TAN CHIN TUAN CENTENNIAL PROFESSORSHIP IN ENGINEERING (2005)
TAN CHIN TUAN CENTENNIAL PROFESSORSHIP IN MEDICINE (2005)
TAN CHIN TUAN CENTENNIAL PROFESSORSHIP IN SCIENCE (2005)
TAN CHIN TUAN CENTENNIAL PROFESSORSHIP (2005)
Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan was a prominent banker and philanthropist. Dr Tan enjoyed an illustrious career steering Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), and many other blue-chip companies in Singapore, towards success. Today, OCBC Bank is considered to be one of the world’s strongest banks.
In addition to being a great businessman, Dr Tan was a man of wisdom and compassion who believed that the more fortunate have a responsibility to help the weak and less privileged in society. There are countless anecdotes by men and women at all levels of society who benefited from Dr Tan’s help in their time of need. Dr Tan’s beliefs led to the establishment of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in 1976.
In 2005, the Foundation made a landmark gift to NUS to elevate the quality of education and research at the University. This gift made possible the establishment of four Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professorships. These prestigious appointments are best owed upon professors who have demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement in their field of study. Open to local or foreign academics, the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professorships lead in opening up diverse opportunities for intellectual and professional growth in Singapore, initiating and co-leading education and research programmes both in academia and the industry.
TAN CHIN TUAN PROFESSORSHIP IN BANKING AND FINANCE (1975)
Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan worked at OCBC Bank for 58 years; going from junior bank clerk at the age of 17 to Chairman (1966–1983) and then Honorary Life President. Dr Tan said, “I don’t know what are my winning qualities. All I know is that in any endeavour, I muster my energy, I bring a sharp eye and inject a strong dose of commonsense into it.” The truth of this is seen in the impact he made in every position he held.
During the war years, Dr Tan played a key role in protecting the bank’s assets. In 1945, as sole managing director he began rebuilding the company. He later said, “After the Japanese war, one of the first things I set out to do was to get and retain, as far as possible, the best people.” By 1966, OCBC had become Singapore’s largest bank, investing in companies that are household names today – Great Eastern Life, Raffles Hotel and Straits Trading.
Dr Tan, who was born in 1908, lost his father at the age of 14. The family then fell on hard times. His experiences of the vagaries of fortune moulded his philosophy of life. He said, “I believe my contribution to all these companies is the promotion of their sure and steady growth.” He coupled this conservatism with an unwavering integrity, saying “Making money is one thing, but making it scrupulously and honestly is the most important.”
NUS honoured this outstanding individual with the establishment of the Tan Chin Tuan Professorship in Banking and Finance.
The Professorship in Banking and Finance, which is supported by a gift from OCBC Bank, enables the University to bring in distinguished academics in the areas of Monetary Economics, Financial Economics or Banking and Finance to share their expertise, contribute to research and teaching and give public lectures.
TAN CHIN TUAN PROFESSORSHIP IN CHINESE STUDIES (2011)
Uber banker, captain of industry and philanthropist Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan gave generously to various causes throughout his life. He also took pride in his Chinese heritage, which is reflected in his significant collection of books on Chinese history. A keen supporter of education, including Chinese studies and culture, Dr Tan supported the building of the East Asian History of Science library at Needham Research Institute in Cambridge. The library houses a treasure trove of priceless Chinese books, including the work of science historian-sinologist Dr Joseph Needham on the history of science, technology and medicine in Chinese culture.
Born in 1908 in Singapore, Dr Tan lost his father while still schooling and started working at the Chinese Commercial Bank (later to become OCBC Bank) at the age of 17. He joined as junior clerk and retired as Chairman in 1983. Under his stewardship, OCBC became one of the world’s top banks.
Dr Tan was educated in English but neither rejected nor replaced one culture with another. Instead, he saw the strengths of both and strove to bridge the two cultures among different groups in Singapore. This is the same multiculturalism that the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation would like to see in our young people.
NUS established the Tan Chin Tuan Professorship in Chinese Studies to honour a larger-than-life individual, whose legacy of philanthropy is transforming lives even today through the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.
The Professorship enables the University to attract an eminent academic in the field of Chinese History or Philosophy, or the field of Economics, Sociology, Politics/International Relations, Geography, or Environmental Studies, with a special expertise in China. The Professor provides strong leadership to enhance the College’s capabilities and impact in this area, and promote cross-cultural understanding of Chinese and Western influential ideas.
The Professorship is supported by a gift from the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.
TAN GEOK YIN PROFESSORSHIP IN PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROSCIENCE (2014)
Singapore has one of the world’s most rapidly ageing populations. By 2030, the elderly will comprise up to 20 per cent of Singapore’s population. The understanding and management of cognitive disorders in the elderly are of crucial importance to the country and is one of the areas that will benefit from the establishment of the Tan Geok Yin Professorship at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Department of Psychology.
The Professorship is named after Madam Tan Geok Yin, the first wife of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat. Mr and Mrs Khoo married when he was just 16 years old in 1934. She was a devoted wife and mother, instilling values and ethics to her seven children – two boys and five girls. Madam Tan passed away in 1972.
The research team at the Department studied aspects of cognitive impairment in the elderly and determined the impact of risk factors such as nutrition, cardiometabolic factors, gene interactions, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory biomarkers on cognition. The team reaches out to the community to identify the elderly at risk of cognitive decline and explore psychological, social and lifestyle measures to pre-empt potential cognitive disorders. They have also developed interventions, such as Brief Integrative Psychological Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy.
The Department also runs the Gerontology Research Programme, which aims to help the understanding of population ageing transition and provide the scientific information needed for formulating strategies of disease prevention and health promotion. Multi-disciplinary research groups establish cohorts of elderly subjects, both healthy and ill, for research, addressing all levels of intervention and care: primary preventive, primary care, hospital, community hospital, and nursing homes. Projects include: dementia, depression, mind-body nexus and active ageing.
The Tan Geok Yin Professorship will help the University build on its achievements in the areas of ageing, psychiatry and neuroscience over the next few years.
The Professorship is supported by a gift from an anonymous donor.
TAN SRI RUNME SHAW SENIOR PROFESSORSHIP IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (1981)
For nine decades now, the name Shaw has stood for movie magic. Pioneer movie moghul Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw came to Singapore from Shanghai in 1924, setting up Shaw Organisation. Joined soon by his brother Sir Run Run Shaw, the duo – facing much opposition from the local film cartel – took over The Empire cinema at Tanjong Pagar in 1927, showing silent films produced by their company Unique Film Productions. The seats were wooden benches (50 cents each) and the images flickered on a white cloth hung from the ceiling, but audiences were mesmerised.
Within the next 10 years, the iconic Shaw Brothers were operating 136 cinemas across the region, producing ‘talking films’ in Malay and Chinese as well as distributing films from America.
Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw was born in 1901, the third of seven siblings. He loved the movies as did his brothers. They cobbled together their savings to buy a camera to film one of their brother’s plays, The Man from Shensi. From such modest beginnings, Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw built an Asia-wide entertainment empire that launched the careers of film gurus like John Woo and Chow Yun-Fatt. “I believe success is only one thing–hard work”, said Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw. “Of course, luck must be with you.”
Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw established the Shaw Foundation in 1957, living true to his name, which mean ‘kindness’. “We make money from the public, we want to give money back to the public”, he said simply to explain the Foundation’s purpose.
NUS established the Tan Sri Runme Shaw Senior Professorship in Computer Science to honour a visionary. The Professorship enables the NUS School of Computing to attract world-class scholars and eminent professors to share their expertise, as well as to enhance research and teaching efforts.
The Professorship is supported by a gift from the Shaw Foundation.
TANG PENG YEU PROFESSORSHIP IN ACCOUNTANCY AND FINANCE (1994)
Community leader Tang Peng Yeu is remembered for his many acts of service and generosity to the many community groups. He was particularly keen on the cause of education. A self-made man, he attained his accounting qualification through a correspondence course. As an accountant, he helped run many community organisations. He was chairman and committee member of Yeung Ching School from 1953 to 1965; he chaired the Kong Chow Wai Koon and the Kwong Wai Siew Pek San Teng in the 1950s and was trustee for the latter organisation from 1953 to 1985; he was a member of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce from 1952 to 1957; and was an elected member of the Singapore City Council from 1957 to 1958.
A keen advocate for education, Mr Tang not only educated his own daughter, who is an alumna of NUS and a practising dentist, but he also financed the overseas education of his nephews and nieces. One of his nephews, Mr Tang See Chim, went on to become a lawyer, Minister of State for Finance (1970–1972) and Deputy Speaker of Parliament (1972–1981). Mr Tang Peng Yeu passed away in 1984.
On the 10th anniversary of Mr Tang Peng Yeu’s passing, the Tang Peng Yeu Professorship in Accounting was established at the NUS Business School. The Professorship enables the University to engage eminent professors to share their expertise and experience. Particular emphasis is given to the contributions and insights they can offer to Singapore and its ever-growing regional and international role. The Professor also co – operates in research and education with other faculty members. In 2017, the scope of the Professorship was extended to the area of Finance.
The Professorship is supported by a gift from Mr and Mrs Tang See Chim and family.
TANOTO FOUNDATION PROFESSORSHIP IN CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE (2014)
TANOTO FOUNDATION PROFESSORSHIP IN MEDICAL ONCOLOGY (2013)
TANOTO FOUNDATION PROFESSORSHIPIN DIABETES RESEARCH (2009)
The Tanoto Foundation, set up by Mr Sukanto Tanoto and Mrs Tinah B. Tanoto in 2001, is a philanthropic organisation that strives to be a centre of excellence in poverty alleviation through education, empowerment and enhancement of quality of lives. Tanoto Foundation’s mission is to work with communities and partners to address root causes of poverty in countries where the Tanoto family has significant presence.
As an accomplished self-made entrepreneur, visionary and pioneer of a number of industries in Indonesia, Mr Sukanto’s success in growing his business empire is widely recognised. In 2012, he was awarded the Wharton School Dean’s Medal Award, which recognises individuals for their contributions to the enlargement of the global economy and to the improvement of lives worldwide. His achievements have been nothing short of decades of hard work.
Despite having to leave school at the age of 17 to support his family, his relentless hunger for knowledge drives him to continue learning through various means, including taking up courses in renowned universities around the world till today. Mr Sukanto strongly believes that education is a key to escaping the vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty and the grips of its effects.
To date, the Tanoto Foundation has provided over 20,000 scholarships, built several schools and education facilities that produced 27,000 graduates, developed 60,000 hectares of Community Livelihood Plantations and created more than 1,800 jobs in local communities through Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) programmes.
In 2009, the Tanoto Foundation made its first donation of S$5 million to Duke-NUS to establish a Professorship and Research Initiative in Diabetes. In 2013 and 2014, the Tanoto Foundation gave another S$3 million each to support the Professorship in Medical Oncology and Research Initiative in Asian Lymphoma, as well as the Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine and Research Initiative in Genetics & Stem Cell, bringing a total of S$11 million in donations.
These donations have enabled the advancement of research and medicine in Asia to identify new ways of diagnosing patients, thereby allowing early prevention, more accurate diagnosis and better treatment for patients.
THE NGEE ANN KONGSI DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIPS(2010)
“Supporting education is at the very heart of Ngee Ann Kongsi’s values”, says the organisation’s President Dr Lim Kee Ming. The history of non- profit organisation Ngee Ann Kongsi in Singapore goes back to 1845 when it was set up by a group of prominent Teochew leaders. Their initial aim was to preserve the customs of their community and help poor Teochew immigrants. But as the community put down roots in Singapore, they realised the need to support and develop educational opportunities for their children. This has since been a key priority. From 1933, when the Kongsi formally became a charity, it has established schools and offers numerous bursaries and scholarships. The revenues generated from its properties such as Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road is channelled into educational and welfare projects.
Ngee Ann Kongsi has supported many of NUS’ endeavours by giving towards bursaries, scholarships and educational programmes. To honour the organisation’s commitment to furthering the cause of education, NUS established the Ngee Ann Kongsi Distinguished Professorships at NUS University Town.
NUS University Town, which redefines how students learn and live on campus, offers a multi-disciplinary academic programme in a residential college setting. It is part of NUS’ long-term plans to develop collaborative learning communities to maximise the potential of the brightest young minds.
The Professorships enable the university to attract leading academics, who are internationally recognised in research or creative activity and have a track record of impactful leadership. The Professors design and teach modules at the Residential Colleges to promote independent and critical learning. The students, along with the teacher, pursue a variety of intellectual, cultural and social endeavours, which integrate in- class learning with out-of-class experiences, looking both within and outside the curriculum. They will also reside at the colleges and mentor students.
The Professorships are supported by a generous gift from Ngee Ann Kongsi to NUS University Town.
TOH CHIN CHYE PROFESSORSHIP IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (2001)
Dr Toh Chin Chye is remembered primarily as a politician. But what is often overlooked is Dr Toh Chin Chye, the man of science, who paved the way for Singapore’s rise to the science and technology powerhouse it is today.
Dr Toh received a Diploma in Science from Raffles College (NUS’ predecessor) and a PhD from the National Institute for Medical Research, London. Besides being Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technology, he also served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Singapore (NUS’ predecessor). He believed that the knowledge housed in the University should help advance society and achieve national goals. Hence, he advocated for research and secured international recognition for the University’s post-graduate medical degrees. He also initiated the establishment of the National University Hospital.
Dr Toh encouraged closer interaction between the different branches of medicine, believing that ‘the patient needs to be presented to the medical students as an integrated human being’. He also felt that clinical practice should keep pace with research advances, saying, “It is the explosion of knowledge in the biological sciences that threaten to widen the gap between clinical practice and the teaching of the medical sciences…Today, molecular biology has taken on a new significance.”
NUS established the Toh Chin Chye Professorship in Molecular Biology to honour Dr Toh, who shaped Singapore’s political and higher education landscapes. Support for the Professorship came from corporations such as the Lee Foundation, Tote Board, Keppel Corporation, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Singapore Press Holdings, and individuals such as Dr Albert Hong Hin Kay and Mr Lim Soo Peng. The Professorship promotes multi-disciplinary research by leveraging on the expertise of various Faculties, hospitals and research institutes. It enables internationally eminent professors in different areas of molecular biology to spend time at the University, engaging in collaborative research and sharing insights with faculty and students.
TOH CHIN CHYE VISITING PROFESSORSHIP/FELLOWSHIP (2012)
One of Singapore’s founding fathers, Dr Toh Chin Chye was described by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew as ‘a historic figure in our fight for justice and independence’.
Dr Toh was at the forefront of Singapore’s journey to self-governance and nation-building. He played critical roles in some of the country’s iconic moments – among them, his casting vote gave the Prime Ministership to Mr Lee; the fight against the Communists; the choice of Majulah Singapura as the anthem; and the design of the Singapore flag.
Dr Toh, Deputy Prime Minister (1959 – 1968), was Vice Chancellor of the University of Singapore (1968 – 1975). He believed that the University should be a source of high-level manpower and ideas that support the country’s goals and contribute to the community. With that in mind, he established the faculties of engineering and architecture at the University, and launched the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to promote the flow of talent and ideas across a larger community. Faculty members were encouraged to serve on statutory boards and extend their service to the nation. And, he brought all the departments together on the new Kent Ridge campus.
NUS continues to build on those ideas, as seen in NUS University Town. This innovative educational model offers students the skills they need to be effective citizens for the next stage of the country’s growth. Students live and learn in multi-cultural residential colleges alongside peers and professors. The approach is multi-disciplinary and much of the learning takes place outside the classroom – through discussions and real-life projects.
NUS established the Toh Chin Chye Visiting Professorship/Fellowship to honour an alumnus and thought leader. The Professorship enables the University to bring in the finest minds from around the globe to mentor, educate and reside with our students.
The Professorship is supported by gifts from Tote Board, Lee Foundation and other individuals.