Outstanding Science Alumni Awards 2005
TAN Seng Chye
BSc 1966, BSc(Hons) 1967
Singapore Ambassador to Vietnam (2002 -- 2005)
TAN Seng Chye graduated from University of Singapore in 1967 with an Honours degree.
Bonded under a Singapore Government bursary, he was posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs upon graduation. He had not turned back since and blazed his way through an illustrious career as an outstanding diplomat. He has been serving the Ministry for 38 years and his impressive credentials include Ambassadorships to Thailand, Myanmar (from 1988 to 1990), Australia concurrently Fiji (from 1990 to 1993), Philippines (from 1994 to 1995) and Laos (from 1997 to 2000), as well as Directorship for Policy, Planning and Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia) (from 1983 to 1988), Technical Cooperation Directorate (from 1995 to 1997) and Consular Directorate (from 2000 to 2002). He has just completed his assignment as Ambassador to Vietnam (from 2002 to 2005). In addition, he has represented Singapore in many renowned international conferences such as ASEAN, United Nations, Non-aligned Movement, Commonwealth and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
He has certainly dedicated his life to strengthening the bilateral relationships between Singapore and her neighbours and building trade and investment opportunities outside Singapore. He has been supportive of alumni gatherings whenever he is in Singapore.
"Whatever we do, if we are open to take on new challenges and we are resourceful and are determined to achieve the best, we will realize our dreams. My primary school's motto 'Courage in every storm' is apt to meet life's challenges."