Book Launch of Prof. Gopi’s Singapore Chronicles: Education

Book Launch of Prof. Gopi’s Singapore Chronicles: Education

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The HEAD Foundation (THF) organised a successful book launch of its Academic Director, Professor S. Gopinathan’s latest work, Education, in conjunction with the panel discussion “Envisioning Education 2065 – Staying Ahead of the Curve” on 24 February. THF hosted more than 120 guests at the book launch and panel discussion.

Written as part of a 50-book Singapore Chronicles series to mark Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, Education explores the history of Singapore’s education system over the past five decades and examines its role in the nation state’s progress from Third World to First World.

From social, economic and political contexts, the book aims to elucidate on various policies and practices, and their implications for Singaporean education today.

When introducing his book during the panel discussion, Prof. Gopinathan reflected on how compressing “50 years of education in 25,000 words” was far more demanding than his usual academic writings. He encouraged his readers to judge the book for themselves.

There must be a proper balance between celebrating the achievements of Singapore and highlighting in some measure the challenges that face Singapore education after these 50 years, Prof. Gopinathan said.

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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.