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LSE Asia Forum in Singapore


More than 150 alumni and close friends of the School helped to make the LSE Asia Forum in Singapore a huge success as the LSE Global Forum series moved to Southeast Asia in November. 

Led by Professor Craig Calhoun, Director and President of LSE, the event on 28 November comprised vibrant and engaging discussions (see below) and an evening reception.

During the Forum, LSE alumnus Professor Saw Swee Hock (PhD Statistics 1963) accepted the LSE Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award from Professor Calhoun, in recognition of his significant and decades-long contribution to the life of LSE. Professor Saw’s profound commitment to LSE ranges from his participation as an alumni volunteer to his landmark philanthropic contributions to the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre that is directed by Professor Danny Quah.

The warm welcome extended by all guests to LSE academics highlighted the enduring affinity alumni and friends in Singapore have for the School. This was further demonstrated by the range of attendees: alumni spanning generations and six decades, from the 1963 to 2015 cohorts, were in attendance.

The evening reception was characterised by enthusiastic socialising and networking. Special thanks were given to Garich Lim Shington (MSc International History 2003), President, LSE Alumni Association Singapore (LSEAAS), and the committee of the LSEAAS, for their commitment and support in the preparation and delivery of the Forum.

Academic panel highlights

The day was packed with insightful discussions, starting with a panel focusing on Political Openness and Economic Performance: Asian Lessons, featuring LSE’s Dr Mayling Birney and Professor Erik Berglof and NUS’ Donald Low

An ‘LSE Explorers’ panel followed, comprising PhD alumni Dr Deepak Nair (PhD International Relations 2015), Dr Mustafa Izzuddin (MSc International Relations 2007, PhD International Relations 2014), Dr Kasira Cheeppensook  (PhD International Relations 2014) and Dr M. Hadianto Wirajuda (PhD International Relations 2014) whose research focuses on the ASEAN region. The panel explored the issues facing ASEAN with enthusiasm and critical intelligence.

The final panel looked to LSE alumnus Minister Ong Ye Kung (BSc Economics 1991), Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Singapore, and LSE Professors Mary Morgan (BSc Economics 1978, PhD Economics 1984) and Dr Catherine Allerton (MSc Anthropology 1999, PhD Anthropology 2001)to discuss ‘What Genuine Development Means’, covering the thinking around the social notion of development, migration and the impact of economic development.


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