Science and technology have been continuously redefining the way we live, the way we play, and the way we work. New opportunities abound everywhere for those who have the ability, the courage, and the ambition to take on the world. The R&D training that you will receive at The NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences and Engineering will develop and strengthen your ability to take on significant real-world challenges and create new ways to improve lives. I hope you will have the courage and ambition to realise this potential.
Long ago, I was a young PhD student in Computer Science, and I made discoveries that advanced our understanding of and clarified the boundary of modern database querying mechanisms. I remember my own eagerness---after my graduation---to translate that into practice, which I did. One of my first million dollar-paying customers was a pharmaceutical company. This coincided with the birth of bioinformatics and introduced me to the world of biomedical sciences, and thus begun my interdisciplinary career in an area totally new to me. I have relished these twenty-plus years of adventure, which has so many exciting and fulfilling challenges.
Young people should be full of vitality and momentum. You should strive hard and fight hard. Because this is your passion. Young people are allowed to make mistakes. Young people are not afraid of failure. Young people, you only need to find your own goals and move forward.
At The NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences and Engineering, you will have the opportunity to begin that exciting, challenging, and fruitful interdisciplinary adventure right from the start. You will embark on careers that will be tremendously exciting and full of unforeseen opportunities.
Professor Wong Limsoon
9 May 2018