professor shares his views on how Singapore can navigate its way through choppy waters ahead. Audio Player

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CHAPTER 14:
WHAT MAKES AN EDUCATED PERSON?

As is commonly agreed, obtaining a degree certificate might not equate to being educated. What does it take, then, to be an educated person? Dr. Lim Chee Han and Dr. Jonathan Leong Yong Hui answered this question in their essay ‘What Makes an Educated Person’, which could be found in the anthology ‘The Heart of Learning’. This book was produced in 2017 by the university in celebration of its autonomous university status. Here, we have picked 5 big ideas from what the two authors have written about what would make someone truly educated.

Interviewed by Lim Qiu Ping

May the message resonate with the students and alumni of SUSS that education begins with and has the power to touch the heart.