In this episode, we talk with award-winning researcher and educator Professor Lily Kong, fifth President of Singapore Management University (SMU), and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences. She was formerly Provost at SMU.
Before joining SMU, she served as faculty at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Geography for nearly 25 years, and held various senior management roles at the National University of Singapore, including Vice-Provost (Education), Vice-Provost (Academic Personnel), Vice President (University and Global Relations), Dean (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Dean, University Scholars Programme, and Director, Asia Research Institute. Check out her official profile here.
In this episode, Professor Kong emphasizes the need to promote and support the social sciences and humanities research (1) to inform policy and (2) to understand ourselves as a society and a place. She talks about how she started as a researcher and what she thinks can be done to further support researchers in the social sciences and humanities.
We hope you enjoy this pilot episode!