SINGAPORE - SIM University (UniSIM) on Friday announced Dr Aline Wong, 73, as its chancellor, making her the first female chancellor in Singapore's educational history.

Mr Richard Eu, chief executive of Chinese medicine company Eu Yan Sang, was appointed chairman of the UniSIM board of trustees.

Both Dr Wong and Mr Eu took over from Mr Gerard Ee at the start of September. Mr Ee stepped down as chancellor and chairman of the board to "pursue other interests", UniSIM said in a statement.

Dr Wong, who has been the university's academic advisor since its establishment in 2005, was a Member of Parliament from 1984 to 2001, and held appointments such as Minister of State for Health and Education.

She was also chairman of the Housing and Development Board from 2003 to 2007, and is currently an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Mr Eu has been a member of the UniSIM board of trustees since 2005 and was also chairman of the SIM governing council from 2006 to 2010.

UniSIM said that the Dr Wong and Mr Eu, given their experience with the school, will "bring new perspectives". It also thanked Mr Ee for his contributions that "strengthened the position of UniSIM as the nation's university with a focus on lifelong and applied learning".