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Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press launch first 10 titles of the 50-volume “Singapore Chronicles” series

Singapore, 10 December 2015 - The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), together with Straits Times Press (STP), today launched the first 10 titles of the 50-volume “Singapore Chronicles” series. Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance, was the guest-of-honour at the launch on the NUS Bukit Timah campus.

The list of 10 titles are: Colonial Singapore; Constitution; Defence; Diplomacy; Education; Eurasians; Heritage; Indians; Law; and Presidency. More information about the books and their authors can be found in the Annex.

The “Singapore Chronicles” series was first announced in 2014 by IPS, Singapore’s only think-tank dedicated to domestic public policy research.

The books chronicle the evolution of Singapore on a variety of fronts, from governance to the economy, from food and sports to the CPF and our flora and fauna. Each volume in the series is designed as a primer on the subject, focusing on its essential aspects and giving a historical perspective. Between 100 and 150 pages long, each is written by subject experts from the public sector, academia and journalism. The choice of 50 volumes is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence in 2015.

IPS Special Research Adviser Arun Mahizhnan, the Series Editor; project consultant Asad Latif; and IPS Research Assistant Sim Jui Liang led the project.

Mr Janadas Devan, IPS Director, said: “These volumes seek to be as objective as possible. We also asked the authors to make sure their accounts are accessible to the intelligent lay reader, especially young Singaporeans. We did not seek academic tomes or strive to have the last word on any particular subject.”

Mr Arun Mahizhnan, IPS Special Research Adviser, said: “IPS selected authors who are experts in their own domains and also aware of the civic purpose of such general series. They had to be concise without being sketchy. Anyone reading these volumes will realise that they have done a remarkable job of précis writing.”

Ms Susan Long, General Manager of Straits Times Press, said: “It is an honour to be the publisher of this well thought out collection of books that document almost every aspect of life in Singapore and our most beloved institutions. We hope it will grace every library and school in Singapore.”
The books are available in leading bookstores and each volume costs $16 (inclusive of GST). The remaining 40 titles of the “Singapore Chronicles” series will be published over the course of 2016. Enquiries about the series can be directed to

Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Ms Lynn Lee
Associate Director (Public Affairs)
Institute of Policy Studies
DID: +65 6516 8380


Ms Athena Kang
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: +65 6319 1225


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