October 28, 2021, by Lisa Chin
Our induction for new postgraduate students
This is your Graduate School
We would like to once again welcome new and returning postgraduate students and remind you that we at the Graduate School together with faculty postgraduate representatives and your supervisors, are here to offer support throughout your postgraduate research journey.
We appreciate that this is an unusual time for our postgraduate students, even more so for those who have just joined us. In our continuous effort to mitigate the impact of this prolonged period of restricted circumstances and allow our new postgraduate students to have the communal feel of a real university environment, particularly postgraduate camaraderie, we continue to run a series of postgraduate inductions amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Welcoming new postgraduate students
We conducted our fourth postgraduate induction this year on Friday 22 October 2021. This induction was specifically targeted at new postgraduate students who were not able to attend our previous induction in July or had joined the University thereafter.
Differently this time, key members from the faculties also joined forces with us in providing a more comprehensive introductory and welcome programme. The inclusion of a session with each respective faculty ensured that the new postgraduate students get to hear about the in-depth faculty support and resources.
The induction started off with a warm welcome address by our Interim Vice Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Andy Chan. “As a research intensive university, we are passionate and proud of our research. We highly value our postgraduate researchers and I want to take this opportunity to officially welcome you to our research community,” said Professor Chan.
“In this academic term, you will see a brand new (refreshed) Graduate School as ambitious endeavours are underway to transform it into a vibrant community for researchers at the University,” continued Professor Chan. This transformative initiative aims to better support the postgraduate research progression, administration and management as we strive to contribute in the delivery of a high-performing, inclusive research ecosystem.
Introducing our roles in supporting your postgraduate and research journey
The induction continued on with a series of introductory presentations by our staff at the Graduate School. In addition to transformative training and development opportunities, the induction also introduced a range of dedicated support and services for postgraduate students.
Discovering more about the postgraduate community on campus
Aside from the details of all-you-need-to-know from us at the Graduate School as a new postgraduate student to the slightly less exciting requirement guidelines, a substantial part of the induction was an introductory presentation about the Postgraduate Students’ Network (PGSN) by Kelvin Tan who is the (outgoing – as his tenure will end in November) Students’ Association (SA) Postgraduate Officer. PGSN is a representative body of postgraduate students at UNM and it plays an important role in enhancing the postgraduate students’ experience at the University.
In addition to PGSN, Kelvin also gave an introductory presentation about SA. SA is the official organisation that represents all students, undergraduate and postgraduate, of the University. There is a wide range of events and activities organised by SA that postgraduate students can join and participate.
You can find out more about PGSN from our blogpost below:
Exploring faculty support and resources
The induction continued on with faculty inductions which offered a detailed walk-through of the specific information, support and resources by the respective faculty.
Welcoming you to our community
We hope the session provided a much needed platform for direct and meaningful communication and engagement between new postgraduate students, PGSN, faculties and us at the Graduate School.
We will continue to cultivate a supportive culture in which our postgraduate community can advance and thrive, even during these unprecedented and uncertain times. We are here to support our postgraduate students and ensure you have a rewarding postgraduate experience.
Once again, welcome on board to our community of world class scholars and outstanding postgraduate students!
Get in touch
As a postgraduate student, you may start your research degree at different times of the year. We send out a welcome email upon request to new postgraduate researchers which contains information about registering on Moodle, university support services and upcoming events as well as training and other opportunities.
We also send a monthly e-newsletter to keep you up to date with upcoming events and activities by us at the Graduate School.