Event date
31 Oct 15 2:00pm To 6:00pm

Conference & Dinner: The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew and the Future of Singapore

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LKY poster

Singapore: a densely-populated city state in south-east Asia of 640 km sq with a population of over 5 million, of whom 75% are of Chinese ethnicity. Once a British colonial trading post, today it is a thriving global financial hub; known for its ‘conservatism’ and strict local laws, the country prides itself on its stability and security. In the year that Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary and mourns its founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, this conference brings together expert speakers to explore its contested history and politics, the challenges of resource provision and its legal system. 

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2.00-2.15pm Introduction
Nicola Padfield: The Master of Fitzwilliam College
Dr John Cleaver: Lee Kuan Yew at Fitzwilliam

2.15-3.15pm Singapore today
Chair: Dr Tim Harper    
Professor Chua Beng Huat: The reality of Singaporean society today
Dr P J Thum: Lee Kuan Yew’s political legacy
Dr R Leow: Lee Kuan Yew’s pan-Asian legacies: Singapore and the rise of China

3.30-4.30pm The scientific future of Singapore
Chair: Professor Gordon Redding
Lord (Ron) Oxburgh: Singapore and water – virtue from necessity
Professor Sir Richard Friend: The commitment to long-term R&D at  NUS and NTU
Mr Jonathan Rose: Singapore 2030 – the city’s maturing, planned environment

5.00-6.00pm Singapore in a global context
Chair: Professor Robert McCorquodale
Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan: Geographical developments, Lee Kuan Yew’s cast of mind and its lasting influence
Professor Swati Jhaveri: Constitutional design and renewal in Singapore
Sir Franklin Berman QC: Singapore and international law

6.00-6.15pm Concluding remarks
Ms Foo Chi Hsia High Commissioner for the Republic of Singapore to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Lee Kuan Yew, who died in March 2015, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing from 1959 to 1990. He studied law at Fitzwilliam from 1947 to 1949, and was made an Honorary Fellow in 1969.

Free and open to all – booking essential. 

If you would like to stay for drinks and dinner afterwards (there will be a charge) please book via the form. 

Fitzwilliam College Auditorium
Event date
31 Oct 15 2:00pm To 6:00pm