The simple truth is that it is easier for men to have itall--a successful faculty career and a family--than for women.
Max Birnstiel, then director of IMP, put it in an intriguing way: "If you follow conventional wisdom, it should definitely be Munich, but if you were daring then you would head for Singapore.
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"I viewed the possibility of settling in Singapore for a few years as an exciting challenge and as an opportunity for both personal and career development."
Singapore is a major hub for high technology, and many advanced industries can be found here.
With its central location within the Asia/Pacific region, Singapore is an excellent place for carrying out research and development.
There is high demand for postdocs.
"We want to train a new generation, we want to provide some deep technological infrastructure, and to be an attractor for excellent talent from all over the world to come and feel at home."
Inaugurating a home page especially dedicated to Singapore's scientific community
"Industry's drive to develop cleaner technology will result in more jobs in audit (overseeing the greening of chemical processes)."
"In the next phase of our development, Singaporeans have to be more entrepreneurial."
--Goh Chok Tong
"If your research is getting you down and you wonder if a science career is really worthwhile, I'd recommend the Festival of Science as the perfect tonic."
The maxim "sage on the stage to guide on the side" aptly summarizes this ongoing process of the teacher's transformation from an authoritative role to a facilitative one.
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