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Kai Chong TSUI

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Patricia Meyer


Singapore Management University, SMU, Tsui Kai Chong, Tony Tan, third university, Leong Kwong Sin, information technology, wireless internet access, learning management system, electronic course materials, dean of business school, history, university founding, beginnings, university administration, university admissions, Bukit Timah campus, university campus, faculty recruitment, faculty hiring, business school, marketing, university curriculum, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, undergraduate curriculum, balanced excellence, college teaching, innovation, value delivery, Bukit Timah Campus, City Campus, community engagement, case method, pedagogy, student development, student teambuilding, Outward Bound School, student grades, GPA, student clubs, Low Aik Meng, non-passive learning, creative thinking, decision making skills, confident graduates, autonomous university, personnel management, administrative staff, successful experiment, quality of graduates, case competition, Masters of Applied Finance, postgraduate programmes, Singapore tertiary education, National University of Singapore NUS, Nanyang Technological University NTU, American-style education


The interview covered: first involvement with SMU, roles and responsibilities, overseas visits, information technology, dean of School of Business, planning, undergraduate programme, Wharton curriculum, first admissions exercise, opening day, teaching pedagogy, students, case competition, postgraduate programmes, Masters of Applied Finance, achievements.


Founding Dean, School of Business, SMU, 1999–2003

Member of SMU start-up team

Professor Tsui Kai Chong was an SMU ‘pioneer’, a member of the start-up team for Singapore’s third university, and he oversaw planning for communications and information technology. He was appointed as the first dean of the School of Business in 1999, became vice provost of undergraduate education in 2001 and vice provost of undergraduate and graduate education in 2002. In recognition of his significant contributions to the development of SMU he was conferred the Honorary Alumnus Award by the SMU Alumni Association.

Professor Tsui previously held positions at the National University of Singapore where he served as deputy director of the graduate school of business. He currently serves as provost of the Singapore Institute of Management. His research interests include financial forecasting, asset pricing and corporate capital structure. He has studied and published papers on prediction of corporate financial distress, corporate dividend policy, stock price behaviour and the Eurodollar futures market. He has served on the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal since 2003.

Professor Tsui is chairman and independent non-executive director of K-REIT Asia Management Ltd. He is director of Keppel Land Ltd and a non-executive director of Fullerton Fund Management Company Ltd. He is a board member of the Intellectual Property Academy, Singapore. Since 1994 he has been a chartered financial analyst examination evaluator of the CFA Institute.

He received his master’s degree and his PhD in finance from New York University, and became a certified financial analyst in 1993.


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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