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NUS Provost's blog on Top 10 list

16 August 2012

Prof Tan in front of his blog that has been included in the Top 10 Best Blogs by University Provosts

NUS Provost's blog has made it to's inaugural list of Top 10 Best Blogs by University Provosts.

The only non-American choice featured, Professor Tan Eng Chye's blog "The NUS Provost Contemplates" highlights educational and academia-based discussions. He provides perspectives on important issues to help the school with continued advancement and invites readers to become stakeholders in the school.

One of his most recent posts looks at a survey that showed honesty, kindness and gratitude being identified as top values for the Singaporeans interviewed. He examines whether these values are helpful when it comes to advancement in inventions and cultivating Nobel laureates.

According to, a website that engages with the online and campus-based colleges and universities around the world, Prof Tan's blog was chosen for his great insight into the NUS academic processes and culture, which was stimulating and more informative than most. The Top 10 list was created based on breadth of information, diversity of thought, feelings of openness and inclusion, particularly transparency towards the campus community.

Prof Tan was pleasantly surprised by the selection. "One thought that came to my mind was that there are very few provosts who blog!" he said with humour. As the only non-American provost on the list, he felt encouraged by the recognition as such university blogs are predominantly put up by American and Western institutions.

On what motivated him to blog, Prof Tan said: "It's one way to engage students, to listen to their thoughts, to understand what they need and what they want. It's very important for us as senior administrators to have a better understanding of students and their needs."

With key messages in each blog, he hopes to build a strong case on why students should think about certain issues covered in the article.

Prof Tan has been very heartened by the comments from readers comprising students, alumni and non-NUS audience, noting that most of them are very considered, mature, and well thought-through. These responses are collated and shared with deans during discussions, he revealed.