Prof Su Guaning served as the second President of NTU, from 1 January 2003 to 30 June 2011. He was conferred the title of President Emeritus on 25 July 2011.
During his term, he raised the university’s profile as a leading research-intensive institution ranked among the world’s best universities, with clear strengths in sustainability research and China relations.
In 2009, he was elected the founding Chairman of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities, a coalition comprising seven of the world's top technological institutions with a common goal of addressing global societal issues.
An advocate for science and technology, Prof Su led the transformation of NTU, widening its academic programmes with the establishment of three new schools – the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Art, Design and Media and the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Under his leadership, NTU also enhanced its research capacity, attracting top global administrators and faculty such as Prof Bertil Andersson, who succeeded him as NTU President on 1 July 2011.
Prof Su led the development of the NTU 2015 strategic plan, with the university's drive in five focal areas – Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, the New Silk Road and Innovation Asia.
A Singapore President’s Scholar and Colombo Plan Scholar, Prof Su received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and MS in Statistics from Stanford University. Before joining NTU, he spent 30 years enhancing Singapore’s defence capabilities, most recently as the Chief Executive of the Defence Science & Technology Agency.
Prof Su serves on the International Advisory Boards of King Abdulaziz University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has received many awards, including the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and Meritorious Service Medal, both conferred by the Singapore government; the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, awarded by the President of France; and the Friendship Award from the State Council of China.