Singapore''s only independent research think tank, The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), celebrated its 49th Anniversary with a fundraising dinner at the Fullerton Hotel last week (November 17).
The dinner, which raised close to S$240,000 , was held not only to celebrate close to 50 years of history for the think tank in Singapore, but also to pave the way for deeper and wider-reaching research programs in the next year. Chairman of the SIIA, Associate Professor Simon Tay, announced the SIIA’s plans to develop two broad research programs as it enters its 50th year in 2012. The Environment and Resources program and the Global Citizens initiative will be implemented with the aim of promoting awareness of global issues and triggering action among Singaporeans.
Professor Tay said: “As Singapore grows, the SIIA hopes to be part of that growth. A global city needs global citizens and we hope to do our part in building a new generation of global citizens for Singapore”. Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh was also presented with an honorary membership at the event, making him the second person after former president SR Nathan to be named honorary member in the SIIA’s history. “Looking forward, my ambition for SIIA is that it will be successful in having a very broad outreach tothe people and raise the citizenry''s awareness of the world and it will also do deep research”, said Professor Koh.
The 49th Anniversary Fundraiser and Dinner was attended by government, corporate and academic leaders across Singapore including Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor and Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer.
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