12 December 2017
The National University of Singapore has a special place in the heart of former president Tony Tan Keng Yam. “NUS is an institution that holds special significance to me, both personally and professionally,” he said at an appreciation lunch yesterday held by the university for him.
Dr Tony Tan was NUS chancellor from 2011 to earlier this year. The chancellor post, according to NUS Constitution, is filled by the president of Singapore.
Dr Tan was a physics student at the University of Malaya – the predecessor of NUS – at Bukit Timah campus. He began his teaching career in 1964 in the NUS physics department and subsequently the mathematics department. He left the university in 1969 to pursue a career in banking and later, politics.
NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan said Dr Tan had been a pillar of support as chancellor, as the university sought to develop further in education, research and enterprise.