Annual Report 2019/2020

Annual Report FY 2019/20

FY 2019/2020 has been an eventful year for ISEAS. 

Professor Chan Heng Chee took over the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees from Professor Wang Gungwu. 

ISEAS launched several new research initiatives including the Temasek History Research Centre with funding support from Temasek Foundation. The Centre researches into Singapore’s pre-modern history, including its political, economic and socio-cultural links to the region. We also initiated the Malaysia-In-Transition seminar series with Temasek Foundation, inviting prominent Malaysian leaders and politicians to share their perceptions on Malaysia’s political, economic and social developments. We signed an agreement with the Philippines Embassy in Singapore, which provided ISEAS with a small grant to support research on the Philippines.

A new collaboration with the Penang Institute to promote research on the shared cultural and urban heritage of Singapore and Malaysia was established. We also partnered MUIS to set-up the ISEAS-MUIS Masters Scholarship to promote academic research on the developments in Islam in the region and its effect on the local community.

During the year, ISEAS completed a year-long review of its roles and functions. This was an internal initiative to achieve greater focus and relevance in serving our policymakers, partners, academics and the public at large. The outcome of ISEAS’ year-long review and the transformational changes that Covid-19 pandemic has wrought on the region and the world will inexorably affect the focus in our research, how we view the region and its external relations, and the ways we deliver our research outcomes.

For more details on these and other achievements, please download the report in PDF here.

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