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IAAP members call on NUS

11 November 2010

LAB TOUR: Director of the Mechanobiology Institute Prof Michael Sheetz (far left) giving an overview of the Institute's activities to IAAP members

NETWORKING: (From left) University of California, Santa Barbara Chancellor Dr Henry Yang, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Director Prof Sanjay Dhande and NUS Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Wong Ngit Liong having a friendly chat with students

AT THE ISTANA : The IAAP delegation at a dinner hosted by Singapore President S R Nathan
Eleven members of the International Academic Advisory Panel (IAAP) visited NUS on 10 November as part of the programme of the 8th IAAP meeting which is held from 8 to 12 November 2010. Themed "Transforming University Education for the New Economy", panel members will discuss the latest developments and progress of the country's university sector and recommend strategies to further increase the sector's impact and contribution to Singapore at the 8th IAAP meeting.

At NUS, the IAAP members were presented with an overview of the University before they visited the Mechanobiology Institute, one of Singapore's five national-level Research Centres of Excellence. A campus tour which included the upcoming University Town wrapped up the programme at the University. Students from the NUS Overseas Colleges and University Scholars Programme had the opportunity to network and exchange views with the IAAP members during a tea reception.

Earlier this week, IAAP members attended a dinner hosted by Singapore President S R Nathan. The delegation will also call on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and interact with prominent industry and public sector representatives during their stay in Singapore.

Incepted in 1997 by the Ministry of Education, the IAAP aims to advise Singapore's universities on major trends and directions in university education and research as well as provide guidance on the development of Singapore's tertiary sector. These directions include attracting talent and strengthening Singapore's reputation as an education and talent hub in Asia.

IAAP members comprise 12 distinguished academics and heads of universities and industry from China, Finland, India, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The IAAP, which meets every two years, last convened in June 2008.