Saw Swee Hock Professor of Statistics

The establishment of the endowed professorship in Statistics in the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability (DSAP) in 2003 was made possible by a generous gift to the National University of Singapore (NUS) by Professor Saw Swee Hock, a well-known alumnus and philanthropist.  The endowed professorship is designed to invite distinguished Professor of Statistics from overseas universities to spend one semester in the Department to teach and conduct research.  The holder of the professorship is required to teach one module covering any topic in statistics at the undergraduate or graduate level.  It is hoped that the interaction of the visiting professors with students and faculty members, and their participation in departmental activities, during the semester-long visit will help to inject a greater academic vibrancy in the Department, ranked fifth by QS World University Ranking in 2012. 

Since its inception, the endowed professorship has attracted the following renown Professor of Statistics who have visited or will be visiting DSAP:



Period of Visit

Professor David Siegmund
Stanford University


17 August 2005 - 16 January 2006  

Professor John David Kalbfleisch
University of Michigan


18 December 2006 - 17 May 2007  

Professor Howell Tong
London School of Economics


1 September 2009 - 30 November 2009
2 August 2010 - 1 December 2010 

Professor Peter Hall
University of Melbourne


3 September 2011 - 2 November 2011
13 August 2012 - 10 October 2012 
Professor Andrew Barbour
Universitat Zurich

30 January 2013 - 28 April 2013


Professor James Berger
Duke University

20 January 2014 - 7 March 2014
12 January 2015 - 1 March 2015


Professor James Marron
University of North Carolina

12 January 2015 - 11 April 2015


Professor Lai Tze Leung
Stanford University

02 January 2017 - 08 March 2017
01 January 2016 - 28 March 2016


Professor Saw Swee Hock is President's Honorary Professor of Statistics in DSAP, Professorial Fellow in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and a Member of the NUS Board of Trustees.  He was the Founding Professor of Statistics in the University of Hong Kong and former Professor of Statistics in NUS.  He is also an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics.  He has provided philanthropic support to universities in Singapore and overseas to establish gold medals, bursaries, scholarships, and institutes/centres, with his alma mater NUS and LSE receiving the major share of his donation.