Ho Han Kiat

Ho Han Kiat


I think the ART of good teaching is firmly anchored on the HEART for teaching. One must first enjoy the process of teaching in order to be motivated to improve, to innovate, and even to re-invent. To fuel that passion, we should adopt a learner’s mindset unceasingly, gaining new insights along the way. In so doing, I hope we can all rediscover the joy of apprenticeship, and help others achieve the ends of the learning without compromising on the means to get there.

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Associate Professor Han Kiat HO, Ph.D., DABT, is a faculty member of the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science. He received his Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) with First Class Honors from NUS in 2000. Subsequently, he was awarded the A*STAR Overseas Graduate Scholarship and obtained his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2005. In 2009, he joined NUS and started his research lab investigating various aspects of liver diseases including the management of drug-induced liver toxicity, liver fibrosis and liver cancer. Over the years as a faculty member, he has published more than 90 papers in internationally recognized journals and has won multiple university-level teaching excellence awards, including the Outstanding Educator Award in 2020. He has served as the Deputy Head of Department at Pharmacy from 2016 to 2020, overseeing all aspects of education. He is an elected fellow of NUS Teaching Academy since 2014 including a two-year term as her Vice Chair in 2018-2020. He was also a joint fellow at the University Scholars Program from 2016-2020. Currently, he holds an administrative appointment as the Dean-Designate of Students within the Office of Student Affairs.

About being a part of the Academy…

Being part of the Academy is accepting a call to greater commitment towards teaching. I believe Teaching Academy plays a key role in NUS as a conduit to advocate good teaching practices and influence education policies so that our graduates can become more workforce-ready and future-ready. Beyond that, it is a champion for scholarship in teaching through leading by example and equipping the rest of the academic community with the know-how to do so.

 Teaching Awards / Accolades

  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching (AY2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching (AY2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Honor Roll (AY2012/13)
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Honor Roll (AY2012/13)
  • Liew Weng Chee Scholarship 2013 provided for overseas training (including teaching engagements) at the Institute of Drug Safety Sciences, University of North Carolina
  • Inducted into the NUS Teaching Academy (2014-2017)