SUSS Welcomes Ex-SIA Chairman And Employer Relations Veteran Stephen Lee As Chancellor
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 SUSS Welcomes Ex-SIA Chairman And Employer Relations Veteran Stephen Lee As Chancellor

The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is pleased to announce that Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen has been appointed as Chancellor, with effect from 1 August 2018. Mr Lee takes over from Dr Aline Wong, who has served as SUSS Chancellor since 2015.

Mr Stephen Lee

Mr Lee has a distinguished career in the private and public sector. He currently chairs NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative and Shanghai Commercial Bank (Hong Kong), and also serves as a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers. He also holds directorships with Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd, CapitaLand Limited and the Singapore Labour Foundation.

Mr Lee has previously served as Chairpersons of an extensive range of organisations, including Singapore National Employers Federation (1988-2014), Enterprise Singapore (1995-2002), PSA International Pte Ltd (2002-2005), Singapore Business Federation  (2002-2008), and Singapore Airlines Ltd (2006-2016). He was also a member of the National Wage Council (1978-2016), and a nominated Member of Parliament (1994 -

In recognition of Mr Lee’s contributions and commitment to industrial relations, tripartism and the Singapore economy, he was conferred the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 2015, the Distinguished Comrade of Labour in 2015, and the Distinguished Service Order in 2006.

Dr Aline Wong

Dr Wong was a Member of Parliament for four consecutive terms from 1984 to 2001 and held appointments as Senior Minister of State for the Health and Education Ministries. She retired from politics at the end of 2001. She was Chairman of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) from 2003 to 2007, and served on many other boards and committees. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Dr Wong was first appointed Chancellor of UniSIM in 2015. As Chancellor, Dr Wong gave advice on UniSIM’s restructuring into SUSS, Singapore’s sixth Autonomous University, and supported SUSS’s efforts to strengthen its focus on social sciences and lifelong learning. Dr Wong has been actively involved in the university for the last 25 years, dating back to the Open University Development Programme. From 2005 to 2015, Dr Wong also served as an Academic Advisor to UniSIM, and gave valuable guidance and advice on
its various formative academic processes and directions.

SUSS President Professor Cheong Hee Kiat said: “SUSS is honoured to have Mr Lee as our new Chancellor. With his experience, we believe he would further strengthen our position as the nation's university for lifelong and applied learning, with a social mission. At the same time, SUSS expresses its deep appreciation to Dr Aline Wong for her contributions during her term as Chancellor. She has given inspiration to the University in
its role of providing a quality education for working adults and adult learners, and steered SUSS through its transition into an Autonomous University.”


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