Asian business leader Madam Kay Kuok has been announced as the Chair of the Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) Governing Board. The 10-member board includes influential industry leaders from Singapore and the USA, a leading liberal arts college president, a senior official from the Singapore Ministry of Education, and the presidents of Yale University and National University of Singapore (NUS).
Madam Kuok is the widely-respected Executive Chairman of Shangri-la Hotel Limited, Singapore, and a member of NUS’ Board of Trustees. Members of the Yale-NUS Governing Board will serve three-year terms from 2011.
Yale-NUS, an autonomous school of NUS, was launched in April 2011 by Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong. The School is a landmark collaboration between Yale University and NUS, and the first campus outside New Haven, Connecticut by Yale.
Said the Chair of the Yale-NUS Governing Board, Madam Kuok: “It is a distinct honour to be the Chair of Yale-NUS College, a groundbreaking partnership between two of the world’s leading universities, Yale University and NUS. We believe strongly that there is a need in today’s changing world for a top quality undergraduate education that teaches students to think critically, prepares them for leadership in all sectors of society, and offers a full residential college experience. The lively co-curricular activities and exciting global study abroad and internship opportunities will contribute to developing the whole person.
“I see the opportunity to develop a novel, world-class educational experience as a rare privilege. The Board and I are deeply committed to working with the leadership of Yale-NUS on an education that will draw from both Yale and NUS, a truly distinctive experience that will develop the brightest students into future leaders for Asia, and the world.”
About 150 students are expected to matriculate in August 2013, and Yale-NUS will be home to 1,000 students at steady state.
The full listing and brief bios of the Yale-NUS Governing Board here.