News Details | 26-Mar-2009

Launch of Harvard Ezra F. Vogel Malaysia/Singapore Initiative and Inaugural Public Lecture

  • Tie up between NTU, Harvard University Asia Centre and Lam Kin-chung Morning Sun Charity Fund brings internationally eminent Harvard professors to NTU

Students and faculty at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) can look forward to a series of distinguished public lectures by eminent professors from Harvard University with the introduction of the Harvard Ezra F. Vogel Malaysia/Singapore Initiative.

Named after Professor Ezra F. Vogel, who served as the Director of Harvard University Asia Centre from 1997 to 1999, the programme sees Harvard University Asia Centre, which focuses on international relations in Asia and comparative studies of Asian countries and regions, partnering NTU and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) of Malaysia.  It aims to strengthen Harvard University’s linkage with world-class universities across Southeast and South Asia, starting with Singapore and Malaysia, through a series of public lectures delivered by Harvard faculty members.  Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Finance, is appointed an Honorary Patron of the initiative.

The Singapore lectures will be hosted by NTU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) twice a year, for a period of five years, while UTAR will be hosting the Malaysia lectures. The programme opens up new opportunities for NTU students and faculty to interact with internationally acclaimed and outstanding Harvard academics from various fields.  It also paves the way for future academic and research collaborations between NTU and Harvard University. 

The programme is sponsored by Dr Lam Kin-chung, Founder and Chairman of Lam Kin-chung Morning Sun Charity Fund. Dr Lam, who has made significant contributions in promoting peace, education and culture, was presented the John Harvard Fellowship by Harvard University in 2000.  He has been serving on the Harvard University Asia Centre Advisory Committee since 2000.

The Harvard Ezra F. Vogel Malaysia/Singapore Initiative will be officially launched by Guest-of-Honour Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Thursday, 26 March 2009, at Lee Kong Chian Lecture Theatre, NTU.  At the ceremony, NTU, Harvard University Asia Centre and Lam Kin-chung Morning Sun Charity Fund will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise the Singapore collaboration.  The MOU will be signed by Professor Euston Quah, Acting Chair of HSS and Head of Division of Economics of NTU, Prof Arthur Kleinman, the Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard University Asia Centre, and Dr Lam Kin-chung.

In conjunction with the event, Prof Arthur Kleinman will deliver the inaugural public lecture on “The Global Economic Crisis and Moral Changes”, which examines the moral problems and dilemmas in society, economics, politics, professions, and religions in face of the global economic crisis.  The lecture will be chaired by Associate Professor Kwok Kian Woon, Head of NTU’s Division of Sociology.  Professor Kleinman has conducted research on Chinese society since 1969 and has been involved in activities in other Asian societies including Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia.
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