TAN Chee Lay 陈志锐

Associate Professor

Deputy Head, Asian Languages & Cultures

Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC)

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PhD (Cambridge University)
MBA (Leicester University)
MA (National University of Singapore (English Studies))
BA (National Taiwan Normal University)


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Research Interests
Literature and Culture; Teaching of Chinese as a Second Language, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature;Singapore Chinese literature;Teaching of Chinese Language

  • Dr Tan Chee Lay has lived in Singapore, Taiwan and the UK, and has studied Chinese Literature, English Studies and Business Administration. He completed his doctorate in Oriental Studies (Chinese literature) at St John’s College, Cambridge University, specializing in Chinese poetry and exile poets. Chee Lay was awarded the coveted Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2004 and the Singapore Youth Award (Culture and the Arts), the highest accolade for youth, in 2006. A former tutor of the Chinese Language Elective Programme, he is currently an Associate Professor in Chinese in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and is the Executive Director (Research & Development) of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, NTU. Chee Lay has published and edited over 20 creative writing or academic books. 

  • 2018


    Received the Singapore Literature Prize 2018, Poetry in Chinese (Singapore Book Council) Award 

    Received the MOE Innergy Award for innovative pedagogy

    Received the Merit award, "International Competition on Chinese Education Lesson Plan", PRC

    Received the Fang Xiu Literary Prize (Poetry)


    Received the Best Research Paper, Regional Studies: Asian, American, African and European 2014

    Received the Best Research Paper, International Conference on Language & Literature Education, Hangzhou, China


    Received 5 consecutive Excellence in Teaching Awards, SCCL, NTU


    Received the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow, National Library Board


    Received the Singapore Youth Award, National Youth Council

    Received The International Student Award (High Commendation), British Council


    Received the Singapore Young Artist Award, National Art Council

    Received the Overseas Graduate Scholarship, awarded by National Institute of Education, NTU

    Received the Singapore Young Artist Award, National Art Council


    Received the National Taiwan Normal University Humanities Research Award (1st, Cultural Research Category)

    Received the All Taiwan Undergraduate Scholarship for Best Students in Chinese and Literature Studies (Zhao Ting Zhen Foundation Scholarship)