Professor Tan Tai Yong will be leaving NUS after 35 years of esteemed service to take on the position of President of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) from 1 January 2023.
Prof Tan, who is Professor of History at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Yale-NUS Professor of Humanities, is an eminent scholar of South Asian and Southeast Asian history. He has been instrumental in the development of NUS and Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS) as an academic, education and administrative leader.
Reflecting on his career at the University, he said, “This has been a most meaningful journey with NUS. I hope that I have been able to contribute in equal measure to how much I have gained and learned from my students, fellow faculty and colleagues, who have greatly enriched my time at the University.”
“I will be carrying forward those lessons, memories and experiences with gratitude, as I begin a new chapter at SUSS,” said Prof Tan, who is currently on sabbatical leave until 31 December 2022.
As President of Yale-NUS from July 2017 to June 2022, Prof Tan helped nurture Yale-NUS into a highly respected liberal arts college, distinguished by its common curriculum and a tight-knit community of living and learning. Before his presidency at Yale-NUS, he served there as Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) between 2014 and 2017.