Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong visited NUS Business School on November 22, 2013 for a private meeting with the Dean, Professor Bernard Yeung, and members of the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP), to discuss social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region. Also present at the meeting were Paul Cheung, Professor of Social Policy and Analytics at NUS; Ivan Png, Lim Kim San Professor of Strategy & Policy; and Tay Kuan Ming, the Associate Dean.
ACSEP is one of the School’s knowledge hubs for groundbreaking research and education in social entrepreneurship and philanthropy with the vision of advancing the impactful practice of social entrepreneurship in Asia. Its focus is to conduct collaborative research on topics and issues of interest to policy-makers, non-profit as well as for-profit leaders, grant makers, philanthropists, and practitioners to promote education in this sector. The ACSEP team present in the meeting included Mr Keith Chua, Chairman of Advisory Board; Lam Swee Sum, Associate Professor and Director; Ms Chua Beng Yan, Senior Associate Director and research associates Ms Pauline Tan and Ms Roshini Prakash, who made a presentation to Mr Goh about the landscape of social enterprises in Singapore, including the challenges to identify and define social enterprises given differing stakeholder priorities.
Mr Goh and the Dean discussed the role of education in changing mindsets and the need for a more comprehensive and integrated approach to resolve the last-mile problem; that is, delivering social and philanthropic services using a scalable model to those who need them the most. Business efficiency is critical to the success of social enterprises and a business school can help make a difference, according to Mr Goh.