30 Jan '17, 10am

A distinguished SG economist with an autobiography that shares about politics and academia in S’pore https://t.co/SFcqlS3VlB

A distinguished SG economist with an autobiography that shares about politics and academia in S’pore https://t.co/SFcqlS3VlB

“It was in the 1980s when he first came to see me in my office. He said, “My father told me to do so”. He (Tharman) had just returned from the University of Cambridge where he was awarded a Master’s degree in economics… I looked at his results and said, ‘I see you are a brilliant scholar but my first duty is to send you to an Ivy League university in the US to get your PhD. You will be able to go under the senior tutorship scheme on full pay and on a scholarship but it will take four to five years to complete a PhD programme.’ The thought of having to spend another four to five years to obtain a doctorate just to come under the tutorship scheme came as a shock to him. He said he would think about the proposal but he did not pursue it.”

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