Fifty Secrets Of Singapore’s Success (The Straits Times)

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The Straits Times, Singapore

“Fifty Secrets Of Singapore’s Success”, a compilation of 50 essays sharing how Singapore has scored significant success in nine areas, was featured in The Straits Times on 25 January 2020. The book’s editor Prof Tommy Koh, Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore and an Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, penned the op-ed “What is the secret of Singapore’s success?”, sharing how the book came to be and what readers can expect.

Included in the book and focusing on Singapore’s success in the area of education, is the essay “Good Schools”, co-written by Professor S. Gopinathan, Academic Advisor at The HEAD Foundation and Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Mr Vignesh Naidu, Director, Operations at The HEAD Foundation.


“Educational achievements I have identified seven important achievements in the field of education. Professor S. Gopinathan and Mr V. Naidu explain how we have succeeded in building one of the best school systems in the world. Professor Leo Tan, the founding director of the National Institute of Education (NIE), has an essay on our much-admired NIE. Dr N. Varaprasad, founding principal of Temasek Polytechnic, has written on our excellent polytechnics, National University of Singapore president Tan Eng Chye on our world-class universities, Mrs Elaine Ng, former National Library Board chief executive, on our public libraries, and ST’s senior education correspondent Sandra Davie on Singapore mathematics. Cultural achievements I have selected five cultural achievements for inclusion in the book. Dr Nigel Taylor has an essay on the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Dr Tan Wee Kiat, the founder of the Gardens By The Bay, writes about this achievement.”

Click here to read full article from The Straits Times (paywall) or here to read it from the IPS Commons website.

Click here to read the essay “Good Schools” by The HEAD Foundation’s Professor S. Gopinathan and Mr Vignesh Naidu.

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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.