Ex-minister Jayakumar to get top NUS honours

Ex-minister Jayakumar to get top NUS honours
S. Jayakumar to receive top honours
S. Jayakumar, Senior Minister and Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC.

SINGAPORE - Former senior minister S. Jayakumar will receive top honours from the National University of Singapore (NUS) at its annual awards ceremony on Thursday.

He will be given the Outstanding Service Award for his contributions to the university's law faculty and Centre for International Law, as well as his political work in Singapore and globally.

"To get an award from one's alma mater is something very special," he said of the award.

Professor Jayakumar was a graduate of the then-University of Singapore's third cohort of law students in 1963 and joined the faculty the year after and rose to become its dean 10 years later.

He took leave from the university in 1980 to enter politics, and as an office-holder for about 30 years, wore various hats as minister for law, home affairs, labour and foreign affairs.

In 2004, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Cabinet and the following year, the Co-ordinating Minister for National Security.

He served as Senior Minister from 2009 until his retirement from politics in 2011.

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