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Patricia Meyer


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The interview covered: first involvement with SMU, roles and responsibilities, risks, mission statement, business education, student recruitment, first day of classes, founding dean of School of Accountancy, strategy, accounting curriculum, employer engagement, internships, faculty research, achievements, challenges.


Founding Dean, School of Accountancy, SMU, 2000–2014

Member of SMU start-up team

An SMU ‘pioneer’, Professor Pang Yang Hoong joined the start-up team for the new university in 1998.

She became the first dean of the School of Accountancy in September 2000. Accredited by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore, the accountancy programme combines a broad-based education with internships at the Big Four firms during the December to February peak period to give students the most experience. Professor Pang also serves as vice provost for undergraduate education at SMU. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in financial accounting, corporate reporting and disclosure, and accounting theory. Her research interests are in issues relating to corporate disclosures, accounting and the law, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining SMU, Professor Pang was the director of the PhD programme and head of auditing and taxation at the School of Accountancy and Business, Nanyang Technological University. She was founding editor of the journal, Accounting & Business Review.

Pang Yang Hoong is a council member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAS) and sits on their accreditation committee and board of education and examiners. She was appointed to the board of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority in April 2007 and also sits on their human resource committee and audit committee. In December 2008, she was appointed to the Committee to Develop the Accountancy Sector by the Singapore’s Minister of Finance. In April 2009, she was appointed to the Singapore Polytechnic board of governors by the Ministry of Education.

She graduated from the then University of Singapore with a bachelor of accountancy. Majoring in accounting and finance, she obtained her master of economics at Monash University, Australia. She earned her PhD in accounting at Queen’s University, Canada.


Asian Studies | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration

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This is an abridged version of the original interview. Please contact Li Ka Shing Library at libIR@smu.edu.sg for access to the full version of the transcript and/or audio recording.

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