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Singapore scholar to lead CityU

The City University of Hong Kong has found its next president in noted Singaporean engineering professor Freddy Boey, who will replace Kuo Way after his term ends in May.
CityU's council yesterday approved the appointment of Boey, 66, as its next president after Kuo retires at the end of his third five-year contract in 2023. Kuo has served CityU for 15 years.

Boey is currently a deputy president (innovation and enterprise) at the National University of Singapore. He received his bachelor of engineering (materials engineering) from Monash University in Australia and possesses a doctoral degree from NUS.

His key research contributions have been in the use of functional biomaterials for medical devices.

Boey also has significant experience in higher education management and recently led NUS in reaching substantial collaborative agreements with several municipal governments in mainland.

Lester Garson Huang, chairman of the university council and nomination committee, said: "Few people are like Professor Boey, who can demonstrate an excellent blend of global vision and thought leadership. I am confident that he can build on the solid foundation laid by Professor Kuo Way and lead CityU to new heights in academic excellence."

Kuo also warmly endorsed and welcomed his successor.

Meanwhile, a search committee of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has recommended its university council appointed an insider as the next president after Shyy Wei steps down in October.

University council chairman Andrew Liao Cheung-sing told staff and students in a letter on Monday that the search committee has recommended a candidate to the council for appointment as the next president of HKUST.

Liao did not name the candidate, but renowned neuroscientist Nancy Ip Yuk-yu, 66, is tipped to be the next president. She is currently a professor of life science and director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at HKUST.

Liao said an executive search firm, Perrett Laver, was appointed to look for the next university president - the position was advertized locally and globally.

Liao said the university will formally submit its report and recommendation to its council shortly.

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