The FAS Lecture delivered by the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore

Event date: 26/03/2021

VinUniversity is pleased to announce the coming visit by the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Mr. Jaya Ratnam, on 26 March 2021, 12pm-5pm. While at the VinUniversity, Ambassador will exchange views on collaboration between VinUniversity and Singaporean higher education institutions and Singaporean business entities, and explore ways to promote mutual learning and understanding among the youths of Singapore and Vietnam.

On 26 March 2021, Ambassador Jaya Ratnam will also deliver The FAS Lecture, the second in its series. Ambassador Jaya Ratnam will speak about the rapidly growing Singapore-Vietnam Strategic Partnership. Over the years, Singapore and Vietnam have developed strong ties across the board – political, economic and people-to-people relations – as well as within ASEAN. Ambassador Jaya Ratnam will speak about how he plans to build on this strong foundation. He will also share how Singapore is adapting to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to emerge stronger and the opportunities these present for Singapore-Vietnam relations. He would share with VinUniversity students his own experiences as a student and what role a good education has played in shaping his life.

The VinUniversity looks forward to hosting His Excellency Ambassador Jaya Ratnam and to the many possible areas of cooperation that can open up as a result of the visit.

About His Excellency Ambassador Jaya Ratnam

Mr Jaya Ratnam was Singapore’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, concurrently accredited to the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the European Union from July 2016 to December 2020. Prior to this, Mr Ratnam was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Mr Ratnam joined the Singapore Foreign Service in June 1991. He served in various capacities on issues covering Europe, Southeast Asia, International Organisations, International Economics and Consular. He has also served in overseas posts at the Singapore Permanent Mission in Geneva, the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta and Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Ratnam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1991, and a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, United States of America in 2000. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2012 and Long Service Medal in 2014. Ambassador is married to Mrs Sujatha Ratnam and they have three children.

About The FAS Lectures

The series feature renowned experts, scholars, personalities residing in Vietnam and working in the subject areas of the faculty. These key people would have contributed in significant ways to nation-building in Vietnam, in many and their own capacities. It is hoped that the experience and wisdom gained from speakers will inspire staff and students of VinUniversity.