Although the start of the Academic Year is associated with an influx of new students to the National University of Singapore (NUS), it is also when academics, respected authorities in their particular fields, arrive from the four corners of the world to take up new roles as Named Professors. Named Professorships, which are only possible thanks to the generosity of individuals and institutions, allow NUS to attract and retain outstanding faculty and take the University to new heights of excellence.
Among this year’s new intake, Professor Robert Klitgaard joins the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) as the second Li Ka Shing Distinguished Professor. A Professor at Claremont Graduate University in California, where he served as President from 2005-2009, Prof Klitgaard was previously Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School in California. He has taught at the Yale School of Management and at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and has advised a variety of governments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is the author of the 1990 book, Tropical Gangsters, which was selected by the New York Times as one of its “books of the century.”
Prof Klitgaard was preceded as Li Ka Shing Professor by Kofi Annan whose programme at the LKYSPP included dialogue sessions with students and faculty, a public lecture and meetings with high-level government officials.
Professor Tan Yock Lin, a Professor of Law with varied research interests in the conflict of laws, the law of evidence and equity and trusts, is joining the Faculty of Law as Geoffrey Bartholomew Professor. At the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Professor Sam Scherer, a specialist in Geriatric Medicine, is assuming a visiting appointment under the Parkway Professorship in Geriatrics.
The School of Computing has the honour of welcoming Professor Joxan Jaffar, a specialist in program verification and analysis and constraint logic programming, as Tan Sri Runme Shaw Chair Professor.
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