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Patricia Meyer


Singapore Management University, SMU, Leong Kwong Sin, Pang Yang Hoong, Bachelor of Business Management, American-style education, Tan Chin Tiong, history, university founding, beginnings, Singapore higher education, education policy, business schools, Tan Teck Meng, third university, concept paper, Janice Bellace, research university, teaching university, student enrollment numbers, Ministry of Education MOE, student qualities, industry feedback, university curriculum, interdisciplinary, IT savvy, private university, high degree of autonomy, exceed expectations, success in attracting students, holistic curriculum, university administration, university admissions, National University of Singapore NUS, Nanyang Technological University NTU, Singapore Institute of Management SIM, marketing, university curriculum, pedagogy, student development, non-passive learning, confident graduates, eloquent speakers, teaching style, autonomous university, successful experiment, quality of graduates, critical thinking, challenge norms, small size, thought leadership, Wharton School, city campus, advertising campaign, Singapore brand, university planning, project planning, chief financial officer, Tan Hang Cheong, Singapore Polytechnic, university mission, tablets for teaching, Bras Basah, commencement


The interview covere: first involvement with SMU, third university, role and responsibilities, planning, mission statement, employer engagement, faculty compensation, city campus, pioneer students, first commencement, achievements.


Associate Professor of Accounting, SMU, 2000–present

Member of SMU start-up team

Professor Leong Kwong Sin, an SMU ‘pioneer’, joined the start-up team for the new university in 1998. Today he is an associate professor of accounting in the School of Accountancy. He was named one of the outstanding teachers in the School of Accountancy in December 2005. His research interests include the area of accounting disclosure, accounting education, corporate governance and financial reporting and disclosure.

Prior to joining academia, Professor Leong worked in management and systems accounting for a multinational company. He has taught undergraduate and master of business administration students in an academic career that spans four universities—the University of Singapore, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the Singapore Management University.

His administrative appointments include founding deputy director of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre at NTU; director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology–Nanyang Technological University collaboration programme; Head, Division of Actuarial Science & Insurance, NTU; Head, Division of Financial & Management Accounting, NTU.

Professor Leong is a member of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

He graduated with a bachelor of accountancy degree from the former University of Singapore and received a master’s degree in Commerce from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is a fellow certified public accountant in Singapore.


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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