MPA PROFESSORSHIP IN MARITIME LAW (2003)
MPA PROFESSORSHIP IN SHIPPING ECONOMICS (2003)
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established in 1996 with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre, and to advance and safeguard Singapore’s strategic maritime interests.
Today, Singapore’s maritime industry contributes about 7 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs more than 170,000 people across key sectors such as port, shipping, maritime services as well as offshore and marine engineering. In addition to being the world’s top bunkering port and the world’s busiest port in terms of vessel arrival tonnage, Singapore is also home to 5,000 maritime entities, including more than 130 international shipping groups.
MPA recognises that a skilled and competent maritime workforce is integral to supporting the growing maritime industry and continues to enhance Singapore’s maritime education and training landscape. As part of MPA’s ongoing efforts, MPA made gifts in support of the MPA Professorships in Maritime Law and Shipping Economics at NUS. The Professorships allow NUS to bring in visiting experts in Maritime Law and Shipping Economics from renowned overseas universities to conduct courses for students, as well as share their knowledge and experience with the maritime community in Singapore via workshops and conferences. The visiting experts also work together with NUS to develop local teaching expertise in the area of Maritime Law and Shipping Economics.
Singapore’s strong reputation for rule of law and position as the maritime gateway to Asia lends itself an opportunity to be the voice of commercial maritime law in the region and the MPA Professorship in Maritime Law supports this effort. Similarly, the MPA Professorship in Shipping Economics complements the development of commercial activities as Singapore continues to establish itself as a leading international maritime centre.
MR & MRS LIN JO YAN PROFESSORSHIP IN BANKING AND FINANCE(2014)
Banking industry pioneer Mr Lin Jo Yan’s career in the industry dates back to the early 1930s, the founding days of Singapore’s longest-established local bank, OCBC Bank.
He had just completed his Senior Cambridge exams, the equivalent of the latter-day GCE ‘A’ Level exams and entered the workforce. OCBC was just set up with the merger of three banks – Chinese Commercial Bank, Ho Hong Bank and Oversea-Chinese Bank.The world was in the grip of the Great Depression. With great foresight, the three banks had merged to better withstand the oncoming economic shocks, as prices of Malaya’s commodities plunged and debtors defaulted on payments.
Mr Lin started at OCBC as a clerk with a princely salary of $35 a month. More than four decades later, he retired as general manager of what was then the largest banking organisation in Singapore.
He saw himself as a “practical banker”, someone who had learnt the ropes of the industry from the ground up. Ever modest, he attributed his success and illustrious career to “honesty and hardwork”.
“These were what brought me to where I am today”, he said.
Mr Lin was chairman of the Association of Banks in Malaya and Singapore for eight years before the countries separated. He was an advocate of strong management and staff relations, a key tenet in the bank’s values system to this day. “It almost goes without saying that the staff of a bank will only be courteous to customers provided the company treats its own staff well.”
The Mr and Mrs Lin Jo Yan Professorship in Banking and Finance was established at NUS Business School to honour him as one of the industry’s pioneers and founding bankers.
The Mr and Mrs Lin Jo Yan Professorship enables our School of Business to attract and retain world-class faculty to conduct impactful research, and to teach and groom our undergraduates to become the next generation of finance and banking industry leaders in Singapore and the region, as was Mr Lin Jo Yan more than four decades ago.
MUHAMMAD ALAGIL DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN ARABIA ASIA STUDIES (2013)
Mr Muhammad Alagil, CEO of Jarir Investments and Chairman of the Jarir Group of Saudi Arabia is fired with a passion to revive the ancient ties and deep human exchanges that were the foundation of the rich trading relationships between Arabia and Asia centuries ago.
He believes that the recognition and revival of this shared experience, which led to an osmosis of ideas and beliefs and the creation of families across cultures, will enrich and pave the way for the future. And he thinks that the route to such a revival lies in research, rediscovery and education.
“Connections between cultures enlarge the hearts and horizons of individuals and of countries over centuries”, he says, adding that much of the Arabia – Asia relationship is today refracted through Western eyes and perspectives and Asia needs to reclaim that narrative.
Born in Saudi Arabia and educated in both Arabia and the United States, Mr Alagil says that generations of Arabians have seen Asia as a place for growth, enrichment and adventure. He expressed deep admiration for Singapore, stating that he shares in the values of “broad vision and persistent, reliable execution” that have powered the country’s success.
NUS established the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Professorship in Arabia Asia Studies at the Asia Research Institute, which is at the forefront of inter-Asia connections and comparisons. The Professorship will enable the University to appoint an eminent academic to share his insights within and outside the University. The Professor will promote research in social, cultural, historical and contemporary Arabia-Asia relations, provide an authoritative academic view on Arabia-Asia relations, and inspire a new generation of academics in this field of study.
The Professorship is supported by Mr Alagil.
MUSIM MAS PROFESSORSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY (2010)
Musim Mas, whose business spans the entire palm oil supply chain, takes its sustainability mission very seriously. As one of the largest players in the palm oil industry, Musim Mas believes that the best strategy to ensure its continued success is to be the leading sustainable and responsible company in its industry. The core of its sustainability strategy is the Sustainability Policy that extends to its global operations, including its third-party suppliers.
The Musim Mas Sustainability Policy covers vital issues that have been raised by stakeholders regarding the production of palm oil. These issues include protecting forests and biodiversity, establishing traceable and transparent supply chains, and having a positive impact on local communities.
First started in 1932 as a modest soap factory, the Singapore-based Group has grown to become one of the top players in the global palm oil industry. It employs 28,500 people worldwide and produces a wide range of palm oil and derivative products, such as cooking oil, personal care products, biodiesel and oleochemicals.
The Musim Mas Professorship in Sustainability at the NUS Business School enables the school to attract serious intellectuals who can contribute positively to emerging sustainability topics. This Professorship includes a broad scope of cross-disciplinary lessons and research, thus transforming Singapore into a more prominent research hub in this part of the world.
The Musim Mas Professorship in Sustainability is supported by a gift from Musim Mas.