Box Story 7: MAS Term Professorship Programme at the
National University Of Singapore
NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye (right) with MAS Deputy Managing Director Ong Chong Tee at the signing ceremony
Since 2002, MAS has engaged prominent academic economists as visiting scholars and consultants at the central bank. The success of this Visiting Scholars programme has led MAS to fund the establishment of a professorship at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in May 2009.
To be named the "MAS Term Professorship in Economics and Finance", this is MAS' inaugural sponsorship of a professorship programme at a university, which MAS will sponsor over a five-year period. The aim is to engage internationally renowned academics with research expertise in finance, international economics, monetary economics or public finance to lead and conduct economic and financial research in Singapore.
The funding of the professorship signifies MAS' ongoing commitment towards the enhancement of economic and financial research in Singapore. It will augment the country's research infrastructure and strengthen the research collaboration between academia, industry and the public sector. A strong and vibrant economic and financial research environment will expand intellectual capacity and accelerate the pace of product and process innovation, thereby contributing to the growth and sophistication of Singapore's financial sector.