Associate Professor Suzaina Kadir

Associate Professor Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore
Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore

Associate Professor Suzaina Kadir’s research interests and area of specialisation include ethnicity, religion and public policy, with special focus on Muslim politics in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and the management of political Islam and multi-ethnicity in Singapore.  She also centres on state-society relations and political development in Asia and regional security of Southeast Asia. Since her appointment as Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), she has been heavily involved in higher education administration at the LKY School. Her focus now is educational research and policy, including the development of an integrated curriculum for the Masters in Public Policy and development of Double-Degree programmes. She recently piloted the first NUS distributed online collaborative course (DOCC) as part of project of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).

Associate Professor Suzaina Kadir has been active in her community.  She served on the 2003 Censorship Review Committee, the Remaking Singapore Committee and the Feedback Unit Supervisory Panel.  She has also served as a board member for the Media Development Authority (MDA) and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).  Currently she serves as the Chairperson for the Malay Programmes Advisory Committee of the MDA.

Associate Professor Suzaina Kadir is a recipient of two National Day Awards: the 2016 Public Service and Commendation Medals. She is also a honoured educator for her innovative pedagogies, and received the NUS Teaching Excellence and LKYSPP Teaching Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2017 respectively. She has been appointed as Fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy.


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