GEOFFREY BARTHOLOMEW PROFESSORSHIP (2005)
Legal scholar, teacher and Dean, Professor Geoffrey Bartholomew spent just 13 years in Singapore, but the relationship was for life. Not only did those years set off a life-long passion for Singapore’s legal system and history, he set alight the minds of his students, who went on to glittering careers – 10 Supreme Court judges, Police Commissioners, Ambassadors, academics and politicians. Among them were Ambassador-at-large Prof Tommy Koh (’61), Senior Minister Prof S Jayakumar (’63) and former Supreme Court judge and CapitaLand Director Dr Philip N Pillai (’71).
Considered the most important post-War historian of Singapore’s legal history, Prof Bartholomew came to Singapore in 1960 to teach commercial and family law at the University of Malaya (NUS’ predecessor institution). He was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1966 to 1968. He remained as professor till 1976. His seminal research and writing form the substantial part of the foundations of legal literature and legal history in Singapore and Malaysia.
As a teacher, Prof Bartholomew was “refreshing, provocative and stimulating”, said Mr Chan Sek Keong (’61), retired Chief Justice of Singapore. He had an encyclopaedic mind and spoke spontaneously. His classes involved neither lecture notes nor a suggested reading list, which greatly discomfited his Conflicts of Law class, recalled Dr Pillai. But he challenged his students intellectually to look beyond the material they were studying. He passed away in 2005.
NUS established the Geoffrey Bartholomew Professorship to further inspirational legal scholarship and teaching. It enables the Faculty to engage legal experts to teach and help ensure that the faculty consistently provides the best legal education possible to the students.
The drive to establish the Professorship was spearheaded by Dr Pillai and received gifts from the pillars of the legal profession in Singapore, including Dr Pillai, Rajah &Tann LLP, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Drew & Napier LLC and Shook Lin & BokLLP.
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GEORGE EDWIN BOGAARS PROFESSORSHIP IN HISTORY (2015)
Singapore’s exemplary civil service owes much to Mr George Bogaars, one of the stalwarts of the pioneer generation, whose stellar career encapsulates the country’s progress – from decolonisation to independence and successful nationhood.
Born in 1926, Mr Bogaars became one of the first locals to be admitted to the colonial civil service as part of the ‘Malayanisation’ project. He made a big impression and when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959, he was tasked with reorganising the Special Branch, forerunner of today’s Internal Security Department, becoming its first Singaporean head. For the next 22 years, Mr Bogaars served in nearly every pivotal appointment in the civil service, including as its Head from 1968-1975. The superb administrative machine that did so much to build a successful Singapore owes much to Mr Bogaars’ service in critical senior appointments: Defence, Foreign Affairs, Economic Development, Treasury.
In 1981, he became Chairman at Keppel Shipyard and then National Iron and Steel Mills, continuing to further the country’s economic development at these key industries.
One of the earliest graduates of the Department of History at the University of Malaya, Mr Bogaars’ love of history and scholarship is reflected in his Masters thesis, which analysed issues that remained of pressing importance to Singapore, including the relationship between private enterprise and the state in the all important shipping industry and port.
NUS established the George Edwin Bogaars Professorship at the Department of History. The Professorship will reinforce the study of the history of government and politics, particularly, the role of the state in economic life and development, a theme close to Mr Bogaars’ heart.
The Professorship is spearheaded by Mr Lim Soo Peng, former Member of Parliament for Havelock, Mr Ang Kong Hua, a member of the Board of Directors of Sembcorp, and Ms Pang Cheng Lian, who worked for Mr Bogaars at the Ministry of the Interior and Defence. Friends, colleagues and family of Mr Bogaar shave made generous gifts in support of this Professorship.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES SINGAPORE PTE LTD PROFESSORSHIP IN ENGINEERING (1996)
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world’s first full-service semiconductor foundry with a truly global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company has quickly achieved scale as the second largest foundry in the world, providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 160 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany and the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the flexibility and security of manufacturing centres spanning three continents. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by the Mubadala Development Corporation based in Abu Dhabi.
The company is uniquely positioned in having the resources and the capability to ramp up production and be an industry leader as demand rises for mobility applications such as smartphones and tablets.
The company is committed to ethical and responsible business practices, the well-being of employees and the protection of the environment. They contribute to the communities in which they operate through volunteer activities, financial support or by promoting education, health and other services. For example, in Singapore, they support the Singapore Children’s Cancer Foundation Hair for Hope programme.
Electronics is a pillar of Singapore’s manufacturing sector, contributing to more than 50 percent of the world’s electronics output. The semiconductor industry has played an important role in the country’s economic growth since the first investments more than 40 years ago. As technology changes, Singapore needs to train people to handle the sophisticated machinery and come up with innovative solutions.
NUS established the Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd Professorship in Engineering in 1996. This became the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore Pte Ltd Professorship following the company’s acquisition.
The Professorship has enabled the University to engage eminent professors to share their expertise and experience, and participate in research and education with other faculty members. Particular emphasis is given to the contributions and insights they can offer to Singapore and its ever-growing regional and international role in this field.
GOH KENG SWEE PROFESSORSHIP IN ECONOMICS (1996)
As the economic and social architect of modern Singapore, Dr Goh Keng Swee overturned established economic principles with spectacular success. The thinking in the 1950s was that emerging economies required state protectionism and heavy government spending to break out of the poverty trap. Instead, Dr Goh, as Singapore’s first Minister for Finance (1959–1965), encouraged free trade and direct investment by foreign companies while the government followed a policy of prudence. From 1960 to 1969, Singapore’s per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) more than doubled.
Known for his analytical approach to challenging situations, Dr Goh was assigned some of the toughest jobs in government. In turn, he put in place institutions that are intrinsic to Singapore today.
Among them are Jurong Industrial Estate (JTC Corporation), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS). He retired in 1984 as Deputy Prime Minister.
Born in Malacca, Dr Goh graduated from Raffles College (NUS’ predecessor institution) with a distinction in Economics. He was Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s economics tutor. Later, Mr Lee said about Dr Goh, “A whole generation of Singaporeans take their present standard of living for granted because you had laid the foundations of the economy of modern Singapore.”
NUS established the Goh Keng Swee Professorship in Economics to honour a distinguished alumnus. The Professorship has enabled the Department to welcome eminent professors in a wide range of fields in economics to contribute to its research programmes, teach, and give public lectures.
The Goh Keng Swee Professorship was established with generous gifts from corporations and eminent individuals. Among them were members of the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS), City Developments Ltd, Far East Organization, Lien Foundation, National Trades Union Congress, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd, Overseas Union Bank Ltd, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore Technologies, the Development Bank of Singapore Ltd, and the United Overseas Bank Ltd.