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Mr Tan Hang Cheong to take over as Principal of Singapore Polytechnic.

1.         Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Deputy Principal (Academic Planning) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) will be appointed as Principal of Singapore Polytechnic (SP) (Designate) from 1 Sep 2007.  He will succeed Mr Low Wong Fook, the current Principal of SP when Mr Low retires at the end of 2007.

2.         As Principal of SP, Mr Low is a Director on the Board of Directors of Singapore Polytechnic International (SPI), which promotes the SP model of education overseas. After his retirement, Mr Low Wong Fook will continue to serve as a Director on the Board of Directors of SPI. SPI will be able to continue to tap on Mr Low's vast experience and knowledge in the technical education sector as well as the extensive regional links he established while leading SP.


Mr Tan Hang Cheong

3.         Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Computer Science) with 1st Class Honours from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, UK. He also has a Masters degree in Technology Management from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK. He joined NP in 1991, after 12 years in the IT industry. He progressed rapidly from Senior Lecturer to Principal Lecturer and was appointed Director of Institutional Planning and Development in 1997.

4.         Mr Tan spent two years at the Ministry of Education (MOE) as Deputy Director, Higher Education from 1999 to 2001. In this capacity, he contributed to several important projects in higher education, technical education, continuing education and training. For his contributions, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2001.

5.         Upon his return to NP, Mr Tan was appointed Deputy Principal. As Deputy Principal, he was directly involved in planning and formulating many of NP's strategic plans and initiatives. He was responsible for overseeing the development and launch of several new courses and academic initiatives, which have received strong endorsement from both industry and students. Between 2003 and 2006, he was concurrently appointed as the Director of the School of Engineering.

6.         Mr Tan has a strong understanding and in-depth perspective of technical education and is in an excellent position to lead SP forward. Mr Tan takes over the helm at SP on 1 Jan 2008.


Mr Low Wong Fook's Contributions

7.         Mr Low has led SP as its Principal since 1 January 1996. During this time, Mr Low has overseen major projects and guided the strategic direction of SP. Some key initiatives and innovative developments spearheaded by Mr Low which have led to the strategic growth and development of SP are:

  1. Introduction of many innovative diploma courses to meet the changing demands of industry and Singapore's economy. These new courses, which received strong positive response from students and industry, include Diplomas in Environmental Management & Water Technology, Tourism & Resort Management, Games Design & Development, Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Electronics, Integrated Events and Project Management, and Music and Audio Technology.

  2. Establishment of Technology & Innovation Centres to facilitate collaboration with industry, and the establishment of the Food Innovation and Resources Centre, the first Centre of Innovation to be set up in a polytechnic in Singapore. These initiatives have enabled SP to engage industry through joint applied R&D and consultancy, providing valuable exposure and experience for students and staff.

  3. Introduction of the Diploma-Plus scheme to facilitate the broadening of capable students' educational experience, and through which students can earn an additional qualification that enhances their employability. Under the Diploma-Plus scheme, students can pursue their full-time diploma concurrently with a Specialist Diploma or a Certificate course.

  4. Introduction of General Elective Modules, which serve to broaden students' educational experience by providing them with opportunities to pursue modules outside their main fields of study.

  5. Establishment of a new School of Design, which has infused the teaching of creativity, innovation and enterprise into the curricula of other courses in the entire Polytechnic. The Design School won a three-year grant from the Design Singapore Council to conduct the "Many Ways of Seeing" design awareness workshop for all secondary and primary school students.

  6. Forging international links through staff and student exchanges and community projects. Joint projects and collaboration with regional institutions in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as further afield in the US, Netherlands and Finland, have provided SP students and staff with opportunities to expand their horizons and hone their skills.

  7. Development of new facilities for a convention centre and new buildings for the Schools of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Chemical & Life Sciences. These were part of Mr Low's vision for a substantial makeover of the SP campus to better serve students, staff and industry.

  8. Mr Low personally worked with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to merge SP's Department of Maritime Technology and Transportation with MPA's National Maritime Academy to form the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA).

8.         During his term of office as Principal, Mr Low served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for the Metalworking Industry established by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). In addition, he served as a member of the Engineering Accreditation Board of the Institution of Engineers as well as the Skills Development Fund Advisory Committee under the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

9.         Under Mr Low's leadership, Singapore Polytechnic has obtained numerous quality awards (see Annex A for list of awards).

10.       For his outstanding national contributions and achievements, Mr Low was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2004 and the NTUC Medal of Commendation award in 2007.


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Annex A

List of Awards Received by Singapore Polytechnic

1.         Singapore Quality Class (1999, 2001, 2004)

2.         People Developer Standard (1999, 2002, 2005)

3.         ISO 9001 (2001, 2004)

4.         ISO 14001 (2001, 2004)

5.         Public Service Award for Organisational Excellence ( 2002, 2005)

6.         Green Wave Award, 2004

7.         Best Environment Report Award 2005, given by ACCA

8.         Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H. award (Gold),2004,2005 and 2006

9.         Total Defence Awards, 2007 - Distinguished Defence Partner Award

10.       Home Team NS Awards for Employee, 2007 - 1st Tier, Special Award

11.       SHRI awards for the following categories:

  1. Leading HR Practices (Special Mention) in Employee Health and Wellness , 2006

  2. Leading HR Practices in Quality Work Life, 2006

  3. Leading HR Practices (Special Mention) in Performance Management, 2007

  4. Leading HR Practices(Special Mention) in Learning and Human Capital Development, 2007

  5. Leading HR Practices in E-Human Resource Management, 2007

  6. Leading HR Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility, 2007

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