The President of the Republic of Singapore is the Chancellor of the University. The Chancellor holds the authority to confer degrees and presides at Commencement when present. The Chancellor may appoint such persons to be Pro-Chancellors as s/he may consider proper. If for any reason the Chancellor is unable to exercise any of his functions, s/he may authorise any of the Pro-Chancellors to exercise those functions on his behalf. There are currently six Pro-Chancellors appointed by the Chancellor.
President Halimah Yacob
Madam Halimah Yacob served in the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) for 33 years and held various positions including as NTUC Deputy Secretary General, NTUC Director of the Legal Services Dept, NTUC Director of the Women’s Development Secretariat, Director of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies (now known as the OTCI Institute) and Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries. She also represented NTUC on various national committees including the Economic Review Committee.
Madam Halimah also represented Singapore in the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation for 12 years, the first Singaporean to be elected into the ILO. She represented workers in many ILO committees including the Committee on International Labour Standards and Legal Issues, the Technical Committee and the Committee on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
Madam Halimah secured her basic law degree and Masters in Law from the National University of Singapore. In 2016, she was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Laws by the NUS.
In 2001, Madam Halimah was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the Jurong Group Representation Constituency. Her final and fourth term as an MP was in the newly formed Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.
In 2011, Madam Halimah was appointed Minister of State for the Ministry of Community Development and Sports where she introduced various programmes for seniors, including home-based care, and enhanced services for the disabled through the Centre of Enabled Living (now known as SG Enable). She also laid the foundation for the establishment of the Social Services Offices.
In 2013, Madam Halimah was elected the ninth Speaker of Parliament and became the first woman to hold that position.
With her passion for social causes, Madam Halimah is patron to more than 40 organisations including The Courage Fund, Special Olympics Singapore, Youth Corp Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, Singapore Association of Mental Health and Ain Society.
Passionate about women’s issues, Madam Halimah was awarded the Woman of the Year by Her World Magazine (2003), the AWARE Heroine Award (2011) and is an inductee of the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (2014). She was conferred the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year in 2001.
Madam Halimah was sworn in as the 8th President of the Republic of Singapore on 14 September 2017.