Recruitment processes in the AUs

Published Date: 13 April 2015 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Lim Biow Chuan, MP of Mountbatten

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether the Government will impose a requirement for all autonomous universities receiving Government funding to ensure that (i) eligible Singaporeans are given priority for academic employment; and (ii) all human resource departments in these autonomous universities to be headed by a Singaporean to ensure that eligible Singaporeans are given due consideration for employment.

Response

It is important that our Autonomous Universities (AUs) recruit academic staff based on merit, to ensure that they hire the best talent able to deliver high quality education and conduct research that will benefit our students and Singapore.

All eligible Singaporeans are considered carefully, and processes are in place to ensure that hiring is non-discriminatory.Applications for academic positions are put through multiple approval layers involving selection committees, Academic Heads of Department and Faculty Deans, before final approval by top management.Senior appointments must be approved by the Presidents or Boards of Trustees.

The government and our AUs are keenly aware of the need to develop local talent.This is why I recently launched the new Singapore Academic and Research Talent Scheme, to encourage more young Singaporeans to pursue an academic career.At the undergraduate level, a MOE-AU undergraduate scholarship has been launched for those who have keen interest and strong aptitude for a career in academia.Under this scholarship, recipients will be paired with NUS, NTU or SMU, and benefit from academic mentorship throughout and beyond his undergraduate studies. The student will then be expected to apply for a postgraduate scholarship from our AUs, for PhD studies and post-doctoral stints.These postgraduate scholarships will be co-funded 50-50 by MOE and the AUs.This comprehensive developmental programme is only available to Singaporeans and is intended to prepare each individual for an academic career.

Under the Singapore Academic and Research Talent Scheme, we will grow the number of existing postgraduate scholarships for Singaporeans who are interested to do research and teach at our AUs.We intend to offer over 1,500 scholarships at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, over the next 15 years.

Additionally, our AUs also actively try to reach out and recruit Singaporean academics based overseas.

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