by Dennis Tan
In January 2019, Ms. Agnes Kwang succeeded Associate Professor Yip Woon Kwong as the Registrar of SUSS. What is her vision for the university? Let’s find out!
• From the perspective of the Registrar, with insights from your other directorships, how do you hope to see the evolvement of the Alumni community?
I hope to see greater engagement and involvement of our SUSS alumni with the university not just in the area of continuing education and social activities, but in terms of more collaborations and initiatives coming from our alumni and partnering the university in special projects which can contribute to our community and benefit society as a whole.
• Change and disruption are the norms now. What is your approach to this phenomenon, especially with regards to the adult learners and the alumni out there?
Everyone (not just adult learners and alumni) should be mindful of what these changes and disruptions are, and to constantly ask or even challenge ourselves through assessing what can we do to add value to the things we do. As university administrators, we need to challenge ourselves in how we do things and what we can do, with these new technologies and disruptions, to serve our students and alumni better. For the adult learners and alumni, you should keep improving yourself and becoming a better person – not confining yourself to just head knowledge but also being socially conscious individuals. This will truly live out our university’s philosophy on Head, Heart and Habit.
• Where do you see are the challenges and the motivations of your new role?
Challenges ahead include keeping up with changes in the way we run the university and keep abreast of new technological breakthroughs and how as university administrators, we can better deliver our support services to reach out to potential students, serve our existing students and alumni. In my current role, I am able to provide support to the learning journey of many who had gone through our University to earn their respective degrees in order to enhance their careers. I hope together with my team, we are able to value add to make our students’ learning journey more satisfying and to imprint in our graduates a more endearing affinity to their alma mater.
• What do you value most about SUSS’s culture and vision?
SUSS’s mission of providing lifelong education and equipping lifelong learners to serve society resonates with me. It is a humbling thought that I have the opportunity to partake in facilitating these graduates to move on and advance in life. Lifting directly from our SUSS core values, at SUSS, we advocate the Spirit of Learning by creating enriching learning experiences. To us, learning is a lifelong pursuit of knowledge that benefits not only the individual, but those around them as well. Because, when combined with a Passion for Community, knowledge enables us to make a positive, lasting difference in people’s lives. As we contribute to an inclusive and resilient society, it is important that we conduct ourselves with Integrity, and treat people with equal Respect and Trust. Together, we drive Innovation for Excellence, using new ideas and technologies to service society’s changing needs. Teamwork ensures that we work with, and learn from one another, leveraging individual strengths to achieve our collective goals.
• What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to cook. During my free time, you will catch me looking at recipes online, watching food channels or even hanging around in my kitchen cooking up stuff (mainly local food) for my family.