ISEAS turns 50 in 2018 and we have lined up a series of events to commemorate the occasion.
ISEAS was honoured to have PM Lee Hsien Loong to deliver the ISEAS 50th Anniversary Lecture on 13 March 2018 at the Orchard Hotel. An exhibition showcasing ISEAS’s development over its 50-year history was also held in conjunction with the Anniversary Lecture. About 500 guests, including Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, government and business leaders, diplomats, academics, friends of ISEAS and students attended the event.
Also to commemorate the Institute’s 50th Anniversary, commemorative issues of our annual Southeast Asian Affairs and all our three flagship journals — Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies and SOJOURN (Social Issues in Southeast Asia) — will be published.
Our researchers wrote many op-eds and commentaries for local and foreign newspapers as well as local and overseas academic journals, and participated in many regional and international forums.
On 15 January 2018, Mr Choi Shing Kwok became the Director of ISEAS, succeeding Mr Tan Chin Tiong who has served with distinction as Director for more than five years.
Prime Minister Lee said at the ISEAS 50th Anniversary Lecture that ISEAS was one of the first research institutes that the government set up after Singapore became independent because our founding fathers were acutely conscious that we needed to acquire a deep understanding of the region. PM wished ISEAS “every success in its next 50 years”. Thus, while we celebrate our achievements, we are also ever more conscious that we need to maintain the high standards expected of the Institute in the coming years.
For more details on these and other achievements, please download the report in PDF here.
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