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 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)
- Mr. Lee Chin Weng, John
- Ms. Lee Soy Mei, Esther
- Ms. Pauline Ang
- Mr. Pinaki Dutta
- Mr. Adrian Raj
- Ms. Malgorzata Maria Kucmierczyk (Gosia)
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HUI WENG TAT
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.
MR. LEE CHIN WENG, JOHN
Mr John Lee joined the company as Chief Executive Officer on 14 February 2018. Prior to TMC Academy, he founded TEG International College in 1991 and transformed it from a simple Language School into a regional education organisation. Mr John Lee has vast experience in the education industry since 1978, especially in the area of transnational education. Through his extensive networks, he has set up collaborations with several established institutions in Myanmar, Vietnam and China.
MS. LEE SOY MEI, ESTHER
Miss Esther Lee joined the company as Academic Director on 14 February 2018. Prior to TMC Academy, she was the co-founder and Academic Director of TEG International College. She holds a Master of Arts in Education and a post graduate certificate in TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Miss Esther Lee has been in the training field since 1973 and also holds an ACTA certificate (Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment) by WSQ.
MS. PAULINE ANG
Ms. Pauline Ang graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from the National University of Singapore and she also holds a LCCI Higher Diploma in Accounting.
She started her career with TMC Academy in 1990 as a Lecturer teaching Mathematics, Statistics, IT and Accounting modules. She was promoted to Dean of School of Information Technology and TMC College and managed a team of lecturers and a range of courses such as O level preparatory course, Diploma, Higher Diploma as well as Degrees from partner universities. She co-led a team of system administrators in the maintenance of the IT services within the company and she was instrumental in the roll-out of the elearning project on the Blackboard platform. She also played a key role in the quality audits conducted by the authorities as well as universities.
When the EduTrust certificationwas introduced by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), she was re-designated to lead the Quality Assurance department. She was appointed as the Management Representative (MR) of TMC Academy for all CPE matters in 2010 and continues to be the MR to date. She led the team in successful renewals and interim assessments of the 4-year EduTrust certifications in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Ms Ang was appointed the Deputy Registrar and subsequently promoted to the Registrar. She oversees the operations in the Registrar’s Office which include student admission, student services, resources, examinations, graduations, quality assurance and academic services.
Ms Ang is promoted to Deputy Academic Director and assists the Academic Director in the management of the schools within TMC Academy. She still holds the Registrar position.
MR. PINAKI DUTTA
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.
MR. ADRIAN RAJ
Mr Adrian Raj Angappan is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Business and Law. Prior to joining as a full time academic in October 2013, Mr. Angappan was a Sessional Lecturer with TMC since October 2011. At TMC, Mr Angappan has taught various modules including University of Gloucestershire’s Communications & Marketing, and New Business Development; Monash College’s modules in Marketing, Management, and Intercultural Business Communications; and TMC’s modules in Marketing Communications & Research, Introduction to Management and HRM Strategy.Before joining TMC, Mr Angappan lectured at another PEI in Singapore and Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines.
Mr Angappan completed his Master of Arts degree in Marketing from Northumbria University, UK and has the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). Prior to being an academic, Mr Angappan was involved in various management roles in both foreign MNCs and local companies. Many years of experience working with European and Asian countries has given him an appreciation of cross-cultural communication.
Being TMC’s Link Tutor for University of Gloucestershire, Mr Angappan is responsible for all academic related matters pertaining to the university. He was also awarded the inaugural Academic of the Month. In addition to teaching, Mr Angappan is a member of the Staff Exco of TMC Student Club.
Mr Angappan’s passion to impart knowledge and values transcends TMC. He is actively involved with youth. He volunteers as a Rugby coach, is also a volunteer Doping Control Officer and a firm believer in fair play in sports. Mr Angappan is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.
MS MALGORZATA MARIA KUCMIERCZYK (GOSIA)
Ms Malgorzata Maria Kucmierczyk (Gosia) joined TMC Academy in August 2015 and is currently a lecturer in School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts.
After earning her degree in Tourism and Leisure, she spent three years working in Europe an Asia. She gained her experience in tourism and hospitality from working in international hotels and resort brands. Ms Gosia’s special areas of interest include tourist-host interaction in cross cultural contexts and sustainable tourism.
She believes that learning requires deep understanding that can be achieved when students actively apply knowledge in creative and meaningful ways. As such, her teaching philosophy is to provide students a challenging and creative learning environment to flourish socially and academically.