Singapore identity receives honorary doctorate
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Prominent Singapore businessman Mr Lim Kee Ming will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Adelaide this Saturday 25 April for his distinguished services to education and the community.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Professor James McWha, will admit Mr Lim to the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) in a ceremony at the Teochew Building, Singapore, at 10.30am.
Mr Lim is President of Ngee Ann Kongsi, one of Singapore's oldest non-profit charitable organisations that is actively involved in educational, cultural and welfare activities.
The well known, award-winning company director has an impressive record of service to the Singapore community over many decades.
He is Chairman of the Lim Teck Lee Group of Companies, which mainly engages in trading, real estate, manufacturing, service businesses and joint ventures with companies throughout South-East Asia.
Mr Lim is also a board member of the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre (NAAEC) that was established in 1998 as a joint venture between Ngee Ann Kongsi and the University of Adelaide.
For many years he served as President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and remains an honorary president today.
A graduate of both New York and Columbia Universities and with a Masters degree in Business and Economics, Mr Lim is a firm believer in the value of education. He is (or has been) a board member of various educational institutions, including the Nanyang Technological University, the Trade Development Board, the National University of Singapore as well as the University of Adelaide-Singapore.
In 1983 Mr Lim was conferred the title of "The Royal Order of the Polar Star, Class of Commander" by His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for his contribution to building close and better relations between Sweden and Singapore.
Between 1992 and 1994 he was appointed an expert adviser to the United Nations' Commission on Transnational Corporations.
Mr Lim was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) Public Service Medal and the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (BBM) Public Service Star in 1995 and 2004, respectively, by the President of Singapore.