Challenges in the Future
Well, the two most important things are the students and the staff who are the faculty. And by then the first cohort of students had been recruited, and I should say that we have no difficulty in recruiting very good students.This is a feature of modern life, that young children, or relatively young children and their parents and in Singapore that's important think that law or medicine are good things to do and that on the whole lawyers and doctors don't starve. So this is actually a big change from when I was a student. But nowadays, lots of very clever children want to do law, so you, you have no difficulty recruiting good students. And actually that's what is done very well and actually curiously enough the SMU style of teaching as you know is significantly different from NUS. And because we make a big thing of this in the advertising and marketing, we do actually get students who want to be taught interactively.
As far as recruiting the faculty is concerned, I mean, there were I think, somewhere of the order of ten or twelve faculty in the law department in the business school. Most of whom I think had been recruited by Andrew or by Kee Yang [Low Kee Yang]. And fortunately they did a very good job so we started with excellent people. And we've now, we've gone from that number up to forty or thereabouts. And I think the recruiting of the staff is obviously one of the major jobs of the dean. But again I think coming to teach here has turned out to be attractive. And that means a number of people have moved from NUS and a number of people have come from, well there're a number of good Singaporeans and a number of people from other countries. The school is very international in terms of faculty.