PARKWAY PANTAI PROFESSORSHIP IN MEDICINE AND HEALTHY AGEING (2015)
PARKWAY PANTAI PROFESSORSHIP IN GERIATRICS (2000)
Life expectancy in Singapore is among the highest in the world. In 2014, 11.2 per cent of the population were aged 65 and above. By 2030, the elderly will comprise up to 20 per cent.
Ageing brings medical problems like loss of vision and hearing, osteoporosis, recurrent falls, dementia, depression and cancer. There is a continuing need to develop better geriatrics care with changing population dynamics and needs, including interdisciplinary approaches to support the elderly’s physical, mental, and social well-being.
As Singapore’s largest private healthcare provider, Parkway Pantai has always been acutely aware of the challenges and issues in this field.
In 2000, it donated $1.5 million to establish the Parkway Professorship in Geriatrics at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The Professorship enabled the University to engage eminent academics and clinicians, who helped advance geriatric medicine in Singapore by facilitating teaching and research, and the development of clinical and community care in geriatrics. The University’s Gerontology Research Programme helps promote understanding of issues such as depression and dementia.
The strong partnership between Parkway Pantai and NUS was reaffirmed in 2015 with an additional $3 million donation to establish the new Parkway Pantai Professorship in Medicine and Healthy Ageing. This builds on existing expertise to support more extensive research into the causes, prevention and treatment of age-related disorders. Knowledge in these areas will lead to improved practices to keep the elderly healthy.
Parkway Pantai, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare Berhad (IHH), runs a network of 21 hospitals throughout Asia. In Singapore, it owns the world-class Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Novena, Gleneagles and Parkway East Hospitals, and offers the full spectrum of healthcare services, including diagnostic laboratories and education facility. IHH is the world’s second largest healthcare provider by market capitalisation, with a focus on markets in Asia and the CEEMENA region.
Parkway Pantai is committed to local communities through its ‘Life Renewed’ programme which offers free medical treatments to the needy, and supports medical education through the NUS Professorships and the Mount Elizabeth- Gleneagles Medical Scholarship Fund.
PETER ELLINGER VISITING PROFESSORSHIP (2013)
Over the last 50 years, Emeritus Professor of Law Peter Ellinger has been a witness and expert commentator on Singapore’s financial and banking world. His formidable legal mind has enriched our understanding of the intricacies of financial law and practice.
Professor Ellinger, a world-renowned expert of banking and financial law, came to Singapore after two years as a Ph.D student in Oxford in 1961 at the age of 28 to teach at the University of Singapore (NUS’ predecessor). Singapore’s retail banking world was then dominated by British-based banks like Chartered Bank and Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. Over the next five decades and more, much of which Professor Ellinger spent in Singapore and NUS, he published books, chapters in leading commercial law texts and numerous articles in regional law reviews as well as in the United Kingdom, Australasia, North America and in Europe. He delivered lectures and conducted seminars in his areas of specialisation, acquired an extensive experience in opinion work and drafting of documents, appeared as expert witness in local and foreign courts, and undertook commercial arbitration. His influence on banking law and practice was tremendous.
Professor Ellinger, who obtained his doctorate from Oxford in 1964, taught at NUS from 1961 to 1966 and again from 1986. In 1998, he was designated Emeritus Professor at NUS. Among his many illustrious students is Attorney-General of Singapore VK Rajah.
NUS established the Peter Ellinger Visiting Professorship at the Faculty of Law to honour his immense contribution to the development of legal education in Singapore. The Professorship will enable the University to invite international scholars in banking and finance law to teach and conduct research at the University. The Professorship is supported by former students and colleagues of Professor Ellinger.