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Indian educational delegation attends leadership programme at NUS

6 Sep 2013

(From left) Prof Tan, Dr M N Bandyopadhyay, Director of National Institute of Technology, Calicut, and Dr John Tharappel Devasia, Principal of Government College of Engineering, Kannur, sharing their experiences on university management
As Asia enters an era of resurgence, higher education in the region has unique opportunities to leapfrog and rise, said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. He made this observation at the keynote session of the Temasek Foundation – NUS Programme for Leadership in University Management on 3 September 2013.

The first university management leadership programme organised specially for Indian educational leaders by NUS in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Planning Commission, the three-day programme held at NUS was attended by some 30 presidents and principals of institutions from India selected by MHRD. The programme aims to provide a platform for the participants and senior management of NUS to share experiences and exchange views on university management, and is partially funded by Temasek Foundation.

Sharing his thoughts on university governance and global talent management, Prof Tan highlighted the opportunities and challenges for Asian universities to move from highly specialised education models to broader-based ones, so as to prepare graduates for a “lifetime of careers” and not a “career-for-life”.  He also pointed out that Asian universities need to develop distinctive strengths and new pathways to innovation, application and commercialisation of knowledge in an environment of much greater local and global competition.

The participants had lively dialogues and discussions on topics covering IT enhanced learning; internationalisation; faculty recruitment, development and retention; innovative educational programmes; entrepreneurship in academia; research strategy; and international benchmarking. The sessions were facilitated by NUS senior administrators.

The delegates also heard insights from Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) on developing scientific talent for Singapore.

Professor V Lakshmi Praba, Principal of Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, commented that the sessions were very useful. She said: “We find that there is a lot of autonomy and planning that is going into the establishment of [universities like NUS] and you have a mixture of local and foreign people that makes [university governance] more unique when comparing to the Indian system.…the policy-making people [in India] are only Indians so that is the difference we see in the setting up of NUS.”

NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye and Temasek Foundation CEO Mr Benedict Cheong co-hosted a dinner reception for the participants at the Conrad Centennial Hotel on 5 September. Her Excellency Shrimati Vijay Thakur Singh, High Commissioner of India in Singapore, graced the occasion.

By Office of the Vice-President (University and Global Relations)