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Former Singapore President Halimah Yacob to assume role of SUSS Chancellor on October 1st

Madam Halimah Yacob, Singapore’s former President, is set to become SUSS Chancellor on October 1st, succeeding Stephen Lee, who held the role since 2018.

Her appointment follows her recent resignation as the country’s eighth President on September 13th.



SINGAPORE: On Monday (25 Sep), the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) revealed its new chancellor, former President Halimah Yacob, who will officially assume the role starting October 1st.

She takes over from Stephen Lee, who has held the position since 2018.

Following her recent resignation as Singapore’s eighth President on September 13th, Madam Halimah Yacob now embarks on her new role as SUSS Chancellor, with President Tharman Shanmugaratnam succeeding her in the city-state’s highest office.

SUSS extends its heartfelt gratitude to Mr Stephen Lee for his steadfast support during his tenure as SUSS Chancellor, where he brought dignity and weight to SUSS’ convocation ceremonies, marking a significant milestone for thousands of SUSS graduates.

Renowned for her advocacy on critical social issues and her dedication to lifelong learning, Madam Halimah expressed her deep honor at her appointment as SUSS Chancellor.

“I am honoured to be appointed as the new Chancellor of SUSS. This university has a unique place in Singapore, with its mission to inspire learning for life. It is something I firmly believe in, as it is a mindset that empowers individuals to embrace change in an ever-evolving world and to continue growing throughout their lives. ”

“I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure SUSS’ continued success in impacting society through applied social sciences.”

SUSS underscores that Madam Halimah’s wisdom, leadership, and unwavering commitment are perfectly aligned with the university’s values, undoubtedly serving as a wellspring of inspiration for the SUSS community on its journey toward excellence.

Madam Halimah’s career is marked by several groundbreaking achievements. In 2013, she became the first woman to be elected as the ninth Speaker of Parliament. Subsequently, she made history as Singapore’s first female President, presiding over the nation from 2017 to 2023.

Madam Halimah holds patronage over more than 40 charitable and community organizations, including SUSS.

She has graced several university events, including the renaming ceremony for SUSS’ School of Human Development & Social Services to the S R Nathan School of Human Development.

On the other hand, Stephen Lee, the outgoing chancellor, boasts a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors.

Currently, he chairs NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative and Shanghai Commercial Bank (Hong Kong) and serves as a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers.

He also holds directorships with prominent organizations such as Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd, CapitaLand Limited, and the Singapore Labour Foundation.

Reflecting on these transitions, SUSS President Tan Tai Yong expressed the university’s privilege in welcoming Madam Halimah Yacob as the new chancellor.

“She has long been a champion of important social issues and an advocate for impacting lives. Her presence will make our university an even stronger force for doing good in society, encouraging learning for life, and positively influencing people’s lives.”
“We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to Stephen Lee for his strong support for SUSS over his five-year term as chancellor. Lee has always been supportive of SUSS’ endeavours, and we have benefited much from his wisdom and guidance during our early years as an autonomous university.”
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The Chancellor should be a foreigner with decades of experience in a education institution. The person will al bring in a new perspective to the university. This appointment is not in the interest of the university and the students. It is once again used to reward a shameless PAP crony.

You have to serve LHL obediently to be rewarded with such appointments or State properties. The emperor throws these bones as rewards. The PAP dogs gather to pick it up enthusiastically void of any respect of themselves. Every PAP member is sick in the head earning too much money.

They searched the entire “world” for talent. But only one “talented” individual stood out. Truly, now students at SUSS can enjoy classes on how to navigate the difficult environment of a wet market and the health benefits from drinking Milo Gao Kosong instead of just regular Milo.

I hope the 70% are happy with their choices. I know I am. Are we all not entertained?

Why jobs are not advertised? LoL

Having played her previous role “obediently”, … … she’s now rewarded with what would appear to be the beginnings of a “job for life” !!!

What a waste of a talented individual indeed, … specialising in the areas of “good for nothing”, she’ll have a long long career ahead of her !!!

See, proof that if one is involved in a kelong scheme, one can expects rewards. Not SG meritocracy but Ah Loong meritocracy style, hor.

Ownself appoint ownself

They have to keep her “occupied” or else she might write an “inconvenient” memoir in her (very) free time 🙂

We work so hard to get this qualification/experience and that qualification/experience…. qualifications that are really exorbitant but we can never get such good paying jobs or positions.
On the other hand, some do not need qualifications or experiences but can get the position and the salary of the experienced and qualified.

I guess … down the road she will be awarded with honorary doctorate.
The plan is perfect!!!

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Coward, didn’t dare to stand for re-election. Doubt she could get even 5-10% of voters, and she likely knows it.

Correct!!. Big cat eat fish if chicken is expensive. tsk tsk tsk

This is called long term planning; the PAP way.

Still keeping their cronies employed as usual. Cronyism in full throttle again.
After this what next? CEO of MILO?

PAP wins again..

This is their so called foreign talent. No talent at all

Did TAFEP knows she apply for the job? tsk tsk tsk

She already in the habit of doing nothing, so this post certainly suits her.

Also show this PAP ex-whatever cannot survive outside the government, like Khaw, George, Ah Meng, Lui, they must return to PAP leeching on taxpayers.

Someone in pap calling that they sacrificed their private sector job to enter politics. This shows that they can really land jobs outside politics

They just could not let these….boot lickers to retire and be done with!😆😆😆😆