Professor Wang Gungwu

Chairman of the East Asian Institute, University Professor, National University of Singapore

Wang Gungwu is the Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University Professor, National University of Singapore. He is also Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University.

His books since 2000 include, in English: The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy (2000); Don't Leave Home: Migration and the Chinese (2001); Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance (2003); Diasporic Chinese Ventures. Edited by Gregor Benton and Liu Hong (2004); Divided China: Preparing for Reunification, 883-947 (2007).

Those in Chinese include 海外华人研究的大视野与新方向:王赓武教授论文集 Edited by Liu Hong and Huang Jianli (New Directions in Research on the Chinese Overseas, 2002); 王赓武自选集 (Selected Works, 2002); 移民及兴起的中国 (Migrants and China's Rise, 2005); and 离乡别土:境外看中华. (China and Its Cultures: From the Periphery, 2007). He also published in Japanese: 中华文明と中国のゆくえ (Chinese Civilization and China's Road Ahead, 2007).

He edited 王宓文纪念集 (Wang Fo-wen, 1903-1972: a memorial collection of poems, essays and calligraphy, 2002); and Nation-building: Five Southeast Asian Histories (2005).

Professor Wang is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE); Fellow, and former President, of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science; Member of Academia Sinica; Honorary Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. He was conferred the International Academic Prize, Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prizes. In Singapore, he is Chairman of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS; Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Heritage Centre; Board Member of the Institute of Strategic and Defence Studies at NTU.

Professor Wang received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. degrees from the University of Malaya in Singapore, and his Ph.D. at the University of London (1957). His teaching career took him from the University of Malaya (Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1968, Professor of History 1963-68) to The Australian National University (1968-1986), where he was Professor and Head of the Department of Far Eastern History and Director of the Research of Pacific Studies. From 1986 to 1995, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong. He was Director of East Asian Institute of NUS from 1997 to 2007.