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Officially, I can be addressed as Dr Ng Aik Kwang, since I have a PhD in Psychology from the University of Queensland (Australia).  But I prefer to be known simply as “Kwang”.  After I obtained my PhD (or became “Permanently Head Damaged”), I returned to Singapore, where I’m born, to lecture at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

During this time at NIE (1999 – 2005), I wrote a few books on creativity, including a controversial bestseller Why Asians are less creative than Westerners (which has been translated into Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia).  I also received the 2001 Early Career Research Award from the International Council of Psychologists for a provocative research paper which is interestingly entitled Why Creators are Dogmatic People, “Nice” People are not Creative and Creative People are not “Nice”.

In 2005, I resigned from my full-time job at NIE to set up The Idea Resort – A Haven For Learners.  It provides practical and interactive workshops for school teachers, students, parents, employees and anyone who’s interested in creativity.  As an academic-author-entrepreneur, I’ve conducted training and given keynote speeches on creativity in different primary & secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education.  I’ve also lectured part-time in different universities like Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University and SIM University.

Over the years, besides keeping myself busy doing all these things, I still managed to squeeze in some time to visit the Jurong Bird Park. I hope you like this picture of me with my bird-friends!

Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor of Arts, National University of Singapore (1991)
  • Bachelor of Social Science, National University of Singapore (1992)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, Australia (1998)
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching in Higher Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2001)


Previous Work Experience

  • Senior Officer, National Productivity Board, Singapore
  • Senior Tutor, Department of Psychology, University of Queensland
  • Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education
  • Adjunct Professor, Singapore Management University
  • Part-time lecturer, SIM University & NIE/NTU


Awards / Recognition

  • 2001 Early Career Research Award, International Council of Psychologists