6th S R Nathan Fellow – Tan Tai Yong



Professor TAN Tai Yong is President and Professor of Humanities (History) at Yale-NUS College. 

Prior to becoming president in July 2017, he served as the College’s Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) from 2014 to 2017, overseeing the academic and co-curricular aspects of the liberal arts experience at Yale-NUS College, including all faculty matters and academic affairs. Professor Tan has contributed to the academic programme of the College from the beginning, serving as Co-Chair of the joint Yale and NUS committee that hired inaugural faculty members in the humanities and shaped the common curriculum in 2011.

A graduate of NUS, Professor Tan completed his doctorate at Cambridge University. He has been a faculty member of the NUS Department of History since 1992 and served the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as Sub-Dean (1994–1999), Head of the History Department (2000–2003), Vice-Dean (2001 2003), and Dean (2004–2009). Professor Tan was previously the Vice Provost (Student Life) (2010–2014) at NUS, overseeing student matters, University Town and the Residential Colleges, the Centre for English Language and Communication, as well as the Office of Student Affairs and the Halls of Residence. He was the Founding Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, an autonomous university-level research institute in NUS, serving from 2004 to 2015. He received Teaching Excellence Awards in 1992 and 2000.

Professor Tan is valued beyond NUS for his expertise and serves as Honorary Chairman of the National Museum of Singapore. He serves on the National Heritage Board as Chairman of the National Collection Advisory Panel and Academic Research Panel, and member of the Indian Heritage Centre Advisory Board. Professor Tan was appointed to the Singapore Social Sciences Research Council in 2016. He is a member of the Singapore Bicentennial Advisory Panel.

Professor Tan served as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2014 to 2015. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) at the 2009 National Day Awards.

6th IPS-Nathan Lecture Series

To find out more about the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore, please click here.