新一年的开始往往是一个特殊的时刻 – 这是一个反思前一年的机会，也是一个思考未来一年新的可能性，方向和目标的机会。
我非常感谢Tan Chorh Chuan教授在过去的九年担任新加坡国立大学校长期间作出的杰出贡献。他被卫生部任命为新加坡首位卫生科学家，医疗卫生转型办公室创始执行董事。我知道，我们中的许多人都期待与他密切合作。
对于Tan Chorh Chuan教授和所有参与实现顺利交接的人，我想说，感谢您的支持。
Tan Eng Chye
1 January 2018
Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Friends of NUS
Dear Colleagues, Students, Alumni and Friends
A New Beginning
The start of a new year is always a special time – it’s an opportunity to reflect on the year before, and a time to think about new possibilities, directions and goals in the year ahead.
I am humbled and honoured to start this new year as the 5th President of the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the 23rd leader of this very special institution.
As some of you may know, I have a long and deep relationship with NUS, both personally and professionally. I joined NUS as an undergraduate student in the Department of Mathematics in 1981, and had the opportunity to serve in a leadership position of a student club. I also met my wife, a fellow student in the same department, during my undergraduate years. I was fortunate to have been mentored by professors who encouraged me to join academia. Upon graduation, under the NUS Senior Tutorship scheme, I pursued my doctoral studies at Yale University. I returned to NUS in 1989 as a faculty member, and served in several leadership roles since 1994. I was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science in 2003, and Provost from 2007.
I am immensely grateful to Professor Tan Chorh Chuan for his outstanding leadership as President of NUS over the last nine years. He has been appointed by the Ministry of Health as Singapore’s first Chief Health Scientist and Founding Executive Director of the Office of Healthcare Transformation. I know that many of us look forward to working closely with him in his new role.
To Chorh Chuan and everyone involved in enabling a smooth leadership transition, thank you for your support.
Shaping NUS’ Future Together
In the last quarter of 2017, I met with many of you in a series of engagement sessions to share my thoughts on our education, research, enterprise, and administration. Thank you for the feedback and suggestions that you have shared with me at these gatherings.
In the new year ahead, the NUS leadership team will be working closely with the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni to further propel NUS on its transformation journey as one of the world’s leading universities. In particular, we will be exploring how we can:
• Increase our lead and competitiveness in Innovation and Enterprise, to “punch well above our weight”;
• Develop new peaks of research excellence;
• Recruit, develop and retain a top-notch pool of faculty and researchers who will help spearhead this transformation;
• Further “future-proof” our students; and
• Achieve administrative excellence.
To Be A Great University
NUS has achieved tremendous growth over the years. Today, we are a highly regarded institution in Singapore and internationally, and members of our community are innovating and scaling new heights, creating positive impact, and contributing to society.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your many contributions to NUS. I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with you as we strive together to transform NUS into a truly great university.
I wish you a very Happy New Year, and an exciting 2018!
With best wishes
Tan Eng Chye