The Singapore launch of the Next Age Institute is on Monday, February 23, at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The event will feature Singapore’s Senior Minister of State Amy Khor as the guest of honor.
Khor will address participants after NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan delivers his address.
The Next Age Institute (NAI) is the result of a joint proposal by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Chuan. NUS and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) established the NAI, a special international partnership within the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. Major support came from the Lee Foundation in Singapore, with matching funds from each university.
The institute’s purpose is to study, design and test social innovations. It will address global challenges that affect families and communities, among them aging populations and rising inequality. NAI’s inaugural conference, Older Adults in Community: Capacities and Engagement for Ageing-in-Place, begins Monday after the launch event.
NAI directors Chia Ngee Choon and Corinne Ghoh, associate professors at NUS, and Michael Sherraden, the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor at WUSTL, also will speak at the event. Sherraden is WUSTL’s ambassador to NUS through the McDonnell Scholars Academy.
Professor Nancy Morrow-Howell, of WUSTL, Professor Margaret Sherraden, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Li Zou, International Director at WUSTL’s Center for Social Development, will present highlights from the recently published books “Financial Capability and Asset Holding in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective” and “Asset-Building Policies and Innovations in Asia.”
The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., after the launch event. It will feature speakers and panelists from NUS, WUSTL, Singapore’s government, the University of Belgrade, Renmin University of China, National Taiwan University, Bharathidasan University, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Chulalongkorn University, Adelphi University, Hallym University, and the University of Hong Kong. Michael Sherraden will deliver the closing remarks.