Singapore has reinforced its position on the international stage on the basis of being an educational hub of academic which is presented as an attraction of top players in the region as well as around the world in the era of increased competition(Parmar, et al. 2010). The Asian model of liberal art in the contextual comparison of other nations on a global scale is actually held in the admiration and emulation of the increased variation from the humanistic endeavors of Tagore in the case of Indian and Korean models. Enthusiasts of the liberal arts in Singapore have alluded this field of study in large to the positive performance of standard tests in science that is normally held in Asia. We can examine the liberal arts scene in Singapore the possibilities it offers to the South East Asian nation such as the promotion or even permission of robust debates that are critical in regard to political issues.
In Singapore interestingly enough, there have been discoveries of dogmatism of based on the traditional approach, rote based learning as well as the passivity of students in the counter production even from the view of achievement in the areas of business as well as industry. These sectors have both been introduced to reforms that can possibly be defined as being held in the spirit of Tagorean in the context of liberal studies (Wagner, et al. 2011). The reforms is Singapore's business services and industrial sectors are based on the focus of solving challenges, creativity of students as well as cultivating interest in the field of arts and liberal science. Nonetheless even in the face of these kind of reforms that are actually implemented with evidence presenting the suggestion of the transformations being merely superficial. That do not address the essential dogmatic and fear ridden attributes of teaching as well as learning on matters of politics. Before this approach is launched on a national scale, there is need to examine the two caveats of the educational system of Singapore. The first caveat concerns the several studies that are availed in emphasis of policy instead of implementation and as such they do notactual provide assistance in what is actually being implemented on ground. With the studies extending beyond the point of the official statements identified in extensive discrepancies among theories and practical applications(Griseri& Nina, 2010). In the second caveat we are presented with the restrictions of criticism of the government as well as literature based documentation in the possibility of extension. As well as in to a certain extent extended to certain foreign scholars that are provided with the research that are needed in the form of permits.
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium: Corporate Philanthropy CaseStudy
Holiday Inn Singapore is a subsidiary of the InterContinental Hotel Group that boast of over 300 employees. The company made a decision of embarking on corporate philanthropy on the basis of the strengthened focus of corporate responsibility by the company's parent company. The philanthropy journey was undertaken through the approach of environmental sustainability which was employed by the use of an online proprietary resource for the measurement of day to day impact upon the environment(Wong, 2011). This measurement was extended to other hotels that were participants in the hotel's philanthropy initiative Responsible Business is fronted as being among the main priorities that act as a guide to the approaches of the operationally of the hotel. These initiatives all originate from the directives based on the four main arenas of reduction of the impact on the environment by related industry players, community support, risk management as well as provision of a safe environment for hotel services.
FoodXervices Inc.: Corporate Philanthropy CaseStudy
Another case study company is FoodXervices Inc. that is placed in the highly salient food service industry of Singapore in the face of a rapid population as experienced in growth over the years. This has created a demand by consumers of improved food selections and food services based providers in maintaining with the trends of the market in service of the need. The company has restricted its operations in an approach that allows it to keep abrest with events of the time of corporate philanthropy. Even so the company has remained enshrined in its foundation of availing great care to all its corporate philanthropy initiatives from customer service to treatment of workmates as well as how business operations are conducted with partners.
Fuji Xerox: Corporate Philanthropy CaseStudy
Fuji Xerox is a brand formulated in Singapore as joint venture with between FujiFilm and Xerox for the development, production and sell of xerographic in addition to products related to documents and services. The company's operations are confined to the Asia-Pacific region with the company being entirely under the ownership by the parent company as a subsidiary. It was from its initial position that the company avails customers with technology in duplication of information on the format of paper. Over the years the company has developed to involving innovation within its business models. Although this business essence that is aimed at providing assistance to clients and society at large while fostering an understanding that is mutual using improved communication, there is change yet to be seen on ground. At this point, the company has made the decision of shifting its business philosophy to take onto a corporate philanthropic approach. This involves undertaking business on the basis of integrity so as to construct and retain customer trust as a core pillar of the business ethos of the company. The company in its philanthropic strategies is aimed at providing safety to its customers such as the measure of changing features in its machines as in the past its printers used drums and toner powder that was dusty. It was established that long term exposure to such dust was harmful to the lives of its customers. This created a commitment towards product delivery that did not present any harm to its customers in terms of health and physical safety. Recommendations to improve corporate philanthropy in Singapore
Cerebos Pacific: Corporate Philanthropy Case Study
Cerebos Pacific is yet another company whose history can be traced to France in the era of dry pouring salt as an invention. The company's approach to corporate philanthropy has undergone evolution to a company that seeks the demonstration of commitment that is positive in the lives of people to one with the adoption of the philosophy of Triple Bottom Line. This approach places environmental account and social performance in augmentation of financial performance.
Recommendations to improve corporate philanthropy in Singapore
The workforce in Singapore has continued to diversify on the years with employees from varied generations, nationalities as well as cultures normally working in cooperation in similar companies and industries alike. The recommendation is that with such diversification in the workforce, it is crucial that construct a workplace that is inclusive and harmonious (Franco,et al. 2011). By creating such a workplace environment the benefit is that the company will be able to extend its appreciation for its employees through corporate philanthropy initiatives with the aim of maximization of the potential variation among employees. It will also provide an enhancement to the reputation of those seeking employment and permitting them to attract the best employees in the market place(Graser, 2011). This is because employees that feel valued as well as rewarded through the engagement of corporate philanthropy as well as being a motivational boost. The added benefit is to be a drive to engagement of the employees and commitment to lower turnover to average levels.
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