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Tan Chorh Chuan re-elected as IARU Chair

21 April 2011

RE-ELECTED: NUS President serving a second two-year term as IARU Chair

LATEST IARU PRESIDENTS' MEETING: University Presidents and representatives at the April 2011 meeting in New York
NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan has been re-elected Chair of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) for a second two-year term, from April 2011 to March 2013. His re-appointment was announced at the recent IARU Presidents' Meeting at Yale Club, New York City from 6 to 7 April 2011.

On his re-election, Prof Tan said: "Over the past six years, IARU member universities have developed close and warm working relationships as we jointly pursued innovative programmes that have proven beneficial to the group and beyond. It has been a great pleasure to work with such talented partners and a true honour to be re-elected to serve as IARU Chair for a further term".

IARU, formed in late 2005, is a partnership among 10 of the world's leading research-intensive universities which share similar visions for higher education, in particular the education of future leaders. The Alliance seeks to jointly address critical issues and challenges faced by universities in the fast-changing global higher education landscape.

Over the past two years under Prof Tan's Chairmanship, IARU has defined and advanced three major strategic directions: global education initiatives aimed at providing students in IARU with distinctive learning opportunities that enhance their cross-cultural understanding of issues and perspectives; collaborative platforms for sharing ideas and working on important institutional issues; and jointly tackling a grand challenge in the form of driving for greater campus environmental sustainability within IARU.

IARU currently has about 20 thriving initiatives, including a wide range of campus sustainability programmes and efforts, a very popular Global Summer Programme, a study on the value of research intensive universities, and the annual Alumni Associations Summit which brings together Alumni Directors from IARU universities.

The small size and close working relationship within IARU, has resulted in a deep and extensive level of engagement among its member institutions.

The April 2011 IARU Presidents' Meeting featured very stimulating discussions on the internationalisation strategies of universities in relation to China, a lively exchange of perspectives on the key trends in global higher education, and decisions on extending the very successful campus sustainability and other joint programmes.

Besides attending the meeting, Prof Tan was also present at an alumni function arranged by Yale University. Close to 200 alumni from all 10 IARU institutions turned up for the event, including NUS alumni based in New York who took the opportunity to interact with their university president.