|Top NUS academic title for China expert
The Straits Times, Friday, 20 April 2007, Page H13
Wang Gungwu only the third person to be made University Professor by NUS
By Ho Ai Li
RENOWNED China expert Wang Gungwu has become the latest member of an exclusive club at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Professor Wang, who joined NUS in 1997, is only the third person to be made University Professor, the institution's highest academic appointment. He joins former NUS vice-chancellor Lim Pin and NUS mathematics department head Chong Chi Tat.
The title is given to those who have 'rendered outstanding leadership and service' to NUS and the wider community.
He received his appointment last night at NUS' annual University Awards ceremony.
It is the latest in a series of accolades for Prof Wang, who won NUS' Outstanding Service Award two years ago and even has a library at the Chinese Heritage Centre named in his honour.
The University Professor title was first handed out in 2000.
'It's an interesting idea. It stems from a more American system, with universities acknowledging the work of their professors,' said Prof Wang, who is director of the East Asian Institute.
Prof Wang, 76, is a leading expert on the Chinese diaspora and Chinese identity.
Also honoured last night were Professor Chan Soh Ha from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and law professor Koh Kheng Lian, who were appointed Emeritus Professors.
The title of Emeritus Professor is awarded for life and recognises distinguished scholarship and service to NUS.
Both dons have taught at NUS for at least 30 years.
Outstanding Educator Award
• Dr Sunita Anne Abraham, department of English language and literature
• Associate Professor Victor Tan, department of mathematics
Outstanding Researcher Award
• Associate Professor Liu Xiang-Yang, department of physics
Young Researcher Award
• Assistant Professor Chen Ping, department of chemistry and department of physics
• Associate Professor Mahmood Ishtiaq, department of business policy
• Associate Professor Alirio Melendez, department of physiology
• Assistant Professor Yu Hao, department of biological sciences
Outstanding Service Award
• Professor Lui Pao Chuen, chief defence scientist at Ministry of Defence
• Professor Saw Swee Hock, professorial fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies