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Congratulations to Professor Ten Chin Liew!

Prof Ten Chin Liew was conferred the title Emeritus Professor on 17 April 2015 in recognition of his sterling contributions and distinguished service to scholarship and the University.

Prof Ten has accumulated over 25 years of service to the University, including 7½ years as Head of the Department of Philosophy and countless hours as a dedicated and inspiring teacher and supervisor. He is also a Fellow at both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Services.

Prof Ten is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities, if not the leading authority on the political philosophy of John Stuart Mill. His ideas have influenced the likes of other notable philosophers such as H.L.A. Hart, Joseph Raz, Nigel Walker and Wayne Summer, just to name a few. Prof Ten had also contributed nationally in the areas of bioethics and laboratory animal research.

On receiving the Emeritus Professorship, Prof Ten says: “I am delighted and honoured to be given this Award. My association with NUS and its predecessors goes back a very long way. I was a freshman at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in 1957. I graduated with B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1961. My first full-time academic appointment was to the Philosophy Department, University of Singapore, in 1964.”

“Since then I have taught at Monash University in Australia and at the National University of Singapore. In Singapore, I have greatly enjoyed teaching a wide range of courses, both undergraduate and graduate, in the Philosophy Department and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. I look forward to my continued association with NUS.”

On behalf of the University, NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye presented a goldfish plaque as a token of appreciation for Prof Ten. The poem at the lower left of the plaque reads:

Nine goldfish swimming happily all day long
Up to the fragrant lotus in the pond
When the time is right and the wind
Begins to blow, their dreams will come true
Lo and Behold.”

Auspiciously significant to the Chinese, the goldfish signifies wealth and abundance while the lotus is a symbol of purity and fruitfulness due to its ability to flourish even in muddy water.

Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Ten once again!

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NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye, presenting the goldfish plaque to Prof Ten
(Photo credit: Nicholas Cai)


Prof Ten (4th from right), NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye (right), FASS Dean Prof Brenda Yeoh (2nd from right), FASS Director of Administration Mr Mark Teng (left, first row), Prof Chong Chi Tat, Head of the Department of Philosophy A/P Michael Pelczar and the faculty from the Department of Philosophy at the award ceremony.

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In defence of academic research

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Aamir Rafique Hashmi from the Department of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he discussed the value of academic research. The article was in response to an earlier opinion piece which argued that academic research is not shaping public policy.

Asst Prof Hashmi opined that academic papers are primarily a means to facilitate debate among experts and that when these debates lead to significant discoveries, such discoveries are shared with the practitioners, policymakers and the public using multiple available channels. He added that academic papers are extremely useful in facilitating the creation of new knowledge and ideas, and their usefulness cannot be gauged solely by the count of the number of people who read them.

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Changing places of worship

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Channel NewsAsia

In this report on the effect of urbanisation on the places of worship in Singapore, Professor Lily Kong, NUS Vice Provost (Academic Personnel) and faculty member at the Department of Geography, noted that one of the first things that migrants did when they first came to Singapore in the early days, was that they set up shrines as an expression of thanks. Prof Kong also shared her views about a recent announcement by the government on the possibility of housing several worship places in one building to cater to rising demand for such places.

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Lessons from Lee Kuan Yew

Friday, 10 April 2015

Daily News

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Tilak Abeysinghe from the Department of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Abeysinghe, who is also the Director of the faculty’s Singapore Centre for Applied and Policy Economics, discussed the legacy of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was the chief architect of modern Singapore, and shared insights on the areas that other nations can learn from the Singapore story, in relation to leadership and continuity, cabinet, national security, good governance and development strategies.

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