23 February 2017 at 23:33 BST

SMU appoints youngest ever law school head

The new head of the Singapore Management University's School of Law, at age 35, is the youngest to hold the post.

Roman Motizov

Associate Professor Goh Yihan will succeed Professor Yeo Tiong Min as Dean in July. Professor Goh, who is currently the Associate Dean (Research), will serve a five-year term. He has won six teaching awards in his eight-year teaching career and was the top law graduate at NUS in 2006. He was also the youngest recipient of the Singapore Law Merit Award in 2013. Professor Yeo will continue as Yong Pung How Chair Professor of Law at the law school..

Rigorous global search

SMU said that the appointment was made after an ‘extensive and rigorous’ global head-hunting search that began in September. SMU Provost Lily Kong said he was instrumental in building up the law school, a leading faculty in Singapore and Asia.


Professor Yeo also spearheaded the establishment of the Centre for Cross-Border Business Law in Asia and the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, both contributing to law research in this region.He also co-edited Singapore Law: 50 Years In The Making, launched by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in 2015. The new Dean said: 'I will approach the deanship in the way I have done so in my career thus far: focused on doing my level best and being of service to others.' He emphasised the importance of the team, adding:  'Ultimately, no one, whatever his age, can do this alone. It is a team effort, and I am confident that, with the support of colleagues, students, alumni and stakeholders, we will pursue exciting opportunities for the school.'


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