In order to maintain academic integrity, adhere to strategic aims and uphold standards, TMC has set up structures to monitor and review academic processes and developments as well as to implement reform.
This includes an Academic Board and an Examination Board, plus standing and ad hoc committees tasked with curriculum design and development, library administration, course and assessment review, ISO maintenance and assessment appeal.
The Academic Board was established by the Board of Directors as the executive body within the TMC Academy with the authority to develop, establish and review the policies and procedures pertaining to the courses offered by the Academy. The role of the Board shall not be limited to overseeing existing courses but shall also include the development of new courses and other academic developments that will further the academic status of the Academy.
The Academic Board members are:
- Associate Professor Hui Weng Tat (Chair)
- Dr. Chin Kon Yuen (Honorary)
- Dr. Hew Gill (Deputy Chair)
- Mr. Lijush Chakkara Kunimel
- Ms Yeow Cheng Khim
- Mr Dutta Pinaki
- Ms. Pauline Ang
- Mr Winston Pang Wee Pat
Professor Hui Weng Tat was appointed as an external member and the Chair of the TMC Academic Board on 1 August 2012. Professor Hui is an Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He specializes in the impact of globalisation on labour markets, economic issues of migration, education, ageing and retirement, and labour market policies in Singapore. He has also taught in the Department of Economics at NUS before joining the LKY School in 2004. He has published in international labour and public economics journals, and co-edited and contributed to the book Singapore Economy in the 21st Century: Issues and Strategies (McGraw Hill). He has acted as a consultant to the Ministry of Manpower, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and was the Associate Research Fellow of the then Singapore Institute of Labour Studies from 1991-1994. He also served as a resource person to the National Wages Council and was a member of the Economic Review Sub-Committee Workgroup on Wages, the Institute of Policy Studies Economic Restructuring Working Group, the Economic Strategies Committee Workgroup on Workforce Skills and Low Wage Workers and REACH’s Policy Study Workgroup on Manpower Issues. He has held various administrative appointments which include Deputy Director of the Public Policy Programme (1997 - 1998), Deputy and Acting Head of the Department of Economics (1998 - 2000), Vice Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2000 - 2003) and Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) of the LKY School (2004 - 2008). At the LKY School, he teaches graduate courses on Economics and Public Policy, Public Policy Research and Evaluation, and Labour Market Policy Issues.
Dr Chin, one of the founders of TMC Education Corporation Ltd, has played a pivotal role in planning and charting the development of the Group since its inception in 1981. Presently serving as the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he is instrumental in putting forth and implementing the Group’s policies on business growth and engaging in high level collaboration with potential business partners on matters of business development, franchising and overseas expansion. Dr Chin completed his tertiary education in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing, UK, and attained his tertiary qualification in Management Studies which was jointly awarded by the University of Chicago, US, and Singapore National Productivity Board. In 1994, he was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology by Staffordshire University, UK, for his contribution in creating education opportunities for young people in Singapore to gain professional computing qualifications from Diploma level to Master Degree. Dr Chin is also the President of Singapore Education International (SEI), an association formed by private education providers, with the support of IE Singapore, to promote the Singapore education brand overseas.
Dr. Hew Gill is Academic Director and Head of Psychology Programmes.
Dr. Gill obtained his PhD in 2002 from Leeds University and he is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Member of the American Psychological Association. Dr Gill brings considerable professional experience to his role at TMC after a successful 20 year career as an academic, entrepreneur and public servant.
As an academic Dr Gill is best known for his extensive research on personality and behaviour, particularly in organisational contexts, and he has also appeared as an expert forensic witness. Dr Gill has lectured and examined UK university courses including Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Assessment and Appraisal, Psychometrics, Clinical Interviewing, and Research Methods and Ethics.
Before joining TMC Dr Gill held a global management role for a major international financial organisation, and before that he was a successful entrepreneur and business builder, growing several successful companies and global brands. Dr Gill held several major portfolios and leadership roles in the public sector ranging from corporate governance to education and children’s services, and he continues to be a trustee of several voluntary organisations.
Outside work Dr Gill is a frequent media contributor and broadcaster. He is a People’s Association Grassroots Volunteer in his local community, a patron of the St John’s Ambulance, and a supporter and fundraiser for the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped.
Mr. Lijush Chakkara Kunimel completed his Bachelor of Tourism in the year 1998 and Master of Tourism in the year 2000. He was trained in the hotel, airline and ticketing operations as part of his studies. He also did a research on Dessert Tourism in India (Rajasthan) as a requirement for his Master's degree. Mr. Chakkara Kunimel worked as a lecturer for two years before he joined Hilton Hotel in 2002. He also worked with various five-star hotels in India and Dubai, UAE. He worked as the Front Office Manager at one of the hotels in Dubai before he came to Singapore for his teaching career at TMC. Mr. Chakkara Kunimel re-joined the teaching profession as teaching is his passion and he wants to share his industrial working experience with the students.
Ms Yeow Cheng Khim, the Executive Director and Director of the Academic Division has served the Company since 1984. Ms Yeow’s present roles include being overall in-charge of the daily operations of the Group in particular those of the Academic Division. She is instrumental in negotiating with international educators and university partners at the highest level on academic matters, and successfully brought in many bachelor and master degree programmes from various renowned Australian as well as UK universities. In addition, Ms Yeow is actively involved in regular validation audits conducted by university partners and professional bodies as well as quality certification bodies. One of her significant contributions to TMC’s quality journey was her role in strategizing a systematic approach towards attaining the prestigious EduTrust Certification and, organizing and guiding the staff in preparing the final documentation for submission to the Council for Private Education (CPE). Ms Yeow has accumulated more than 25 years of experience in managing various schools under TMC Academy. She has taught as Course Director and Senior Lecturer, and has good knowledge of the education systems in Singapore, Australia and UK. Prior to joining TMC, Ms Yeow was an Accountant cum Administration Manager with a UK MNC, and a Management Accountant with a public listed manufacturing company. Ms Yeow received her Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the University of Singapore and holds a Master of Science Degree (Business Systems Analysis and Design) from City University, UK. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Cost and Management Accountants, UK, and a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Mr. Pinaki Dutta is currently the Dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism. Mr Dutta started his career with TMC in 2007 as an Associate Senior Lecturer. He is experienced in teaching various hospitality and tourism courses under TMC. He completed his Master of Arts degree (full-time) in Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton, UK. He also has a Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of Calcutta and holds a Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management from IIAS, India. He has many years of experience in middle management positions in the UK and India. He has done a number of research works in the field of hospitality and tourism and his ongoing research articles have been published in TMC Academic Journal. His research interests include visitor management, sustainable tourism, tourism anthropology and marketing space tourism. He was elected as a member of the Hotel and Catering International Management Association in 2006 and a member of the Institute of Hospitality, UK, in 2008.
Ms. Pauline Ang started her career with TMC Academy in 1990 as a Lecturer teaching Mathematics and software application courses. Since then, she was promoted several times from Lecturer to Subject Leader, Senior Lecturer to Assistant Course Director. She was then promoted to Dean of School of Information Technology and TMC College. As Dean, she was responsible for overseeing the School of Information Technology in the areas of IT and Gaming Diploma, Higher Diploma, Degree and Masters courses, IT infrastructure, system administration and e-learning as well as TMC College in the GCE ‘O’ Level and preparatory courses. She is presently the Registrar in the Registrar's office within the Academic division. Ms Ang is currently overseeing the three sections in the Registrar’s office: Student Administration, Resources & Examinations and Academic Services & Quality Assurance. She is also the Management Representative for EduTrust and ISO Certifications. Ms Ang graduated with a Bachelor in Science (Mathematics) from the National University of Singapore and holds a LCCI Higher Diploma in Accounting.
Mr. Pang graduated with a Bachelor in Economics (Applied Economics) from University of Malaya in 1975. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration in Finance from University of Hull, United Kingdom in 1991. He has 17 years of commercial banking experience, particularly in credit administration and venture capital financing. He also served for 16 years as senior company director in several listed companies in Malaysia. He was a senior business lecturer in another educational institution from 2009‐2012.
He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Law, TMC Academy. His teaching areas include International Trade and Finance, Strategic Decision Making, Corporate Finance, Project Management, Economics, Banking Operations and Risk Management, Investment Analysis and others.