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Advise for students

It's not about setting your career with what you study. That's one of the reasons SMU is so important. It’s got the four-year undergraduate programme, it’s the North American…

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Personal Impact

To me, personally, it's the people Iíve met, it's the connections Iíve made. My wife and I have had some great weekends at Banyan Tree Resorts, which I would not have been…

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Singapore's public policy in guiding universities

I see this in particular contrast to Hong Kong U, in contrast to Hong Kong. There I was on the University Grants Council, committee council, for nine years. I went off that about a year ago. And…

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Looking ahead

A particular image of SMU that many people will draw in is the jumping student. But sooner or later, that student comes back to earth, gravity prevails. You can’t beat gravity. And the move to…

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The role of the international Academic Advisory Panel

It looks at international and strategy and the university in a wider sense. QAFU looks at the operations of the university in a more functional sense. I think probably a couple of the comments I was…

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Early days at SMU

By the very nature of an institution that started out living in one roomóI guess thatís the nature of thisópeople got to know one another very, very closely. And then of course…

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Admissions criteria

Well, certainly SMU was looking for a different style of student. And in a way that’s pretty well reflected in the marketing, the image programme of the jumping student. The way in which we…

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Responsibilities of the Finance and Remuneration Committee

Well, on finance, it was to oversee the budget, to ask the questions. The key question to me was: How can we make the budgeting process a strategic exercise? How can you design all of the boxes and…

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The tenure process at SMU

One of the reasons you probably need a longer tenure track at a new university is that we have fewer senior mentors for the younger faculty coming along. When I was at Cornell, there would have been…

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The Academic Affairs Commitee

The key responsibility for Academic Affairs Committee was to determine the nature of the gold standard at SMU. Were we going to be twenty-two carat gold or eighteen carat gold or...? Every university…

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Early priorities of the Board of Trustees

One, was the admission process, the process and the quality of student admission. Secondly, was the design of the programmes that we were going to run. A third one, was simply physical capacity,…

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SMU's Board of Trustees

I think the Board of Trustees has been one of the really important design features of SMU. Its role is essentially to bring wider experience and wisdom. It helps with checks and balances. It helps, I…

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First involvement with SMU

Well, I had a phone call one morning. My secretary said that there is a Janice Bellace on the phone. I happened to know Janice from my international professional body—at that stage it was…

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Interviewee background

I spent most of my life, well, spent most of my adult working life in universities, but in and out of universities. I did a PhD in the US at the University of Illinois, labour economics, economics of…

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Cherished memory of a conversation with professor

I remember it was in Year Three; I was having a casual conversation with Professor David Smith after we discussed the outline of my research paper. He was just asking me how I felt about entering the…

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Interaction between LLB and JD students

So I think they appeared in our third year. At that point in time, after two years in law school, we were quite comfortable with each other. Some students were more outspoken than others; some…

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