Newshub - NUS' News Portal

J Y Pillay appointed as Rector of University Town's third residential college

11 October 2011

(From left) Prof Tan Eng Chye, Prof J Y Pillay and Assoc Prof Adeline Seow during a press briefing to share about the third residential college
NUS has appointed renowned policy maker J Y Pillay, an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, as Rector of the third and latest residential college of its University Town (UTown); and Assoc Prof Adeline Seow of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health as the College Master.

Commenting on Prof Pillay's appointment, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye said: "With his illustrious career in both the civil service and corporate world, our students would greatly benefit from his rich industry experience and acquire practical life skills that will serve them well when they enter the workforce."

Prof Pillay had made significant contributions to the economy and development of Singapore. He was Permanent Secretary of various key ministries, including finance, defence and national development. He had been Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation as well as Chairman of Singapore Exchange, the Development Bank of Singapore and Temasek Holdings. He is best known for his role in developing Singapore Airlines into a world-class company; and continues to actively contribute in various capacities including as Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisors.

Prof Pillay said that he hopes to use his experience in the government and corporate sector to guide and shape the college's programme and environment.

As a non-residential, non-executive head of the College, the Rector together with the Master will map the strategic directions and help shape the academic tone of the residential college. The Rector will also facilitate programmes and visits of distinguished visitors for the College and work with the Master to build a sense of community and belonging among residents and Fellows. The appointments of both the Rector and the Master are for a three-year term.

Said Assoc Prof Seow: "It is a privilege to be able to contribute to something that could radically influence, in a positive sense, the university experience of many students. I am delighted at the prospect of working with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines who are passionate about teaching, and who are keen to share their expertise to help in developing the College."

Opening in August 2012, College 3 plans to focus its modules around active citizenship and community engagement. Residents will also be able to go through a "Capstone Experience" which offers practical hands on learning so as to gain insights on issues in society.

Prof Pillay said: "Our vision is for the College to provide a supportive and enriching learning environment for the students. In this increasingly globalised and complex world, we believe that it is important for our students to be immersed in an environment that would not only allow them to stretch intellectually, but also acquire relevant skills that would give them a competitive advantage in the working world. We hope that this will inspire them to give back to society when they have the means to do so."