News Details | 17-Oct-2012

Prestigious Lien Fellowship receives first batch of senior corporate leaders from Singapore

For the first time, three senior corporate leaders from Singapore have been awarded the prestigious Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship. They are Lianhe Zaobao editor Mr Goh Sin Teck, chief investment officer and managing director of Vertex Venture Holdings (a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings) Mr Tay Choon Chong and global venture capitalist BlueRun Ventures’ general partner Mr Tan Jui Kuang.

They join nine new Lien Fellows from China, including a ministerial-level government official, Dr Han Fangming, Vice Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Dr Han will be researching on Singapore’s diplomatic strategy and the mechanism of Singapore's multi-racial harmonious coexistence.

Mr Goh's research focus will be on China's government-run media industry, as well as the opportunities and challenges brought to the Singapore media. Mr Tan, a venture capitalist partner, will be focussing on how innovations and venture capital can change social behaviour in China. Mr Tay will study the impact of entrepreneurship on a society, and its suitability in societies of different cultures.

Together with this year’s batch of 12 fellows – the largest so far, the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship has accepted 39 fellows from Singapore and China since its inception in 2007.

The Fellowship is a joint initiative between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Lien Foundation to groom established and emerging leaders from Singapore and China. Through a high-level exchange programme, the scholars will conduct research that will foster positive change back in their countries. The programme is administered by NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA).

The Fellowship Council has been chaired by Mr Wong Kan Seng, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore since 2011. It comprises of eminent public figures and private individuals as well as representatives from the Lien Foundation, all of whom contribute to the strategic oversight of the programme.

At the opening ceremony of the 2012 Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship programme, Mr Wong said, “In this complex and ever changing global environment, it is necessary for Singapore and China to work closely together to strengthen bilateral relations and find mutual grounds for social and economic breakthroughs. I am happy that our Lien Fellows are committed to take up the responsibility and task to effect change.”

Professor Er Meng Hwa, NTU’s Vice President (International Affairs), said, “We are glad to receive 12 outstanding Lien Fellows this year, including three Singapore Lien Fellows. They are promising leaders with expertise ranging from foreign affairs, social and economic development, urban development, finance, food security, media and business management. I am confident that the fellowship programme will grow from strength to strength, and become more influential with more leaders coming on board.”

The Lien Fellows will undergo a one-year customised programme that includes networking, workshops, seminars and coursework. They will also undertake a short-term study period in China or Singapore, as well as study tours to institutions to pursue policy research in their areas of expertise. Drawing on their insights into the two counties’ economic and social policies and governance, they will formulate policy recommendations to address issues and concerns and foster positive change in their country.

In an act of forging closer ties between Singapore and China, three of the 2012 China Lien fellows will be speaking at the Lianhe Zaobao and NTU’s Mayors’ Class joint forum on “Outlook of China's economic and social trends after the 18th Party Congress” (to be conducted in Mandarin) on 20 October 2012, at the SPH Media Centre. The three speakers are Dr Han Fangming, Dr Yang Yiyong, and Dr Yang Baojun.

The Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship was jointly established by NTU and the Lien Foundation to honour the legacy of the late Dr Lien Ying Chow (1906-2004), one of the co-founders of Nanyang University, the predecessor of NTU. The Lien Fellowship programme, which is modelled after the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship in the United States, leverages on NTU's global network and extensive links with China to facilitate the professional development of rising leaders in Singapore and China.

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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