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Recognising excellence in education, research and service

29 April 2011

HONOURED: Proud recipients of this year's NUS University Awards

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS: (Second and third person from left) Mr Tony Chew and Prof Shih Choon Fong, with NUS Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Wong Ngit Liong (extreme left) and NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (extreme right)
Eleven outstanding individuals were honoured for their exceptional achievements and commitment to excellence in education, research and service at the NUS University Awards 2011 held at the University Cultural Centre on 29 April. The award categories and recipients were:

Outstanding Service Award
Recognises sustained meritorious service rendered to the University, to Singapore, and the global community
  • Mr Tony Chew Leong-Chee, Chairman, Duke-NUS Governing Board
  • Prof Shih Choon Fong, President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Distinguished Visiting Professor, NUS Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Outstanding Educator Award
Recognises faculty members who have excelled in engaging and inspiring students in their discovery of knowledge
  • Mr Cheah Kok Ming, Department of Architecture, School of Design & Environment
  • Prof Koh Khee Meng, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
  • Assoc Prof Joel Lee Tye Beng, Faculty of Law
  • Assoc Prof Bruce Lockhart, Department of History, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Outstanding Researcher Award
Recognises established researchers for their strong track record and overall impact in research
  • Prof Jagadese J Vittal, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Young Researcher Award
Recognises researchers below 40 years of age for their achievements and promise in research
  • Assoc Prof Chng Wee Joo, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Assoc Prof Gong Jiangbin, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science
  • Dr Liu Xiaogang, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Assoc Prof Yu Haifeng, Department of Computer Science, School of Computing

Highlighting these individuals as inspiring examples of resolute commitment and achievement of excellence, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said at the awards ceremony that "they are challenging us through their example, to constantly push to excel beyond ourselves and others. They shine because of their individual talent and determination. But they also remind us how vital it is to have an environment and culture that fiercely values excellence, that always strives to be self-surpassing."

For NUS to build such a culture of excellence, to create real impact and value, he said it will require the collective impulse and collaborative effort of the NUS community to make the University a transformative place for its people, and a leading global university centred in Asia.

In this respect, special mention was due to the two distinguished Outstanding Service Award recipients for their significant contributions to NUS. Prof Tan said former NUS President Prof Shih Choon Fong, who helmed the University from 2000 to 2008, had led NUS on a remarkable path of surpassing itself and that "under his leadership, NUS made great strides forward to become a well-respected global university."

As for Mr Tony Chew, Prof Tan said as Chairman of Duke-NUS, he had "set new benchmarks in visionary leadership and commitment" and "his leadership has helped the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School gain a strong reputation for excellence and innovation in the short time since it was started."

For more highlights of the NUS University Awards 2011 and to view the event webcast, please click here.