Embarking on a Journey of Excellence
NUS’ journey of excellence really began with the establishment of a modest medical school over a century ago. The foundation for attaining excellence was already laid then. As the University grew in strength, it remained steeped in a tradition of excellence, delivering quality education and high impact research of international calibre.
Throughout the journey, the University has undergone many phases of transformation, including corporatisation, to meet increasingly multi-faceted challenges of a highly competitive higher education landscape. Through the transformation process, a distinct university has emerged. NUS is now recognised for its unique role as a university with both an Asian and international identity, retaining a global outlook while drawing on the character and resources of the region.
Thriving on a Culture of Excellence
Once known as an institution dedicated purely to teaching, NUS has evolved into a research-intensive university, a major player in the global league of research universities. International collaborations remain robust, the pool of international talent continues to grow, and the quantity and quality of teaching and research initiatives continue to flourish. Through time we have, in many aspects, succeeded in inculcating a culture of excellence within the NUS community. We must ensure that this culture is not easily uprooted by complacency and apathy.
Making a Mark of Excellence
The University’s bold aspirations are bearing fruit. NUS is now recognised as one of the premier universities — among the Top 5 in Asia and one of the world’s best (Times Higher Education Supplement-Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings 2007). For the second year running, it received the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Platinum Award. Further raising the NUS profile of excellence are our faculty and students, who have stood out in local and international circles, carving a name for themselves and the University.
The University has been extremely privileged to enjoy a decade of Prof Shih Choon Fong’s able leadership. His philosophy of “imagination, openness and courage”, coupled with visionary foresight and resoluteness have steered the University towards transformation and onto the road to global excellence. We wish Choon Fong every success as he assumes his new position as Founding President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
The stewardship will soon be handed over to Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, currently Acting President. A central figure to the formulation of the University’s vision, strategic goals and plans, Chorh Chuan led the successful corporatisation of NUS in 2006, and has worked alongside Choon Fong in taking NUS to its current global standing. It is with absolute confidence that I entrust the next leg of NUS’ transformative journey to Chorh Chuan.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I welcome on board six new members: Mr Goh Yew Lin, Mr Han Fook Kwang, Mdm Kay Kuok Oon Kwong, Dr Edison Liu, Mr Phillip Tan Eng Seong and Ms Yeoh Chee Yan. They bring to the University diverse experiences and enriching perspectives that will undoubtedly serve us well. I also wish to record my sincere appreciation to Mr Wong Ah Long, Mr Cheong Yip Seng and Ms Chang Hwee Nee who stepped down from the Board this year.
As we continue our pursuit of excellence, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees, benefactors, management, staff, students and alumni for their dedicated support which has made NUS what it is today. The search for excellence may be a noble pursuit, but it is not without its challenges. With a strong sense of determination and drive, we can meet these challenges and succeed in scaling greater heights of excellence.
WONG Ngit Liong
Chairman, Board of Trustees