News Details | 16-Sep-2009

Inaugural batch of Singapore Lien Fellows to draw lessons from China’s experiences to spearhead change

Three emerging leaders from Singapore have been selected as the 2009 recipients of the prestigious Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship (连瀛洲纪念奖学金), a joint initiative launched in 2007 by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Lien Foundation to groom established and emerging leaders in Singapore and China, and to give them the opportunity to interact and develop professionally. 

The first batch of three Singapore Lien Fellows are career high-flyers from the government and education sectors.  Mr Lee Yuen Hee is the Deputy Secretary (International) of the Ministry of Transport (新加坡交通部国际事务副常任秘书李源喜先生), while Mr Teo Eng Cheong holds the title of Chief Executive at the Competition Commission of Singapore (新加坡竞争局局长张永昌先生).  Dr Foo Suan Fong is the Principal of Nan Hua High School (南华中学校长符传丰博士).

During their one-year tenure, the scholars will spend three months in China, and each will have a customised programme involving sessions with professors from Remin University of China and government departments.  The programme gives the scholars the freedom to select and develop their research topics based on their individual speciality field and research interest.  They will actively participate in the design of their programme, which includes an eclectic mix of networking, seminars, workshops and coursework.  They will undertake policy research in selected areas such as transportation and environmental management, enterprise development, as well as educational system, family structure and societal change in China.  Leveraging NTU’s global network and extensive links with China, the scholars will draw lessons from China’s dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit in the face of rapid change and evolving opportunities to foster changes and developments in Singapore.  They will explore plausible solutions and formulate policy recommendations to address issues and concerns.

Apart from the short-term study at China’s Remin University, which started in early September 2009, the scholars will join study tours to participating institutions, such as the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Commerce and Beijing Normal University.  This will help facilitate exchanges with Chinese officials, senior executives and academics.

The Lien Fellows were chosen through a stringent interview and selection process administrated by the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship Council chaired by formal top civil servant and NTU adjunct professor Mr Ngiam Tong Dow (连瀛洲纪念奖学金理事会主席严崇涛先生).  The fellowship’s partner in China – the China Education Association for International Exchange (中国教育国际交流协会) – an NGO supported by China’s Ministry of Education, has rendered immense support in designing and facilitating the exchange programme and study tours for the Singapore scholars.

The first batch of four Lien Fellows from China came to NTU in April 2008 to start their one-year stint which offered insights into Singapore’s economic policy and governance.  At an academic presentation held at NTU on 24 April 2009, the four senior Chinese officials – Dr Jin Weigang from China’s human resource and social security ministry, economists Dr Qiu Yong and Dr Xing Ying, and environmental scientist Dr Wang Yeyao – shared the outcome of their research, which aim to solve intractable issues.

A dinner hosted by Council Chairman Mr Ngiam Tong Dow will be held at Intercontinental Beijing Financial Street, Beijing on 16 September 2009 to welcome the Singapore Lien Fellows.

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Singapore Lien Fellows 2009  连瀛洲纪念奖学金新加坡学者 (2009)

Mr Lee Yuen Hee 李源喜先生
• Deputy Secretary (International), Ministry of Transport, Singapore
• Research Focus: Transportation Sector and Environmental Management in China

Mr Teo Eng Cheong  张永昌先生 
• Chief Executive, Competition Commission of Singapore
• Research Focus: Enterprise Development in China
研究兴趣: 中国国家政策从改革开放至今对中国企业发展的影响,以及中国如何发展未来的世界级大企业

Dr Foo Suan Fong  符传丰博士
• Principal, Nan Hua High School
• Research Focus: Educational system, Family Structure and Societal Change in China

China Lien Fellows 2008  连瀛洲纪念奖学金中国学者 (2008)

Dr Wang Yeyao  王业耀博士
- Vice President, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences中国环境科学研究院副院长
- Research Project: An Insight into Singapore’s Water Pollution Control and Water Resources Sustainability Management 新加坡水污染控制与水资源可持续管理模式及其对中国水污染控制与水环境管理的启示

Dr Qiu Yong  邱勇博士
- Deputy Director General, China Securities Regulatory Commission, Guangdong Bureau中国证券监督管理委员会广东监管局副局长
- Research Project: The Singapore Experience – Successes and Challenges 新加坡经验:成功与挑战 —— 兼论新加坡经验对中国的借鉴意义

Dr Xing Ying  邢颖博士
- Deputy Director General, Global Investment Department, National Council for Social Security Fund 中国全国社会保障基金理事会境外投资部副主任
- Research Project: Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Management – Operation and Insight  新加坡主权财富基金的管理运作及启示

Dr Jin Weigang  金维刚博士
- Deputy Director, Social Security Institute, Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security 中国人力资源和社会保障部社会保障研究所副所长
- Research Project: Research on Singapore’s Social Security System  新加坡社会保障体制研究


About Nanyang Technological University 

About China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
At the early stage of China’s reform and opening-up, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China approved the joint report presented by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) in July, 1981. The headquarters of CEAIE is located in Beijing.

CEAIE is China’s nationwide not-for-profit organization conducting international educational exchanges. The executive body of CEAIE is the Secretariat which is under the direct guidance of the Ministry of Education. At present there are 149 member institutions in CEAIE, including educational institutions at various levels.

The highest governing body of CEAIE is the Council. The 198 council members are recommended by CEAIE member institutions. CEAIE has local educational associations for international exchanges in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities as well as in 11 other cities.

In 1991, CEAIE was approved by the Ministry of Civil Affairs as a national NGO. CEAIE is the major educational association (institution) in China; it also serves as the member institution or standing committee member of other national organizations including the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, China NGO Network for International Exchanges, etc… CEAIE is approved by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs as having the authority to organize overseas training.

The Secretariat of CEAIE has worked with more than 1000 partners associations and institutions at home, and has established long-term working relationship with over 170 educational organizations in more than 50 countries and regions.

In 2006, CEAIE was granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. In 2008, CEAIE became the NGO Associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.

CEAIE has a full commitment to meeting the needs of China’s modernization construction, developing exchanges and cooperation between the Chinese educational community and other parts of the world, promoting the advancement of education, culture, science and technology, and strengthening understanding and friendship among the peoples of all countries and regions of the world.

Under the principles of equality, mutual benefit and friendship, CEAIE carries out extensive communications and cooperation activities together with foreign and domestic educational and scientific research institutions, academic groups, education, science and technology exchange organizations, schools and organizations, enterprises and funds that enthusiastically support education.


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