The HEAD Foundation Advisory Board Chairman Prof Cham Tao Soon releases autobiography (The Straits Times)

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The Straits Times, Singapore

Prof Cham Tao Soon was featured on The Straits Times announcing the release of his autobiography “Life at Speed” in the article “NTU founding president Cham Tao Soon publishes autobiography” (2 December 2020). The Advisory Board Chairman at The HEAD Foundation looked back on his vast experience having been part of some of Singapore’s most prominent organisations and shared his thoughts on how Singapore’s higher education can grow further.


Dr Cham Tao Soon, the founding president of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has a prediction: One day, everyone will need to attend polytechnic before entering university.

“Computers are getting more and more intelligent, and it is difficult for us to succeed in being better than them,” says Dr Cham, 81, who was also the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) dean of engineering.

“What is really needed is skills. I don’t just mean manual skills, but the skill of being able to solve problems.”  

Polytechnics, he believes, are the best places to acquire these skills. Such ideas loom large in Dr Cham’s autobiography Life At Speed, which is now in bookstores and libraries.

Click here to read the full article in The Straits Times (paywall).

Click here to watch the book launch video at The HEAD Foundation.

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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.