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SINGAPORE: Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will have a new principal and chief executive officer from January 1, 2013.
Mr Tan Choon Shian, currently deputy managing director of the Economic Development Board (EDB), will succeed Mr Tan Hang Cheong, who will retire on December 31 after 22 years of service in education.
The new principal has spent nearly 20 years with EDB.
After joining EDB’s electronics cluster in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science (Information Service) at the University of Tokyo, he was posted in 1995 to EDB’s Tokyo centre as centre director, and subsequently became regional director in Japan.
He was actively involved in attracting Japanese investments to Singapore’s electronics and chemical industry clusters.
EDB awarded him a Masters scholarship in 1999 as a Sloan Fellow at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Upon his return, he led the Electronics and Precision Engineering Cluster with the concurrent appointment as director of Japan Operations.
Between 2004 and 2006, Mr Tan was appointed director of Planning and Policy and director of Marketing Communications.
To broaden his exposure, he then spent a year in the National Trades Union Congress as director of Corporate Development.
Mr Tan returned to EDB in 2007 as the assistant managing director and strengthened EDB’s operations in the Asia—Pacific, particularly in China, India and South East Asia, and the Middle East.
He also supervised the development of major industry clusters.
He was appointed deputy managing director in 2009.
SP said on Friday that the outgoing principal, Mr Tan Hang Cheong, has made significant contributions in reshaping and rejuvenating Singapore’s first polytechnic.
Over the last five years, he has been guided by a simple idea — "Students, Our Focus" — and was instrumental in developing the SP@60 blueprint and transforming SP into a more student—centric and vibrant polytechnic.
SP said he guided the faculty and staff to share his vision of developing "T—shaped" graduates who are life—ready, work—ready, and world—ready.
Mr Bill Chang, chairman of SP’s Board of Governors, said: "He has navigated change well, and galvanised SP’s growth over the past five years, making it a stronger education institution with a passion for advancing teaching and learning capabilities.
"It is evident that he has made a difference to SP in every aspect — from the students, staff, curriculum and our operations to enhancing the campus landscape. We will miss him."