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New Dean of Singapore

Professor Ian Postlethwaite, the University’s Director of Corporate Projects, will be taking up the role of Dean of Singapore in January 2016.

As the new Dean for Singapore and CEO of NUIS, Professor Postlethwaite is looking forward to developing a strong research agenda based on collaborating with world class universities such as the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, research institutes such as A*STAR and with local industry. A centre is to be established for postgraduate degrees, joint research, continuing professional development, master classes and small workshops.

Professor Postlethwaite said: “I am delighted to be leading the University’s strategy in Singapore. Singapore is a great place to do research and business, and I am very much looking forward to meeting our alumni and seeing how they can help us realise our ambitions.”

Ian read Electrical Engineering at Imperial College and completed a PhD in Control Engineering at Cambridge. He held posts at Cambridge and Oxford before accepting a Chair in Engineering at Leicester University, age 34. At Leicester he was Head of Engineering, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Affairs) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), moving to Northumbria University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2010.

He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University and the University of California at Berkeley, and made many short visits to major research groups such as MIT, UC Santa Barbara, Tsinghua and Trondheim. Professor Postlethwaite is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Measurement and Control.

Retirement of Professor Mesbahi

Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, Dean of Singapore, is leaving the University on 31 December 2015 to take up a new role as VP (International and Enterprise) at the University of the West of Scotland in January 2016.

Professor Mesbahi joined Newcastle University in October 1997 as a Lecturer in the School of Marine Science and Technology and was promoted to Chair in 2008.

He has been University’s Dean in Singapore since 2011 and Chief Executive Officer of NU International Singapore (NUIS) since 2009. Over this time he has helped to raise the reputation of NU as the destination of choice for Singaporean students to study for a number of degrees.

Professor Mesbahi has been instrumental in establishing and developing the University’s relationships with its partners Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Nanyang and Ngee Ann Polytechnics and local industries.


published on: 21 December 2015