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Former Olympian conferred honorary doctorate at SIM – University of Stirling Graduation Ceremony

19 Oct 2017

At the SIM – University of Stirling Graduation Ceremony on 5 October 2017, Dr Benedict Tan, Chief of Sports Medicine at Changi General Hospital, was conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Stirling in recognition of his outstanding contributions to sports and sports medicine in Singapore.  

His list of stellar achievements included representing Singapore at the 1996 Olympics, winning gold at the 1994 Asian Games, three-time recipient of the Sportsman of the Year Award, and induction into the Sport Hall of Fame.

Dr Benedict Tan (4th from right), formerly a competitive sailor, has taken up running  and competed in more than 20 marathons to date.

Also taking the stage, Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer, SIM Global Education, in his address challenged the 60 Stirling graduates from the retail marketing as well as sports studies programmes to pull together what they had learnt and experienced to innovate and re-invent ideas that will appeal to customers.

Citing various examples of running and walking-related events held in Singapore, he tickled his audience with his bizarre but novel idea of a rojak run. Suggesting a run where participants had to make rojak along the way, he said, "And when you think about it, the run itself will be something like rojak, with different ingredients of fun, food, culture and exercise all mixed together". 

One big family: Graduates with faculty and senior management from SIM GE and the University of Stirling.
The University of Stirling is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

The collaboration between the University of Stirling and SIM Global Education started in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree programme in retail marketing. It has since grown to four Bachelor's programmes to include sport business management and events management.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said, "Our partnership with the SIM Global Education continues to go from strength to strength and is a key part of Stirling's global outlook…our graduates are making a difference around the world – in business, sport, industry, healthcare, education, sciences and the arts. Today's graduates will add to that legacy of success."

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