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Temasek Foundation-NUS Programme for Leadership in University Management launched

06 March 2012

Prof Tan (right) presenting Mr Cheong with a token of appreciation during the launch of the TF-NUS programme

(From left) Distinguished guests included Mr Phillip Tan, NUS Board of Trustees member; Mr Cheong; Mrs Kamsiah Binti Kamaruddin, Deputy High Commissioner of the High Commission of Malaysia; Ms Jennie Chua, TF Deputy Chairman; Prof Tan; Her Excellency Madam Sin Serey, Ambassador of the Embassy of Cambodia; Mr Edward D'Silva, NUS Board of Trustees member and Prof Saw Swee Hock, NUS Board of Trustees member

NUS and Temasek Foundation (TF) have jointly launched the TF-NUS Programme for Leadership in University Management, aimed at creating a platform for Asian university leaders to discuss issues and share experiences related to university governance and management.

With Asia's rapid resurgence and prominence on the world stage, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan believes that universities here have unique opportunities to excel and make distinctive contributions globally, even in the face of intensified international competition.

The launch of the programme, held on 5 March, is timely as it "serves as a platform where breakthrough ideas and practices for the management of Asian universities are shared and learned, generated and advanced by all participants", noted Prof Tan.

Some 60 delegates from 17 ASEAN universities will gather during the five-day programme and participate in roundtable, workshop and dialogue sessions. The topics include Asian higher education in the 21st century; faculty appointment, development and retention; educational philosophy and curriculum reform; internationalisation; entrepreneurship in academia; and quality assurance framework. There will also be activities facilitated by members of the NUS senior management.

On this new initiative supported by TF through a grant of S$700,000 over two years, Mr Benedict Cheong, TF Chief Executive Officer, said: "This programme is very much in line with our efforts to develop human and social capital by supporting programmes that enhance capabilities in the education sector."

In addition to the TF-NUS Programme for Leadership in University Management, TF has partnered NUS on 11 distinctive programmes. These are designed to bring about the institutionalisation of learning and a long-term positive impact on Asian communities in areas such as education, health care and public management.