Mr Ho gave the keynote address at The Straits Times Education Forum 2017, which was organised in partnership with SMU. He said that one major impediment in adapting to disruptive change is the glaring contradiction between Singapore's numerous scholastic achievements on the one hand and its lack of innovative capabilities on the other.
IPS-NATHAN LECTURE SERIES
Mr Ho Kwon Ping
SMU Executive ChairmanMr Ho, the first Institute of Policy Studies S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, delivered five much-discussed lectures on Singapore: The Next 50 Years. Read his speeches below:
At the Institute of Policy Studies’ annual conference themed, “Singapore Perspectives 2102 – Singapore Inclusive: Bridging Divides” held on 16 January 2012, Mr Ho spoke about the need to complete the wage revolution that was started in the 1980s in order to close the widening income gap.
He discerns that Singapore has a dual-income economy: an internationally competitive and well-paid economy, and a low cost, low-skilled domestic economy. To bring about a more equal and self-reliant society, he urges that wages in the domestic service industries should be raised.
Mr Ho, founder and executive chairman of luxury resort operator Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd., talks about his life, career and business philosophy on Bloomberg Television's "High Flyers."
THE CFE AMBITION: GETTING S’PORE’S ECONOMY INTO HIGHER GEAR
Professor Arnoud De Meyer
The past is another country, one of catch-up, suggested Professor De Meyer, writing by invitation for The Straits Times. His feature took a deeper look at the report from the Committee for the Future Economy (CFE) and made five bold proposals to take Singapore to a higher level amid an uncertain future.
Could Singapore improve on its position as a place to develop innovations that make a difference for the world? Prof De Meyer highlighted three areas that Singapore does well in and the areas where it could do better. Prof De Meyer emphasised that we also need passion for innovation, tolerance for a bit of messiness and creativity, a great openness to the world, and the modesty that we cannot be good at everything. Finally, he opined that we may have to make choices about which technologies and systems we can excel in. It is a simple strategy of differentiation and focus. As a small nation, Singapore must choose some niche areas in which it wants to be the best.
Professor De Meyer was invited by the Singapore Ministry of Education to deliver a keynote speech, “The Future of Singapore Workforce. Getting it right – Technology, Innovation and Talent Management” at their Education and Career Guidance Seminar on 30 October 2015. The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Acting Minister for Education (Schools) and Senior Minister of State for Transport Mr Ng Chee Meng and attended by educators, career counsellors and industry partners. The Straits Times published on 9 November 2015, Professor De Meyer’s opinion editorial article, which is an extract of his keynote speech.
Professor De Meyer elaborates on the topic of innovation. He defines the term and its components, and comments on the significance it has in an economy.
PRESIDENTIAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES: RELIGION AND SPACE
Professor Lily Kong SMU Provost
In the first lecture in the series delivered by a member of the SMU faculty, Professor Kong discussed her latest book Religion and Space: Competition, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World.
RELIGIOUS COMPETITION: HOW TO KEEP THE GOOD, MINIMISE THE BAD
Professor Lily Kong
In a commentary for The Straits Times –drawing on ideas from her book Religion and Space: Competition, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World, written with co-author Dr Orlando Woods – Professor Kong discussed the pros and cons of religious competition and the challenges of building resilience in a multi-religious society.
EDUCATION IN MANAGEMENT AND THE LIBERAL ARTS: NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET?
Professor Lily Kong
In a special feature, Professor Kong highlighted the importance of integrating humanities (and social sciences) into business management education, and the value of cross-cultural communications and cultural awareness. She added that graduates with a broad-based education are more likely to display versatility and be articulate and knowledgeable in diverse subjects, hence making them more sought after in the market. Read more.
WHAT'S A DEGREE WORTH?
Professor Arnoud De Meyer
The transformative educational experience at SMU gives its graduates the extra edge in getting the jobs they want upon graduation.
Sharing this and more was Professor De Meyer who was on the panel of Channel NewsAsia’s Sg+. He also discussed and shared his insights on the increasing number of university graduates in Singapore, the job market and whether graduates would be able to get the jobs they want.