Professor Wang is a professor at the National University of Singapore and Emeritus Professor of Australian National University. He is Chairman of the Iseas - Yusof Ishak Institute; the East Asian Institute and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the NUS.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Malaya in Singapore, and his PhD from the University of London. He was Professor of History at the University of Malaya and Professor of Far Eastern History and Director of Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University.
From 1986 to 1995, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong. In Singapore, he was Director of the East Asian Institute at the NUS from 1997 to 2007.