Teo Chee Hean (simplified Chinese: 张志贤; pinyin: Zhāng Zhìxián; born 27 December 1954) is the current Minister for Defence of Singapore and a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency (GRC). Pinyin, more formally Hanyu pinyin, is the most common Standard Mandarin Romanization system in use Events 537 - The Hagia Sophia is completed 1512 - The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) The Ministry of Defence ( Abbreviation: MINDEF; Chinese: 新加坡囯防部; Malay: Kementerian Pertahanan Tamil: தற்காப்பு Singapore A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a Parliament. Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency ( Traditional Chinese: 白沙—榜鵝集選區 Simplified Chinese: 白沙—榜鹅集选区 is a six-member
Teo was educated at Saint Michael's School and Saint Joseph's Institution. Saint Joseph's Institution Junior ( Abbreviation: SJI Junior;) is a Catholic primary school for male students in Singapore. Saint Joseph's Institution ( Abbreviation: SJI) is a Catholic secondary school for male students in Singapore. He enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1972 and received his commission at the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute in 1973. The SAFTI Military Institute ( Abbreviation: SAFTI MI, Simplified Chinese: 新加坡武装部队军训学院 is a tri-service military training institution
He was awarded the President's Scholarship and the SAF Scholarship in 1973 to study Electrical Engineering and Management Science at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree in 1976. A President's Scholar is a recipient/awardee of the most prestigious class of university undergraduate scholarships handed out to pre-university students with Singaporean citizenship Year 1973 ( MCMLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology ( UMIST) was a University based in the centre of the City of Manchester A Bachelor of Science ( BS, BSc or BSc in the UK; less commonly S He continued with his studies at Imperial College London, obtaining a Masters of Science degree (with distinction) in Computing Science in 1977. Imperial College London (officially The Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine as given in its Royal Charter It is one of only three universities to have reached
He is married to Chew Poh Yim. She was born in Perak, West Malaysia and went to England for her higher studies. Perak is one of the 13 states of Malaysia. It is the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia bordering Kedah and Yala Province of England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland She graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1977).
She is a marketing consultant to a major supermarket chain in Singapore and she also teaches Marketing Management at the Nanyang School of Business, Nanyang Polytechnic, on a part-time basis. Nanyang Polytechnic ( Abbreviation: NYP; Chinese: 南洋理工学院 Malay: Politeknik Nanyang) is a Polytechnic located
They have a son and a daughter.
Teo held various command and staff appointments in the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Joint Staff. He pursued his postgraduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in 1986, where he graduated with a Masters in Public Administration and was named a Littauer Fellow. The John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (also known as Harvard Kennedy School and HKS) is a Public policy and He assumed command of the Republic of Singapore Navy as Chief of Navy in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in July 1991. On 7 December 1992, he left the SAF to seek elected public office. Events 43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero assassinated 1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar)
Teo Chee Hean was also the president of the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA).
In a by-election in December 1992, Teo was elected as an MP for the Marine Parade GRC. A by-election or bye-election (called special election in the United States) is an Election held to fill a political office that has become vacant Thereafter, he served as Minister of State in the finance, communications and defence ministries.
In April 1995, he was concurrently appointed as Acting Minister for the Environment and Senior Minister of State for Defence. In January 1996, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Second Minister for Defence. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) In the January 1997 general election, he was elected as an MP for Pasir Ris GRC and thereafter was appointed Minister for Education while continuing as Second Minister for Defence. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar
In the November 2001 general election, he was elected as MP for the Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC and re-appointed as Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence. On 1 August 2003, he was appointed as Minister for Defence. Events 30 BC - Octavian (later known as Augustus enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
Teo was once again re-elected as the MP for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC in the General Elections held in May 2006.
|Minister for Environment and Water Resources|
|Second Minister for Defence|
Ng Eng Hen
Lee Yock Suan
|Minister for Education|
|Minister for Defence|
2003 – present