Interview with NUS president: NUS ‘always looking for new ways of learning, teaching’, The Straits Times, 2 October 2017

The Straits Times featured an interview with outgoing President of NUS Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. ST noted his comments on how NUS was constantly looking for new ways of learning and teaching, despite being Singapore’s oldest university. These included opening University Town (UTown), home to Singapore’s first residential colleges, partnering universities in the United States to create new models of learning, and setting up overseas launch pads for budding entrepreneurs. ST highlighted that Professor Tan played a key role in the setting up of Duke-NUS Medical School – Singapore’s first US-style graduate-entry medical school. He also oversaw the formation of Singapore’s first liberal arts college, Yale-NUS College, a tie-up between Yale University in the US and NUS. Professor Tan noted that while Duke and Yale are renowned universities, NUS did not import wholesale their programmes, but worked with both to create “unique and distinctive programmes” which have attracted high-quality students. Professor Tan will be handing over the baton to NUS provost Tan Eng Chye on Jan 1 next year.


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