Singapore digest news (18.07-23.07)

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Johor Sultan awarded honorary degree by NUS during visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE: Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was awarded an honorary degree by the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Wednesday (Jul 20).
In a press release, the university said Sultan Ibrahim was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his “integral role in ensuring the peace, progress and prosperity of the State of Johor, and his invaluable contributions towards the strengthening of ties between Singapore and Malaysia”.
NUS said the honorary degree is its highest form of recognition for outstanding individuals who have rendered distinguished service and had a great impact locally and globally.


This is the only Singapore restaurant to make it on the The World's 50 Best Restaurants list

The sole Singapore restaurant that made it through to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 is, to no one’s surprise, the three Michelin-starred Odette at National Gallery Singapore. While Odette placed #8 on last year’s list, 2022 has this French fine-dining restaurant placed at a lower but still a noteworthy #35 – in any case, it’s been on this acclaimed list for years.
Founded in 2015 by Chef Julien Royer in collaboration with local group Lo & See, Odette offers a combination of French cuisine with Asian influences, including Singaporean ones.


Singapore and Australia sign agreement to help combat scams and spam

Singapore and Australia have signed an agreement for enhanced cooperation to combat scams and spam.
Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday (Jul 18), the agencies said in a joint statement on Thursday.
The MOU covers cooperation in key areas such as information sharing and assistance in investigations relating to scams, spam calls and short message services.
They also agreed to exchanges of knowledge, expertise and collaboration on technical and commercially viable solutions in relation to scam and spam communications.


Singapore holds position as Apac air hub as travel restrictions lift globally

Singapore has retained its coveted status as Asia-Pacific’s transit hub, with transit passengers in roughly the same proportion as rival hub Doha in the Middle East, according to bookings data for year-end travel from ForwardKeys.
The Republic is also among the most popular destinations in the region for year-end travellers.
International air bookings recorded by the global air travel analytics company as at Jul 1 for travelling into Asia-Pacific in November and December show Singapore tops the tally — although travel volume is still just 83 per cent of pre-pandemic levels for the city-state.


SUSS and Great Eastern unveil study to understand youth behaviour, attitudes and perceptions

The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) collaborated with Great Eastern to conduct a study on the influence of social media and technology on the behaviour and perceptions of Singapore youths. Titled “Youth in the Digital Space”, the study uncovered their views on topics such as financial planning/goals, education and employment, and the impact of digital communications on youth behaviour, personal beliefs and principles.
The study which started in March 2021 and ended in October 2021, surveyed 2,500 Gen Z Singaporeans aged between 16 and 25 years old -- the first generation who grew up in the digital age.
Findings include the following key points from youth across varying backgrounds:
  • Youths feel that they lack control over their circumstances in their journey towards achieving their life goals. Financial stability is the most important factor influencing their life.
  • Youths recognise and tap on opportunities offered by technology, with more involvement in investments and aspiring to start their own businesses at an earlier age. One out of five respondents below 20 years old is looking at starting up a business. Four in 10 respondents have made some form of financial investment. These processes have been simplified due to digitalisation and the convenience of social media.
From the SUSS and Great Eastern perspectives, it is hoped that understanding the mindsets and challenges of Gen Z will help shine the spotlight on how others can empower youths to cope with the challenges they face at different life stages.