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New Yusof Ishak Professorship in Social Sciences: Malays/Muslims 'to take lead'

Published on Aug 31, 2014 6:34 AM

The coordination committee to raise funds for the new Yusof Ishak Professorship in Social Sciences will be led by the Malay/Muslim community, but funding will come from sponsors across the nation.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said yesterday: "The professorship is actually at the national level but this is our contribution, as a minority community, to put together resources to ensure that this professorship takes off the ground."

The professorship - named after Singapore's first president - will be started at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to enhance research in multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism.

Last Tuesday, Dr Yaacob announced the formation of a new SG50 coordinating committee, which will lead the Malay/Muslim community's efforts in raising funds for the new professorship.

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