Mr Koh Chin Nguang, a Hwa Chong alumnus, was appointed the Principal of Hwa Chong International School on 22 November 2010 bringing with him strong leadership and a wealth of experience in the education sector. Mr Koh’s appointment was timely at that stage of the school’s development with the roll-out of various new projects. These included the setting up of a scholarship programme for talented students, as well as the expansion of infrastructure and facilities such as the outdoor sports complex and the new residence-style boarding facility.
Mr Koh graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1988 with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry. He was also the SNIC Gold Medal recipient from the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry that year. In 1998 on a government scholarship, he obtained a Master of Education degree (Administration, Planning and Social Policy) from Harvard University.
In 2008, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Executive Public Policy Training Programme at the Beijing University School of Government. When appointed as Principal of Ngee Ann Secondary School in 1998, he was the youngest principal appointed then. Having brought the school to autonomous status in 2003, he moved on to oversee a cluster of schools in the West zone as Cluster Superintendent. From 2004 to 2008, he was the Headmaster of Raffles Institution, the oldest school in Singapore. Prior to joining HCIS, Mr Koh was Deputy Director of Sciences in the Curriculum Planning and Development Division at the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
As a Hwa Chong alumnus and an experienced educator, the appointment of Mr Koh as Principal of HCIS marks a new phase in the development of the school.