The Straits Times and TODAY reported that the National University of Singapore (NUS) has given Professor Tan Chorh Chuan – who served as its president for nearly a decade – the title of university professor. The status is NUS’ highest academic appointment, and is given to senior faculty members who have made long-term contributions and are deeply committed to the university. Under Prof Tan Chorh Chuan’s watch as NUS president, there has been much growth in new initiatives, from opening University Town (UTown) and Yale-NUS College to getting an entrepreneurial ecosystem up and running and embarking on research across borders. Prof Tan Eng Chye, who succeeded Prof Tan Chorh Chuan as NUS president this month, said that NUS, over the next five years, will re-imagine teaching and learning for the future. For example, it will gradually integrate adult learners into more classes, up to 20 per cent for each class, as well as build new start-up nodes globally. It will also aim to hire 200 new researchers for a start, and pursue top global talent in areas such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and fintech.