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Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific at NUS: 6th time winner
- Koh Eng Beng

BEST IN ASIA: Prof Tan Eng Chye, Provost and Deputy President (Academic Affairs), and Chairman of TLI - Asia Pacific Advisory Board, receiving the Best Education Course Provider award.
THE Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific (TLI - Asia Pacific) in NUS has been named the best provider of logistics education in Asia - for the 6th year consecutively. The Institute, a collaboration between NUS and the Georgia Institute of Technology, won the Best Education Course Provider title at the 2008 Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards ceremony. The annual award is regarded as the most authoritative and prestigious in the industry since 2003.

The Institute emerged the winner from a poll by readers of freight industry publication Cargonews Asia. The poll was based on criteria such as curriculum that closely matches real-world requirements of private sector, private sector involvement in programme and employment rate of graduates.

Prof Tan Eng Chye, Provost and Deputy President (Academic Affairs) at NUS, and Chairman of TLI - Asia Pacific Advisory Board, said: "NUS TLI - Asia Pacific is delighted to receive this award! We count TLI - Asia Pacific among the leading research and education institutes at NUS and I'm proud of NUS' successful and sustainable collaboration with Georgia Tech."

Global food crisis and opportunities in Africa

FOOD CRISIS: World Bank Managing Director Dr Juan Jose Daboub speaking at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
RISING food prices could wipe out progress made in reducing global poverty over the past seven years. The stark warning came from World Bank's managing director Dr Juan Jose Daboub, who was speaking at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) on the topic Food Crisis: Challenges For A New Asia (20 May).

Addressing faculty, students, governmental officials and the media, Dr Daboub warned that the cost of staples like rice, would likely be rising for the next few years. But he stressed that no interventions in the market are needed since they are working normally.

There is no magic solution, said Dr Daboub, but the World Bank is advocating a new global food policy that will include both short and long term policies for assistance and food productivity.

ARISING FROM CRISIS: Rwanda President Paul Kagame (left) with Prof Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, LKYSPP.
Rwanda President His Excellency Paul Kagame who was visiting Asia to seek economic partnerships, also delivered a lecture on Africa and Rwanda: From Crisis to Socioeconomic Development (22 May), outlining the fundamental changes on the continent that have greatly improved prospects for business and economic growth. He encouraged Singaporean investors to seek opportunities that Rwanda and the region offer.