Joseph Sung to take up role in NTU Singapore

Local | 11 Aug 2020 5:37 pm

Former Chinese University of Hong Kong president, Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, said he will take up a new role at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore as Dean of Medicine and Senior Vice President starting March next year.

On his Facebook account today, Sung, who is hailed as an "Asian hero" for his experience in handling the SARS epidemic in 2003, said he disclosed his plan with sadness and excitement.

"My sadness arises from my long-time association with the medical profession and academics in the Chinese University of HK, and now I have to say goodbye to all my friends at home, Hong Kong," he said.

"My excitement stems from having this great opportunity to help developing a young medical school and coordinating life science research in a vibrant university, top institute not only in Asia, but also in the global league."

"Artificial intelligence and Healthcare is my vision and passion. NTU is a good platform to develop this field. As research and education have always been my love, I thank God for this wonderful opportunity to complete my career circle," Sung added.

He pointed out that he does not consider himself leaving the city as his family and mother are still living in Hong Kong.

"Singapore is only three hours away by flight and I have asked my wife to save some dinner for me," he said. "Hong Kong is my sweet home... forever!"

Sung also told his friends in academia in Hong Kong that he is not playing as their competitor team.

"On the contrary, I hope my move can help to bring Hong Kong and Singapore closer in academic collaborations," he said.

"Our higher education in Hong Kong and Singapore has a lot of similarities, but at the same time, we are unique in many ways. Let us capitalize on our strengths and tighten our relationships, working for the betterment of mankind."

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