NUS University Professor

WANG Gungwu

East Asian Institute

University Professor
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Professor Wang Gungwu

Wang Gungwu is University Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2007, and Emeritus Professor of Australian National University since 1988. He is Foreign Honorary Member of the History Division of the American Academy of Arts and Science and former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

He received his BA and MA from University of Malaya (UM) in Singapore, and PhD at SOAS, London. His early teaching career was in the UM History Department at Singapore and then at Kuala Lumpur, and held the History Chair at UM in KL (1963- 1968). He was then appointed to the Chair of Far Eastern History at The Australian National University (1968-1986). From 1986 to 1995, he was Vice-Chancellor (President) of The University of Hong Kong. In Singapore, he was Director of the East Asian Institute till 2007.

His books include The Nanhai Trade: The Early History of Chinese Trade in the South China Sea. New Edition (1998); The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy (2000); Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: war, trade, science and governance (2003); Divided China: Preparing for reunification, 883-947 (2007); Renewal: The Chinese State and the New Global History (2013); and Another China Cycle: Committing to Reform (2014).


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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