The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) paid tribute to the late Mr S R Nathan, former President and statesman, by renaming the School of Human Development and Social Services in his honour at a ceremony on 22 February 2018.
The School was renamed S R Nathan School of Human Development (NSHD) to recognise Mr Nathan's legacy in advocating many social and community causes during his distinguished career in public service and the national labour movement. As President, Mr Nathan was also Patron of SUSS and a strong advocate of the lifelong learning focus of the University.
The ceremony was held at the Performing Arts Theatre at the SUSS campus and was graced by our Guest of Honour, President of Singapore and Patron of SUSS, Madam Halimah Yacob.
Also present were Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung, and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social & Family Development, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. Mrs Urmila Nathan, wife of the late Mr Nathan, who witnessed the ceremony together with her family.
The ceremony also included an interactive exhibition gallery organised by students and alumni from the S R Nathan School of Human Development, followed by a seminar by three speakers.
From left to right: Professor Cheah Horn Mun, Dean, S R Nathan School of Human Development, SUSS, Ms Juthika Ramanathan, Daughter of Mr S R Nathan, Mr Richard Eu, Chairman, Board of Trustees, SUSS, President Halimah Yacob, Mr Keshin Cheong, Grandson of Mr S R Nathan, Ms Monisha Cheong, Granddaughter of Mr S R Nathan, Mrs S R Nathan, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, Professor Aline Wong, Chancellor, SUSS,
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SUSS, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary,
Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Education, Professor Tsui Kai Chong, Provost, SUSS.