Message from NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson on leadership transition

Dear alumni We have just started on a new academic year. As you are all aware, I will be stepping down as NTU President at the end of my term this December. I am grateful for all your well wishes and messages in recent months and I share your pride in our recent run of good news on the progress NTU has made in world rankings. The succession planning of this university has been carefully managed by NTU Chairman Koh Boon Hwee and the Board of Trustees in the last 18 months. As you already know, this has culminated in the announcement that Professor Subra Suresh will become the fourth President of NTU from 1 January 2018. I would also like to inform you that Professor Freddy Boey has decided to step down as NTU Provost with effect from 1 October 2017. For this period until the end of my term, Professor Lam Khin Yong will be the Acting Provost, in addition to his concurrent roles as Chief of Staff and Vice-President (Research). Khin Yong had already been serving as the Acting Provost since Freddy went on sabbatical in February 2017 and I am very grateful to Khin Yong for his ongoing dedicated service to the University.                                                                                             I would like to thank Freddy for his contributions as NTU Provost since 2011. From now till the end of my term, I will continue to actively lead a number of key NTU projects such as the FY2018 Budget, the launch of the Clinical Sciences Building at the Novena Campus, the review of NTU’s graduate programme and the strategic plans for next year’s undergraduate admissions.  Subra and I have met several times on campus and we are working closely with the NTU Chairman on a smooth leadership transition. I know Subra has already started meeting key appointment holders and various heads of administrative departments as part of his “listening tour” and he is expected to announce his core leadership team today. I am confident that NTU’s future leadership is in good hands and that NTU will stay on its rapid path of progress and transformation and be the dynamic young university that is much admired the world over. Please join me in extending Subra a warm welcome and I am sure you will offer him the same strong support that I have been so privileged to receive from all of you all along. Thank you. Professor Bertil Andersson PresidentNanyang Technological University, Singapore



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