A PhD graduate of SOAS, Professor Wang Gungwu was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 1996 in honour of a long and distinguished career as a scholar of China and the Chinese overseas.
After graduation from SOAS, Professor Wang returned to his first alma mater, the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, as the Chair in History. In 1968, he moved to the Australia National University as Professor of Far Eastern History where he also served as the Director of the Research School of Pacific Studies. In 1968 he was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong where he simultaneously held a number of government and public offices including membership of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Government. In 1995 he moved to the National University of Singapore, where he has served as both a Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as Director of the East Asian institute.
In recognition of his contribution to the study of East and South East Asia, Professor Wang is Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow and former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.