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NTU Singapore, donors, raise $3 million for a new Professorship in tribute to the University’s founding President

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Nanyang Technological University

NTU Singapore, donors, raise S$3 million for a new Professorship in tribute to the University’s founding President

image: NTU President Professor Subra Suresh (left, holding cheque) and Professor Cham Tao Soon, NTU President Emeritus (right, holding cheque) together with donors University faculty and staff at the launch of the Cham Tao Soon Career Development Professorship in Engineering. view more 

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University alumni, faculty, and partners of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have raised S$3 million for a new Professorship named after the University’s founding president, Professor Cham Tao Soon.


Launched with the support of donors and Schools in NTU’s College of Engineering, the Cham Tao Soon Career Development Professorship in Engineering aims to recognise mid-career faculty members with distinguished achievements.


The income from the endowed fund supports the awardee’s research and salary, with any surplus to be used in supporting activities related to the appointment.


Professor Cham Tao Soon, NTU President Emeritus, said: “The Career Development Professorship in Engineering is very much in line with my initial task of building up NTU from scratch. Over my years as President, I had the pleasure of working with many talented young academic staff under the Principal Staff Officers Scheme, most of whom turned out to be very successful and became key professors at the University. I hope with the establishment of the current Professorship, more young academic staff will be given such opportunity. The fund will be useful in helping them with their research.”


“I wish to thank all the donors who made this fund possible. It shows their firm belief partnering the University, its professors and its students to create positive impact on our collective future. NTU and I are grateful for their noble spirit,” added Professor Cham.


Professor Cham is the founding President of NTU, which was formed in 1991 following the merger of the Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) and National Institute of Education. He held the position for 22 years until stepping down in 2002 and was conferred the title of President Emeritus in July 2007.


NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, said: “This endowed professorship is the University’s tribute to Professor Cham. By establishing this professorship, the University is pleased to acknowledge and celebrate his many contributions in leading NTI, and in building and nurturing NTU through its early years.  The Cham Tao Soon Career Development Professorship in Engineering recognises mid-career faculty members with impressive achievements and further potential for significant advancement in their careers.”


The award specifically recognises and rewards this group of outstanding faculty and encourages them to continue excelling in their careers so as to raise the standards of research, teaching, and knowledge transfer in the University.


The Professorship awardee will hold the title of “Career Development Professor in Engineering”, which is tenable for up to five years.


The Professor will advance the state of knowledge and education in the field of Engineering, including:


•         Conducting cutting edge research and development;

•         Helming seminars on trends and findings impacting the selected field;

•         Mentoring younger researchers and academics; and

•         Teaching graduate/undergraduate programmes.





About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Medicine, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges.

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

Under the NTU Smart Campus vision, the University harnesses the power of digital technology and tech-enabled solutions to support better learning and living experiences, the discovery of new knowledge, and the sustainability of resources.

Ranked amongst the world’s top universities, the University’s main campus is also frequently listed among the world’s most beautiful. Known for its sustainability, over 95% of its building projects are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a medical campus in Novena, Singapore’s healthcare district.

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