Adelaide management education expands to Singapore

Friday, 20 June 1997

The University of Adelaide and the respected Singapore-based education and welfare foundation Ngee Ann Kongsi will today sign a Joint Venture Agreement to establish a graduate education centre in Singapore.

A party of five delegates, headed by the Ngee Ann Kongsi's Vice-President, Mr Teo Chiang Long, and its Honorary Treasurer, Mr Richard Lee Sew Iam, has flown to Adelaide for the signing ceremony.

The centre's initial focus will be on management education, with the University's Master of Business Administration Program as the core and the first intake of students expected in February, 1998.

Non-award, executive management education courses are also planned, and eventually offerings will also be extended to other disciplines.

The centre will be located in the Ngee Ann Kongsi's Teochew Building, near the Orchard Road commercial precinct in Singapore.

"This agreement consolidates the University's already close links with Singapore, as well as its strategic objectives in the area of international education," said Professor Mary O'Kane, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.

"It also builds upon the University's particular strengths in graduate education."

Ngee Ann Kongsi is the welfare and education foundation of the Teochew community, whose members originate from a major dialect group-the second largest in Singapore-centred on China's Quangdong Province.

The foundation established its first school in 1907, and has been heavily involved in the funding of education at all levels in Singapore, including the highly regarded Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Some members of the Ngee Ann Kongsi and their families have very strong ties with the University of Adelaide-often spanning generations-and are active in the Alumni chapters in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The Vice-President, Mr Teo, is an Adelaide economics graduate (BEc 1967).


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