Education Minister says 5 lessons from past as Singaporeans plans for future
As the country plans for its future, it would do well to draw lessons from its past, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday. And underpinning them all is the ability to turn adversity into opportunity.
He picked out five lessons yesterday while speaking at the launch of the Singapore Institute of International Affair's Future 50 (F50) programme.
Fresh from leading a year-long national conversation on what Singapore should be in 2030, Mr Heng offered up the problem of Singapore's water supply as an example of how it has turned a necessity into an advantage.
Not only does the country have its own desalination plant today, but its universities are also world leaders in water technology and membrane technology research, which have positioned it for other opportunities.