Lifelong Education for Aging Productively (LEAP) in Singapore


Project Details

Title: Lifelong Education for Aging Productively (LEAP) in Singapore

Funded by: Ministry of Education (MOE) Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2

Amount: S$850,260

PI: A/P Feng Qiushi, Department of Sociology and CFPR Deputy Director, NUS

Co-PIs: Prof Wei-Jun Jean Yeung, Provost's Chair Professor, Sociology Department, NUS, A/P Liu Haoming, Economics Department, NUS and Assistant Prof Feng Lei, Psychological Medicine Department, NUS

Collaborator(s): Dr. Teck Kiang Tan, Research Fellow, the NUS Institute for Applied Learning Sciences & Educational Technology (ALSET)

Project duration: Aug 2020 to July 2023

The rapid population aging in Singapore calls for innovative solutions to enhance the human capital of a population to ensure the nation’s economic growth and social development. This project aims to illustrate the potential of a developmental strategy for the greying Singapore that concentrates on the promotion of productive aging through encouraging lifelong learning, social participation, and economic activeness among older adults. The project will be managed centrally by the NUS Centre for Family and Population Research (CFPR) in collaboration with the NUS Institute for Applied Learning Sciences & Educational Technology (ALSET).

Productive aging is a theoretically-innovative and policy-implicative notion for Singapore. Different from the traditional paradigms of aging research, such as healthy, active and successful aging, productive aging represents a nascent direction, which emphasises engagement in productive activities in later years. These activities include paid working, care giving, and volunteering etc., among which learning and skill development are essential components. By highlighting the contributing roles of older adults to family, community, and society, productive aging goes beyond the ego-centred perspectives of the other aging models with a clear emphasis on the mutual-beneficial relationship among the aged and the society.

Our multidisciplinary team has recently published a series of papers in a high-impact international journal, which examined productive aging in a number of Asian societies, and developed an ecological and life-course framework to study this important matter. Now we aim to investigate the practice of productive aging amongst Singapore older adults particularly through the lifelong learning and skill development, identify factors and interventions that enable and enhance their ability to continue to be productive members of family, community and society, and examine how the recent changes of aging policies caused changes in lifelong learning and productive engagement. In this project, we will pay particular attention to those who have to maintain economic activities in old ages due to inadequate financial resources.


Principal Investigator

FENG QiushiNational University of Singapore

Co-Principal Investigators

Wei-Jun Jean YEUNGNational University of Singapore

LIU HaomingNational University of Singapore

FENG LeiNational University of Singapore



Teck Kiang TanNational University of Singapore


Contact Us

Centre for Family and Population Research
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
The Shaw Foundation Building
Block AS7, Level 3, 5 Arts Link
Singapore 117570

Associate Professor Feng Qiushi (Principal Investigator)

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