Board Members of Business China,
Mr Thomas Chua, President, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mr Lim Chee Onn, Senior International Adviser, Singbridge Pte Ltd
Dr Martin Jacques,
Teachers and Students,
1. A very good afternoon to you. Welcome to Temasek Junior College, and to the China-Quotient Student Forum 2015.
2. The re-emergence of China as a global power is one of the most significant developments of the 21st Century. China’s influence can be felt in a whole range of political, economic and cultural issues all over the world.
3. In Singapore, our bilingual policy prepares our youths for the opportunities brought about by China’s integration with the world. Temasek Junior College has been privileged to offer several programmes that strengthen our students’ abilities to navigate a world where China plays a greater role.
4. Back in 1990, together with then-Hwa Chong Junior College, we pioneered the Chinese Language Elective Programme (or CLEP). Over the years, the programme has nurtured more than 800 students who are highly conversant in Mandarin, and who have deep appreciation of the Chinese culture.
5. In 2007, TJC was also one of the first junior colleges to offer ‘A’ Levels China Studies in both English and Chinese. Students on these programmes embark on an interdisciplinary approach to understand China at a deeper level.
6. Students in CLEP, CSE, and CSC participate in a whole host of activities to aid their learning. These activities range from learning journeys to China, to attending seminars, like the one today. These learning activities are especially effective in helping students gain multiple perspectives on the various topics of interest, and in bringing home the learning experience that could not be easily obtained from the classroom or desktop research.
7. Today, we are very honoured to hear from Dr. Martin Jacques, author of the global best-seller “When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order”. Dr Jacques’ works provide refreshing and thought-provoking perspectives on the influence of China today and in the future. Both critics and proponents of China’s policies would definitely find Dr Jacques’ arguments intellectually stimulating. I believe that his lecture today will similarly spark off a lively discussion.
8. In closing, I would like to extend my appreciation to our co-organisers – Business China Singapore - for the invaluable support they have provided in organising this forum. To the students in this auditorium, I encourage you to take this opportunity to ask questions and to participate actively.
9. Thank you and enjoy the forum!