Renaming the Institute Of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) to the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

Published Date: 14 July 2015 12:00 AM

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1.The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be tabling the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies [ISEAS] (Amendment) Bill for its Second Reading in Parliament.

2.The Bill primarily seeks to effect the renaming of the Institute to the “ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute”, as announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 2014 National Day Rally. This is to honour Mr Yusof Ishak’s significant contribution to the nation’s development, especially in his role as the first President of Singapore through Singapore’s difficult early years. One of the preeminent figures in our pioneer generation, Mr Yusof stood for the values that underpin Singapore’s success - meritocracy, multiculturalism, and modernisation. His efforts built the belief that each group, whether majority or minority, had a stake in the success of the nation, and that together, they could build a future for them and their children.

3.The renaming will come into effect on 12 August 2015, the 105th anniversary of Mr Yusof’s birth.

Background on the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

4.Established in 1968, ISEAS has grown to be a reputable research centre and think tank dedicated to the study of socio-political, security, and economic developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment. Today, it continues to bring together researchers from the region and beyond to study and foster a deeper understanding of issues pertaining to Southeast Asia.

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