Academic career paths for A*Star scholars
Thu, Jul 23, 2009

Under a new programme, scholars from The Agency for Science, Technology and Research or A*STAR can now pursue a career in academia at two Singapore universities.

The A*STAR-Academia Pathways programme provide scholars who have completed their PhD education and who have a passion for teaching with the opportunity of furthering their careers in academia.

The programme, offered in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), includes the Joint Appointment Scheme, the Secondment Scheme and the Adjunct Appointment Scheme.

Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR said, "PhD talent is critical to Singapore's transformation into a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy. Being a small country, we only have a small pool of core local talent.

Even within this small pool, there is a diversity of strengths and interests among the scholars. For this reason, A*STAR has developed multiple pathways to provide them with the best opportunities to realise their full potential."

To date, 50 A*STAR scholars from the National Science Scholarship programme have completed their PhD training and returned to join the community of scientific talent in the A*STAR research institutes and about 30 are currently eligible for the A*STAR-Academia Pathways.







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