S R Nathan: U@live Featuring S R Nathan
U@live Featuring S R Nathan (08 Feb 2012)

About the Speaker

S R Nathan, became the sixth President of Singapore on 1 September 1999. With two terms in office, he is Singapore’s longest-serving President. Nathan previously held key positions in security, intelligence and foreign affairs, and chaired various companies and academic institutions.

After the end of World War II, Nathan took a hiatus from his job as a clerk at the Public Works Department to pursue his studies. With the assistance of a S$2,000-a-year bursary from Shell, he became one of the eight undergraduates in the pioneer group of Social Work students at the University of Malaya. He graduated with a distinction in his Diploma in Social Studies in 1954.

Nathan founded the President’s Challenge in 2000, a series of community-based fundraising events for charity. Between 2000 and 2011, the Challenge raised more than S$100 million for more than 500 beneficiary organizations. Nathan also created the President’s Social Service Awards to recognise achievers in fields such as nursing, social work and environmental activism.

Nathan announced that he would not seek a third term as president in 2011. Media reports placed a large part of Nathan’s legacy within the context of his work with the disadvantaged, rapport with citizens and various communities, and support of a diverse range of social causes. In August 2011, the Institute of South East Asian Affairs announced that Nathan would be joining it as Distinguished Senior Fellow after leaving office.
(Excerpted from the National Library Board)

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08 February 2012
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244
Venue: The Auditorium
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