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NUS President visits India

27 March 2013

Prof Tan (left) speaking at the public lecture chaired by Prof Prakash at the India International Centre

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan started his 4-day visit to India on 25 March at the invitation of the Indian Planning Commission, the University of Hyderabad and the India International Centre.

The first day saw him having a full schedule in Delhi. He conducted a workshop at the Planning Commission on the topic of "The role of IT-enhanced learning in higher education for the future", which was attended by participants from about 20 leading institutions of higher learning, including IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay.

After analysing how the use of technology might disrupt higher education and the possible responses that universities could adopt, Prof Tan shared NUS' approach in IT-enhanced learning. In the ensuing lively discussions, especially on the issue of change management, Prof Tan emphasised that the use of technology must be driven by clear academic goals, and should be student-centric. He underscored that IT-enhanced learning is a means to the goal of better learning outcomes, and highlighted some examples of practices in NUS.

At a public lecture chaired by Prof Ved Prakash, Chairman of University Grants Commission of India, Prof Tan spoke on "The role of liberal education in the future of Asia". He outlined the major reasons why educational breadth with rigour has become even more crucial in nurturing graduates who can deal more effectively with a complex and volatile world, as well as the role that liberal arts education can play. He also explained the vision of Yale-NUS College, Singapore's first liberal arts college formed through a partnership between NUS and Yale University.

During this trip, Prof Tan will also deliver the Distinguished Lecture on Public Health at the University of Hyderabad, and give the Institute Colloquium on the future of higher education at IIT Bombay.

He will also host an NUS alumni event in Delhi, and meet friends and supporters of the University in Delhi and Mumbai.