N BALACHANDRAN PROFESSORSHIP IN PAEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS (2007)
Singapore’s current expertise in the field of orthopaedics owes much to pioneering orthopaedic surgeon Professor N Balachandran. Born in Kota Tinggi, Malaysia, Professor Balachandran graduated from the University of Malaya in 1956, and was one of the first few local doctors to be trained in orthopaedic surgery.
Over a 45-year career, Prof Balachandran raised the bar of excellence, committed to offering the best possible care to patients, many of whom were handicapped or had spinal injuries or congenital deformities. He set high standards in orthopaedic surgery and trained a generation of doctors who built on the skills he taught them.
Prof Balachandran imparted not just medical skills, but life skills to doctors, nurses and hospital staff, influencing them with his generosity of spirit. He said, “To be allowed to teach and train is a privilege and an honour. How wonderful it would be for all of us to learn something new from our students.”
Prof Balachandran helped set up orthopaedic units across Singapore and advocated for orthopaedic research. All who came in contact with him remember his integrity, his commitment to his patients and his humanity. He felt that “sharing and caring must be the hallmark of the medical profession and should be taught by example.”
In recognition of a gift from Prof Balachandran’s wife, Mrs Rita Lucia Balachandran, NUS established the N Balachandran Professorship in Paediatric Orthopedics, named for the distinguished clinician and educator. The Professorship enables the University to appoint international experts as visiting professors in paediatric orthopaedics. The visiting professors contribute to various initiatives to further develop Singapore’s capability in this field. These initiatives include teaching and research at the University, National University Hospital and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital; as well as providing content and serving as a speaker for conferences and public seminars on paediatric orthopaedics.
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE SOCIETY PROFESSORSHIP (1996)
Singapore’s foremost graduate club, the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS), aims ‘to foster a lifelong relationship with NUS and the wider graduate community’. Established in 1954, it brings together NUS alumni over the decades to socialise, connect with one another and contribute to their alma mater and to society at large. The alumni are eminently placed to do so. The club’s members include many of Singapore’s best and brightest – ministers, doctors, lawyers, civil servants, artists, and more. NUSS’ recreational, academic, political, social and cultural activities enrich the campus and offer a platform for new ideas and discussions for the long-term growth of NUS and Singapore.
The Professorship is part of NUSS’ efforts to contribute to the development of meaningful interactions with its alma mater through academic pursuits. It enables the University to engage eminent professors from different disciplines, who share their expertise and experience with the NUS community as well as the general public.
The Professorship is open to all NUS Faculties, and the professors offer their insights to Singapore and its ever-growing regional and international role in various fields. The NUSS Professor will also give one public lecture in his/her area of expertise.
The NUSS Professorship is supported by a gift from NUSS.
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NG TENG FONG PROFESSORSHIP IN REAL ESTATE (2013)
Mr Ng Teng Fong, founder of Far East Organization and Sino Group, always considered himself simply an ‘ordinary working man’. Working 18-hour days, Mr Ng built up a multi-billion dollar property enterprise in Singapore and Hong Kong, acting on an unerring instinct for gauging economic and property trends. He used to read property reports even in cinema halls, aided by a penlight.
Many of Singapore’s storied landmarks are associated with Mr Ng and Far East Organization, such as Hilton Hotel, Lucky Plaza, Watten Estate, and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.
Mr Ng, born in 1928 in Fujian province, came to Singapore at the age of 6. His first foray into business – a provision shop – ended in failure. He persevered in his dream of working in property development and raised enough capital to set up Far East Organization in 1960. He was an eternal optimist, who had the courage to step into markets when others dithered. He went into the Hong Kong property market in a big way in the1970s when even local players dared not. Today, Far East Organization’s Hong Kong-based sister company, Sino Group holds a well-regarded portfolio of properties there.
NUS established the Ng Teng Fong Professorship in Real Estate to honour a pioneer in property development. The Professorship is supported by a generous gift from Far East Organization, in memory of its founder and the grace of God upon his life. This Professorship seeks to attract outstanding academics, who are able to combine research initiatives in the fields of real estate economics and finance with teaching, so as to equip students for the challenges of an increasingly sophisticated real estate industry. It also supports research in areas such as sustainable real estate developments in Singapore and Asia, Asia’s ageing population and its impact on housing markets, housing policy, financial stability, real estate finance, and capital markets.
NUS-AUTODESK TERM PROFESSORSHIP(2011)
Autodesk operates at the leading edge of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and services. Autodesk software, which enables people to design, visualise and simulate ideas, is part of various iconic projects. From architecture and civil engineering to 3D printing and even nanoscale synthetic biology, Autodesk is constantly pushing the boundaries of possibility.
At the core of their future-focused vision is education – opening the minds of tomorrow’s designers and giving them the tools to imagine and create a better world. To that end, Autodesk gives students, teachers and educational institutions free access to professional design software, creativity apps and real-world projects. Students have access to video tutorials, and can participate in competitions, building their résumé. They can also present their work online at Autodesk’s ‘Education Community’ to connect to students, teachers and academic institution.
Teachers can use Autodesk’s real-world design projects to enhance the curriculum. The company offers support in ways to integrate Autodesk software into the curriculum, training, certification and resources.
The company also runs the Autodesk University to provide training and networking opportunities for design and engineering professionals.
NUS established the NUS-Autodesk Term Professorship at the NUS Engineering Design & Innovation Centre (EDIC) to honour the achievements of an industry leader. The Professorship will play a leading role in the development of a design curriculum to enhance learning experiences for engineering students. The appointed NUS-Autodesk Professor will lead in developing innovative designs and tools to push design frontiers using Autodesk software.
The Professorship is supported by a gift from Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd.