Provosts’ Plenary

26 March 2018, Monday, 2.15pm - 3.45pm

Please note that details of the Plenary are subject to change.

Venue: Sands Ballroom, Sands & Expo Convention Centre, Level 5

The inaugural Provosts’ Plenary will feature a panel discussion by provosts of the four co-hosting universities of APAIE 2018, namely National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, and Singapore University of Technology and Design.

University Provost and Panellists
 National University of Singapore (NUS)  Prof. HO Teck Hua
 Nanyang Technological University (NTU)  Prof. LING San
 Singapore Management University (SMU)  Prof. Lily KONG
 Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)  Prof. CHONG Tow Chong
 Singapore Management University (SMU)  Prof. TAN Chin Tiong

This distinguished panel will be moderated by Prof. Tan Chin Tiong, Senior Advisor to the President, SMU and former member of the APAIE Board of Directors.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: How will it change Singapore’s higher education landscape?

The West continues to lead in higher education but the Asia-Pacific region is developing faster than the rest of the world. How will the Fourth Industrial Revolution change Singapore’s higher education landscape? What initiatives enable the universities in the Asia-Pacific region to better compete with the more established universities in Europe and North America? This session will take an in-depth look at the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it will impact student mobility, academia-industry collaboration, as well as international education and research partnerships.


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Professor HO Teck Hua
Senior Deputy President and Provost
Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor
National University of Singapore

Teck is Senior Deputy President and Provost, and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at NUS. He is a prominent behavioural scientist, with a PhD and a master's degree in decision sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer and information sciences from NUS.

In 2011, Teck took a part-time appointment at NUS as Vice President (Research Strategy). In 2015 he became Deputy President (Research and Technology). In Singapore, he is on the boards of the National University Health System and the National Environment Agency, and is a fellow at the Civil Service College. He is also executive chairman of AI Singapore and chairman of the Singapore Data Science Consortium.

From 2002 to 2015, Teck was the William Halford Jr Family Professor of Marketing at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. In 1999, he earned tenure in the marketing department at the Wharton School. Before that, he was assistant professor of operations and technology management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

In 2015, Teck received the Williamson Award, the Haas School’s highest faculty award, named for Oliver Williamson, recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Professor LING San
Provost and Vice President (Academic)
Nanyang Technological University

Professor Ling is Provost and Vice President (Academic) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He joined NTU Singapore in 2005 as the Founding Head of Division of Mathematical Sciences in the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), after 13 years at the National University of Singapore. He has previously been Chair of SPMS and Dean, College of Science, at NTU Singapore.

Professor Ling obtained his BA and MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. The honours he has received include: the Singapore National Science Award (Team) in 2003, Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2013, and Fellowship of the Singapore National Academy of Science in 2014. He has also been a visiting scholar at institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley, INRIA, the Technion, Macquarie University and Hanyang University.

Professor Ling’s research interests are in applications of algebra and number theory to coding theory and cryptography. He has published about 180 papers, 2 textbooks and edited several conference proceedings. Professor Ling has also served on several professional bodies, and as a reviewer for research funding agencies in several countries.

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Professor Lily KONG
Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor (Social Sciences)
Singapore Management University

As Provost of SMU, Professor Kong is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and has the responsibility for leading the development of the university strategy and implementing policies relating to its academic activities, including teaching, learning and research, as well as faculty and student matters.  She works with the President in resource allocation to facilitate the delivery of the University’s mission.
Professor Kong is widely known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity.

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service (Geography of Religion and Belief Systems).

Prof Kong was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006. 

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Professor CHONG Tow Chong
Acting President and Provost
Singapore University of Technology and Design

As SUTD’s founding Provost, Prof Chong Tow Chong plays an instrumental role in steering the strategic development and operationalisation of SUTD, including the varsity’s educational curriculum, pedagogy, faculty recruitment, research progammes, industry collaboration, international visibility and campus development.
Prior to his current appointment, Prof Chong had a 15-year career in A*STAR as Executive Director of the Science and Engineering Research Council and Data Storage Institute. He also had a 30-year academic career with the National University of Singapore (NUS) as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Prof Chong authored and co-authored over 400 publications in international refereed journals, presented more than 35 invited talks and registered 25 patents. He received numerous awards such as the President’s Science and Technology Medal, the Public Administration Medal (Silver), the ASME ISPS Division Leadership in Research and Development Award and the Teaching Excellence Award from NUS.

Prof Chong received his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering  from NUS and a Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2003. 



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Professor TAN Chin Tiong
Senior Advisor to President
Professor of Marketing, Lee Kong Chian School of Business
Singapore Management University

Professor Tan Chin Tiong is Senior Advisor to the President of the Singapore Management University.  He was the founding Provost of Singapore Management University and the founding President of Singapore Institute of Technology.  Professor Tan received his PhD in Business from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Prof Tan is active in management development and consulting.  He designed and taught in many executive programmes around the world, a regular speaker in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa. Prof Tan is a co-author with Philip Kotler on Principles of Marketing: An Asian Perspective, and Marketing Management: An Asian Perspective.  He also co-authored New Asian Emperors: The Business Strategies of the Overseas Chinese, The Chinese Tao of Business: The Logic of Successful Business Strategy, Marketing Management: An Asian Casebook, Marketing in the New Asia, Strategic Marketing Cases for 21st Century Asia (with John Quelch), New Asian Emperors: The Overseas Chinese, Their Strategies and Competitive Advantages, and Marketing Insights for the Asia Pacific.

Prof Tan served on committees of various government bodies. He was a member of the Steering Committee for setting up the 3rd University (Singapore Management University) and 4th University (Singapore University of Technology and Design) in Singapore, under the Ministry of Education, Singapore.