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Tharman Shanmugaratnam to head IMF Steering Committee
WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday named Singapore's finance minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, to head its key policy-steering panel, the first Asian to head the advisory committee.

Members of the International Monetary and Financial Committee chose Mr Shanmugaratnam over South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to succeed Egypt's former finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali, as chairman of the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee.

The seat was left vacant last month by Youssef Boutros-Ghali, who stepped down after he lost his job as Egypt's finance minister during a cabinet reshuffle by the country's leader Hosni Mubarak under pressure from protesters.

The International Monetary and Financial Committee is in charge of deliberating on the main policy issues facing the IMF. The committee is comprised of 24 finance ministers or central bank governors from countries that reflect the makeup of the IMF, with the chairman taking a 25th seat.

'Minister Tharman has accepted the IMFC's chairmanship for a term of up to three years,' the IMF said in a statement. He will have his first chance to speak as chairman of the IMFC during spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank in mid-April.

Mr Shanmugaratnam was favoured by IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the global financial institution makes a push to get Asia on its side as the fastest growing region of the world.

Before Mr Boutros-Ghali, the IMFC post had always gone to a European finance minister except for a brief period when a Canadian held the job.

2010 Nobel Prize for LSE alumnus and professor, Christopher Pissarides
The LSE Alumni Association of Singapore joins our global alumni community in celebrating and congratulating Professor Christopher Pissarides (Ph.D Economics 1973 and Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics, LSE), who is the joint-winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Economics.

Professor Christopher Pissarides joins and illustrious 15 other Nobel Prize winners from the LSE since 1925.

Distinguished LSE Alumnus Dr. Goh Keng Swee Given State Tribute
The following are excerpts from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally Speech on Sunday, 29 August 2010;


“... When Dr. Goh passed away in May, Singaporeans were reminded of his enormous contributions to Singapore, in economy, in defence, in education and many people lamented that the younger generation knew too little about what he did or how much we owed to Dr. Goh and they suggested naming something after him so that Singaporeans would always be reminded of what he had done.

I agree. Dr. Goh was instrumental in building up the SAF... Dr. Goh's emphasis on developing talent and on a thinking SAF endures.

The Singapore Command and Staff College is the highest institution for training senior officers in the SAF.

It has a handsome home in SAFTI MI and all officers headed for senior positions in the SAF sooner or later will attend advanced courses here.

We will rename SCSC (Singapore Command and Staff College) as the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College in Dr. Goh's honour...” (emphasis ours)


“... From Mindef, Dr Goh went to education and when he became Education Minister, he totally revamped the system.

He made teaching systematic, he introduced streaming, he fostered a high quality professional teaching service and he began the process of continuous improvement that's created a first class education system admired around the world...

The Ministry of Education has a headquarters at North Buona Vista Road. This is the building.

It's expanding its HQ, building a second building next to it not just for the headquarters but also to house an Academy of Singapore Teachers and specialist academies for specialist teachers for English language, for PE, Sports and Arts.

It is like the Academy of Law or the Academy of Medicine.

It's meant to upgrade the professionalism of our teachers.

And this complex will be the nerve centre for Singapore education and a symbol of the importance of education to our young and to our future, and we will name it the Goh Keng Swee Centre for Education.” (emphasis ours)

Dr. Goh Keng Swee was born in 1918. He was an undergraduate at the LSE, and graduated with a BSc. in Economics in 1951 (first-class honours) and won the William Farr Prize. In 1956, he was awarded a Ph.D in Economics and in 1966, he was made a Honorary Fellow of the LSE. He passed away on Friday, 14 May 2010.

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The External Relations Division was established on 1 June 2007 with the arrival of Robin Hoggard as director. The purpose of the division is to increase the impact and influence of the LSE and its work externally, in pursuit of the School's historical mission to contribute to wider society as well as to promote academic excellence. This is to benefit the whole LSE community.

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The LSESU Singapore Society (UK)
The LSESU Singapore Society (UK) is the student society established in the interests of Singaporeans studying at the LSE. The Society aims to provide Singaporeans with the familiarity of home, whilst also serving as a platform to strengthen its unique identity through the organisation of numerous social activities. These range from festive celebrations to parties, road trips and sporting events.

The Society supports the interests of career-minded students by organizing annual job-related events and seminars. The Society also keeps a lookout for career-related events and actively seeks job openings for its members, particularly those in Singapore. For example, the Society organised the Singapore Sensation – a week-long programme of visits to financial institutions in Singapore. The Society actively promotes the Singapore culture and identity, and warmly welcomes all LSE students who wish to find out more about this unique blend of customs, traditions and way of life.

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LSEAAS 35th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine

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British Alumni (Singapore)
The British Alumni (Singapore) is a society of UK graduates residing in Singapore. The society was initiated in June 1986 with the support of Mr Desmond Lauder, former British Education Counsellor at the British Council and a group of young, returned Singaporean graduates. Officially registered in November 1986, the British Alumni (S) inaugural General Meeting was held on 6 March 1987 at Eden Hall, residence of the British High Commissioner in Singapore.

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Distinguished Universities Alumni League (DUAL)
The Distinguished Universities Alumni League (DUAL) is a local umbrella organization comprising members from the following 19 university alumni clubs: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Cornell University Hotels, Dartmouth College, Imperial College, INSEAD, Johns Hopkins University, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

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