Speaker : Dr Chai Hon Chan
Date : Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Time: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Venue: Symphony 3, Level 1, Symphony Suites & Hotel,
Lapangan Symphony Business Park,
Jalan Lapangan Symphony, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Registration: RM50 per person (includes dinner)
Dress code: Smart casual
Reservations: Please contact Miss Lum by 10 October 2016
Tel 05-2413742, 016-2213742
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The Talk will begin with a brief outline of the different functions of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD or the World Bank) and its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  This will be followed by a short description of how Bank education projects are developed and funded. The talk will concentrate on the development of tertiary education in Singapore and South Korea to illustrate the catalytic role of Bank support for developing human capital as a necessary foundation for economic growth.  The Singapore and South Korean experience highlights the crucial importance of the borrowing countries’ development policies and their planning and management capabilities to successful and sustainable outcomes of Bank financial assistance.  References will also be made to Bank support for higher education in China and Malaysia.

The Speaker

Dr Chai Hon Chan was a teacher at Ipoh ACS, his Alma Mater, (Kirkby TTC, 1953; Colombo Plan Scholar/Fellow, 1956-60,  BA Hons, MA, 1959/1961, Adelaide University) for eight years before joining the new Faculty of Education, University of Malaya in 1963, as one of the five founding members of the Faculty.  He went on to obtain his PhD in Education, Planning and Administration from Harvard in 1968, and in 1971 was made Professor of Education and Faculty Dean.   In 1978, he was recruited by the World Bank as Evaluation Officer and subsequently also as WB consultant on education projects.  He retired in 1994.

His publications include WB evaluation reports on investment projects in Asia and Africa, and various articles on education and HRD.  Books include The Development of British Malaya, OUP, 1964, 1967; Planning Education for a Plural Society, Paris, UNESCO IIEP, 1971; and Education and Nation-Building in Plural Societies: the West Malaysia Experience, Canberra: ANU Development Studies Centre, 1977.

He spends his leisure time catching up on reading and world current events and, whenever possible, providing support for people needing help.