May 26, 2024


Education is everything you need

Prof Tan Tai Yong appointed president of Singapore University of Social Sciences


SINGAPORE – The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) will be getting a new president from Jan 1, 2023.

Professor Tan Tai Yong, 61, will consider about from the school’s present founding president, Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, 68, who has been at the helm of the university since 2005.

In a assertion on Tuesday (July 19), SUSS mentioned: “Beneath Professor Cheong’s management in the earlier 17 a long time, the college grew from strength to strength (from 1,500 students to more than 17,000 students right now) in fulfilling its social mission as a college serving Singaporeans.

“His passion for lifelong learning and executing excellent by means of creating training accessible to folks from all walks of lifetime is just about synonymous with the expansion story of SUSS.”

Prof Tan was earlier president and professor of humanities (record) at Yale-NUS Higher education.

He played an energetic purpose in shaping the college’s educational programme, including its popular curriculum and integrating tutorial and residential existence. He has also held many leadership and advisory roles with the National University of Singapore and numerous cultural, historic and analysis organisations.

Prof Tan, who acquired his doctorate at Cambridge College, is also honorary chairman of the Nationwide Museum of Singapore and co-chair of the Founders’ Memorial Committee.

He served as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2014 to 2015, and was awarded the General public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2009, and the Public Services Medal in 2020.

Prof Tan told The Straits Periods on Tuesday that his new role will involve a “dramatic change of mind”, from top a liberal arts college of about 1,000 college students to heading a greater college that is “inclusive” and focuses on continuous and utilized studying, as perfectly as social science study. 

Some areas he will be shelling out better attention to are making great profession paths for college, developing on research in applied social science, and fund-increasing endeavours. 

“The good thing is that  the university is actually forging ahead, and I just have to catch on,  ride on this momentum and try out to steer it as finest as I can,” he mentioned. 

Mrs Mildred Tan, chairman of the SUSS board of trustees, mentioned that SUSS will advantage enormously from Prof Tan’s “huge knowledge and deep experience”.

Thanking Prof Cheong for his leadership, she said: “His groundbreaking achievements above the many years, the resulting recognition of SUSS as an autonomous university and the outstanding success of our graduate employment surveys are testaments to the admirable contributions by his fantastic leadership. We are grateful for his assistance and unwavering assist.”


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