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Dear Visitor,

Thank you for dropping by.

My name is Lee Chu Keong (“Lee” is my surname), and I am a teacher. I come from Klang, a pretty big town in Malaysia about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, which is famous for its bak kut teh. In Klang, I studied at the La Salle Primary (Standard 1 to 6) and Secondary (Form 1 to 5) Schools, and then at the Anglo Chinese School (Lower and Upper 6).  In 1986, After receiving my STPM (the Malaysian version of the A-Levels) results, I came over to Singapore to study.  I chose to study chemical engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and I graduated in 1990. This makes me a chemical engineer by training.

After graduating, the first organisation I worked for was McDermott South East Asia, where I was a process engineer.  I pretty much worked on ChemShare’s Design II simulation software and the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet every day at McDermott, and became very proficient at them.  After about a year at McDermott, I decided to try teaching.  I have been at it since then.

The first school I taught at was Singapore Polytechnic (in the Chemical Process Technology Department).  I taught at Singapore Polytechnic for slightly over eight years.  Next, I completed a short stint (slightly less than two years) at Temasek Polytechnic.

In 1997, I decided to pursue my masters, and I graduated in 2000 with a Master of Science (Information Studies) from NTU.  I was inspired to do my doctoral studies, and graduated in 2008, again from NTU.  Sometimes, life comes a full circle.  In 2016, I became the programme director for the Master of Science (Information Studies), the very programme I studied some twenty years before.

Today (approximately 28 years after I taught my first class, gasp!), I teach at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), in Nanyang Technological University.  For fifteen years, I taught in two postgraduate programmes, namely, the Master of Science (Information Studies) and Master of Science (Knowledge Management).  In 2015, I taught the undergraduates for the very first time (Foundations of Information Analytics (CS2400), in the Information Analytics track).  In 2016, the powers that be at WKWSCI made the Information Analytics module a core module (so CS2400 does not belong to any track any more).  I guess I’ll be teaching this module for some time to come.

I am currently the programme director for the Master of Science (Knowledge Management) and the Master of Science (Information Studies) programmes.  I have diverse interest, and I have taught various modules in both programmes — Music and Art Sources and Services; Science and Technology Sources and Services; Management and Business Sources and Services; Sources and Searching; Foundations of Knowledge Management; and Information and Knowledge Assets.

Teaching is something I enjoy doing very much, and I’ve been told that I’m “natural” and “authentic” in front of the students when I teach.  I am humbled that I won the Nanyang Education Award (School Level) in March 2015, mostly by having fun.  I’m really blessed because I’m doing what I love, and I'm being paid for doing it.

I like to experiment, and now, I am experimenting with teaching using stamps and first day covers.  I take my students out on walks sometimes, because I think walking can help them think “out-of-the-box”.  They also tell me things they would not otherwise tell me during these walks.

Other than teaching, two projects occupy quite a bit of my time:

(I) Things.Photos (

Things.Photos is a digital library of artefacts (manmade things) from around the world.  (More about here.)

(II) The Mathematics Digital Library, or MathDL (

The Mathematics Digital Library (MathDL) is a digital library of mathematics questions, taken mostly from out-of-print (but not necessarily out-of-copyright) mathematics textbooks. (More about MathDL here.)

Once again, thank you for dropping by.




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