The Place of Higher Education in the Building of Social Capital

The Place of Higher Education in the Building of Social Capital

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The HEAD Foundation presented its second public talk in its series on “Education and Societal Progress” on February 25. The Foundation’s Secretary-General, Professor Gordon Redding, delivered the lecture that explored “The Place of Higher Education in the Building of Social Capital”.

In his lecture, Professor Redding explained that social capital – or trust – is crucial to a society’s ability to generate wealth and to succeed over time. He explored case studies of societies that have failed, and how low levels of trust, cooperativeness and creativity contributed to the failures.

He then discussed the characteristics of high quality education, and how education contributes to the development of trust in society.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.