Euleen Goh is new Rector of Cinnamon College at NUS

21 August 2015 | Education
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College is home to the University Scholars Programme

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Euleen Goh as the new Rector of Cinnamon College at NUS University Town (UTown). Ms Goh succeeded eminent East Asia historian Professor Wang Gungwu, who served as the College 's inaugural Rector since 2010, on 1 July 2015.

The College Rector is a non-residential, non-executive head of the College. Among other responsibilities, the Rector facilitates programmes and distinguished visitors for the College, and works with the College Master to build a sense of community and belonging among College residents and Fellows.

Cinnamon College is home to NUS ' University Scholars Programme (USP), a multidisciplinary, partially residential, academic programme for undergraduates.

The rectors of the three other residential colleges at UTown are Professor Tommy Koh (Tembusu College), Mr J Y Pillay (College of Alice & Peter Tan) and Professor Choo Chiau Beng (Residential College 4).

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, "NUS is delighted to have Ms Euleen Goh, who is a remarkable role model for women and youths in Singapore, as the Rector of Cinnamon College. I am confident that the College and our students will benefit greatly from her vast leadership experiences over the course of her illustrious career and her dedication to youth mentorship and volunteerism."

"Under the able leadership of Professor Wang Gungwu over the last five years, Cinnamon College has developed into a vibrant living and learning environment. On behalf of the University, I would like to express our deep appreciation to Prof Wang for his dedication and invaluable contributions," he added.

Making a Difference

Ms Goh is best known for being one of Singapore 's most sought after female board directors. She is a non-executive board member of Royal Dutch Shell plc, CapitaLand Limited, SATS Ltd, DBS Group Holdings Ltd, DBS Bank Ltd, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and a Trustee of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs Endowment Fund. Ms Goh also chairs the Board of her alma mater, Singapore Chinese Girls ' School and the Board of Governors of NorthLight School as well as DBS Foundation Ltd. She was also a former member of the Management Advisory Board of the NUS Business School.

An accountant by training, Ms Goh has had an outstanding career in the financial sector. In 1999, she became the first Singaporean to head the Standard Chartered Bank 's sales, corporate and institutional banking business, a role that required her to oversee the operations of one of the bank 's core businesses in more than 500 offices in some 50 countries. Two years later in 2001, Ms Goh took over as the Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank, the British bank 's second Asian female Chief Executive. She retired in 2006, after having spent some 21 years with the bank in various senior management positions.

Ms Goh is a firm believer in giving back to society and has played an active role in various youth mentorship and community programmes. She has only recently stepped down as Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation, where she was involved in numerous volunteer programmes.

Ms Goh was named Her World Woman of the Year 2005, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Singapore Women Hall of Fame for her achievements.

Ms Goh said, "I am honoured and excited to join in facilitating the experiential journey of our University Scholars Programme students at Cinnamon College to equip them for impactful lives ahead. The UTown residential colleges programme is a worthy extension of the learning and experiential journey of our students to prepare them for the uncertain and complex world beyond university. It provides a timely opportunity for our students to engage and shape their aspirations and purpose. An aim of the Cinnamon College is to encourage and empower our students to be positive change makers and, for our graduates to lead meaningful and impactful lives, both in the workplace and in the community at large."

Associate Professor Kang Hway Chuan, Director of the USP and Master of Cinnamon College, will work closely with Ms Goh to set strategic directions and shape the academic tone of the residential college.

About NUS University Town

The NUS UTown is an innovative model that integrates campus living with an exciting multidisciplinary academic programme to enable students to gain a richer, more multi-dimensional intellectual and personal development. The UTown residential colleges knit together academic, intellectual, social, athletic and artistic life through small classes and a highly interactive and engaging mix of activities, both within and beyond classrooms. UTown is now home to four residential colleges housing about 2,400 NUS undergraduates.

Please refer to the Annex for a brief biography of Ms Euleen Goh.