Witnessing the many moments of joy and celebration among graduates, families and friends, I am reminded once again, of the great impact and value our University can create, as well as the strong bonds of trust and support between the wider community and NUS.
We are living in a rapidly changing world, much of it brought about by techno¬logical innovations. Developments in big data analytics, digital health, autonomous vehicles, robotics, social media, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity etc will disrupt our world and our lifestyles.
Cybersecurity is a very pertinent and pressing issue confronting many organisations, including universities. Concomitant to the IT revolution, the past decade has witnessed incidents when underlying information systems were being compromised.
I would begin by putting on record our thanks and appreciation to Chorh Chuan for being an outstanding President for the last nine years. You have, through great vision and sheer hard work, transformed NUS into a university that has become a model for others in the region and the world.
As Singapore’s flagship public university NUS strives to provide a holistic and transformative education that nurtures graduates who are innovative, able and confident to lead and serve the needs of the economy, community and society.
The Chinese tradition believes that good things come in pairs - 好事成双. The School’s AlumNite this year is particularly meaningful as we are coming together for a double celebration, to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students, and to confer the first NUS Emeritus Professorship of Public Health to a special, esteemed and inspiring individual.
I know Mr Dhanabalan as a down-to-earth, unassuming and patient man that gave little away about his sterling reputation and contributions as one of Singapore’s most notable leaders, who had steered the country’s miraculous journey from third world to first.
CFG has successfully evolved from the NUS career centre to become a first-of-its kind centre developing programmes that contribute to holistic education to equip students for successful future careers and enabling them to lead happy and meaningful lives, contributing to community and society.