KEPPEL CHAIR PROFESSORSHIP (2002)
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O & M), a subsidiary of Singapore conglomerate Keppel Corporation, is the world’s largest offshore and marine groups with a strong network of 20 yards worldwide. Starting life as a humble ship repair yard, Keppel O&M is today a global brand with a diversified portfolio offering cutting-edge technology to its clients.
As part of the Keppel Group, Keppel O & M believes in nurturing and empowering the communities in which they operate because “as our communities thrive, we thrive”. Keppel Care Foundation, a registered charity under Singapore’s charity act, coordinates and sustains the Keppel Group’s community contributions to provide assistance to the underprivileged, promote education and encourage eco-friendly initiatives.
In recognition of the support from Keppel O & M, NUS established the Keppel Professorship in Ocean, Offshore and Marine Technology in 2002 as the first initiative In developing Singapore into a Center of Excellence for this field. The offshore and marine industry is a major contributor to Singapore’s economy. With the establishment of the Keppel Chair Professorship (KCP) Programme, Keppel has supported the initiation of research projects, as well as technology development in the offshore and marine industry since 2002. A public lecture is also conducted annually by an eminent academic or industry professional. The Centre for Offshore Research & Engineering (CORE) was set up in 2003 to promote multi-disciplinary research and development in off shore and marine. It also aims to draw expertise from the various departments in the Faculty of Engineering to work on integrated R & D.
In 2012, Keppel Care Foundation made a subsequent contribution to NUS to further the work of the professorship through the Keppel Chair Professorship.
KHOO OON TEIK PROFESSORSHIP IN NEPHROLOGY (1999)
He witnessed the agonising death of his brother from chronic kidney failure and was determined to save others from a similar fate. That resolution, made by Dr Khoo Oon Teik, ‘Father of Nephrology’ and founder of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), was to save the lives of many kidney patients.
Before dialysis became available in Singapore, 200 patients used to die every year from kidney failure. In 1961, Dr Khoo brought the first dialysis machine to Singapore and organised training for doctors and nurses. He also set up the country’s first renal unit at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), which has since trained many of Singapore’s nephrologists. Dr Khoo soon realised that dialysis charges were unaffordable for many. In 1969, he set up NKF to help those who could not afford the treatments. He advocated for publicly funded rehabilitation programmes and subsidised dialysis.
Dr Khoo’s leadership and far-sightedness were critical factors in the steady growth of NKF. Today, it is the largest dialysis provider, serving more than 90 per cent of needy kidney failure sufferers in Singapore.
Born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1912, Dr Khoo came to Singapore to study medicine at the King Edward VII School of Medicine (NUS’ predecessor) at the age of 16. He later taught at NUS and became Chairman of the Department of Medicine. He passed away in 2012.
With support from NKF, NUS established the Khoo Oon Teik Professorship in Nephrology.
This Professorship enables the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, in close collaboration with NKF and other renal care providers, to perform research on the mechanisms responsible for renal disease and its progression; identify those at higher risk of developing chronic kidney failure; find ways to mitigate progression of kidney disease; and develop strategies to improve treatment for end stage renal disease. It also funds visits by a world-class expert to advise local doctors and researchers.
Photo from the Private Collection of Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew
KWA GEOK CHOO PROFESSORSHIP IN PROPERTY LAW (2011)
Madam Kwa Geok Choo led a life of many ‘firsts’. The first Asian woman to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Law at Cambridge University (in 1949), she later co-founded Lee & Lee, which became one of Singapore’s biggest law firms.
Born in 1920, Madam Kwa broke boundaries from a young age, but with quietude and dignity, which were to remain the hallmarks of her personality. She participated in the tumultuous birth and progress of a nation as the wife of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Described as “steel and silk in equal parts”, she had been the only girl at Raffles Institution. She stood first in the Senior Cambridge Examination in Malaya and Singapore. She joined Raffles College (NUS’ predecessor), graduating with a First Class Diploma in Arts and winning the Queen’s Scholarship to Cambridge University.
Madam Kwa was a highly respected conveyance lawyer for more than 40 years. A founding member of the People’s Action Party, Madam Kwa helped draft its constitution. When Singapore separated from the Federation of Malaysia, she helped draft the constitutional provisions guaranteeing the two Johor Water Agreements.
A devoted wife, who once joked that she walked two steps behind her husband metaphorically, she was nonetheless one of the pioneer advocates for Singapore women’s rights. Many of the ideas she advocated – legal protection for women and equality at the workplace – led to the introduction of the Women’s Charter in 1961.
NUS established the Kwa Geok Choo Professorship in Property Law to honour the memory of a leading property lawyer and her values of excellence and integrity. The Professorship will contribute to the research and teaching of Property Law, which is of vital interest especially in a land-scarce country like Singapore. The Professorship is supported by gifts from Ngee Ann Kongsi, Keppel Corporation Limited, Singapore Press Holdings Limited, Sembcorp Industries Limited and Rajah & Tann Foundation.
KWAN IM THONG HOOD CHO TEMPLE PROFESSORSHIP IN HUMANITIES (2012)
KWAN IM THONG HOOD CHO TEMPLE PROFESSORSHIP IN CONSERVATION (2012)
KWAN IM THONG HOOD CHO TEMPLE PROFESSORSHIP IN COMPUTING (2000)
Dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin or Guan Yin, the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple has been providing succour to those in need since 1884. One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Singapore, it was a place of refuge during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. For many decades now, it has been offering support to the sick and disadvantaged as well as to society at large through its many acts of philanthropy.
In 2000, NUS established the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professorship in Computing, which enables the University to appoint eminent academics to enhance teaching and research in IT and strengthen the University’s international network in the field.
In 2012, NUS established the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professorship in Conservation. The Professorship is the first that supports the teaching of integrated biodiversity and environmental courses, and the training of a new generation of environmental scientists and managers.
Yale-NUS College established the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professorship in Humanities, which enables the College to welcome renowned scholars of cross-cultural philosophy, art, and literature.
Dr Tan Choon Kim, Chairman of Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, said, “We want to give bright, promising students the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the best brains in their fields. Exceptional teachers are catalysts for the success of the next generation.”
The Professorships are supported by gifts from Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple.