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NUS confers Honorary Doctor of Letters on accomplished government leader Philip Yeo

04 July 2011

Mr Yeo conferred Honorary Doctor of Letters at NUS Commencement 2011

Chairman of SPRING Singapore Mr Philip Yeo Liat Kok received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from NUS at the University's Main Commencement Ceremony on 4 July 2011. This conferment is in recognition of Mr Yeo's distinguished service and significant contributions to the University, to Singapore and beyond.

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said that Mr Yeo's curiosity, zest for learning and strong spirit of public service are an inspiration to the NUS community. He also remarked that Mr Yeo "lives life at a pace that leaves the rest of us breathless. Yet he always has time for young people, for his scholars and for his colleagues and friends."

"It is fitting that NUS today honours one of its most illustrious alumni: someone who has transformed our economy, created thousands of high quality jobs, inspired so many of us to believe that individuals do make a difference, and that Singapore's destiny is in our hands," said Dean of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Prof John Wong who gave the citation on Mr Yeo at the ceremony.

Looking back on his career, Mr Yeo shared that it was neither accomplishments nor advancements that was memorable to him. "What has been memorable is the fun I have had in all the jobs I have held! What is fulfilling is to see what new opportunities my work has generated for others. And finally, the friendships I have built along the way have made it an enjoyable journey!"

As Chairman of SPRING Singapore, Mr Yeo guides the agency with the mission of enabling and growing local enterprises. Mr Yeo is currently also the Special Advisor for Economic Development at the Prime Minister's Office, and a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts in Public Administration.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr Yeo is best known for his important contributions in developing talents and creating jobs for Singapore while at the Economic Development Board and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Formerly the Permanent Secretary (Defence) and founding Chairman of the National Computer Board, Mr Yeo had also played a critical role in the development of the Singapore Technologies Group, SembCorp and CapitaLand.

To read more on Mr Yeo's conferment and achievements, please see
- Citation
- Acceptance speech