Yale-NUS College announces Governing Board

22 November 2011

Asian business leader Kay Kuok chairs board comprising private and public sector leaders from Singapore and the USA

The Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) today announced the members of its founding Governing Board. Leading the Board is Asian business leader Madam Kay Kuok, the widely-respected Executive Chairman of Shangri-La Hotel Limited and a member of National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Board of Trustees. Other members of the Board include industry leaders from Singapore and the USA, a senior official from the Singapore Ministry of Education, a leading liberal arts college president and the presidents of Yale University and NUS.

The 10 members of the Yale-NUS Governing Board will serve three-year terms from 2011.

Yale-NUS College, an autonomous school of NUS, was established in April this year in a launch witnessed 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 Madam Kay Kuok, Chair of the Yale-NUS College Governing Board: “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.”

The Yale-NUS campus will be built next to NUS’ University Town along Clementi Road, in close proximity to world-class research and entrepreneurial hubs as well as the NUS Kent Ridge Campus. About 150 students are expected to matriculate in August 2013. Yale-NUS will be home to 1,000 students at steady state.

The Yale-NUS Governing Board is expected to provide strategic direction and oversight of the College, and will be instrumental in the appointment of the College President and faculty.

The full listing and bios of the Yale-NUS College Governing Board can be found in here.