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The Poet is a psychologist and educationist. He was educated in Edinburgh, Malaysia, Singapore and in Pennsylvania, USA. Holder of a M.Ed., Dip. Ed-D in Education and Advanced Psychology and Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree, he held various top academic and professional appointments. He has worked as a psychologist in a Scottish clinic and headed the guidance and counselling departments in the Ministry of Education and the PR departments in the Police and the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore's Director of Planning, Director of Nanyang University and the American College and Executive Vice-President of the International Schools and IBM Education Centre in Singapore. An army Major in the Singapore Artillery in his younger days, he became the Chief of the Education and Public Relations Department and Chief Education Officer of the Singapore Armed Forces and Deputy Secretary in the Singapore Administrative Service and later joined the University administration as DVC, after which he retired as a Property Developer. An accomplished poet, Chinese calligrapher, ballroom dancer (Gold Star) , and author of many publications, he was well known in the art and literary circles overseas, particularly in China where he spent his retirement years. Among other duties, as Chief Education Officer of the Singapore Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior and Defence, he set up the National Education Branch in 1966 and launched the National Education Programme and the Leadership Training Programme for officers and men in the Singapore Armed Forces. Andrew W.K. Yip began to write at an early age. In the 1950s, he joined the Poetry Circle in Singapore and immersed in Anglo-American modernist poetry, and writing poetry in both English and Chinese. His poetic corpus is nourished by the belief that poetry constitutes “a quiet motivating force in the modern age”. In 1964, he travelled to the USA and UK on a UNESCO Fellowship where he became immersed in psychological studies, psychotherapy and guidance techniques. He returned to Singapore to launch a guidance movement for Singapore schools. Within a month, he introduced psychological testing and launched the Vocational Guidance Bulletin to disseminate guidance information to Singapore schools. He remained as its Editor for several years until he was transferred to Singapore Armed Forces as Head of the Education and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of the Interior and Defence. There, he wrote the Code of Conduct for the Armed Forces, and lyrics for military songs. While serving in military service, he launched the National Pioneer, a monthly bulletin for distribution to all national servicemen in the armed forces. Today, the Pioneer, the new name of the publication, is still the main newspaper for all military personnel in Singapore. Yip stopped writing when he joined the private sector as a housing developer, but resumed writing poetry and books in English and Chinese in the 1980s under various pen-names, including “Andre W. Keye”, and “Zhou Tian, ” after he started work in China’s Translation Bureau in Guangdong. Son of a world famous photographer, Yip Cheong-Fun, who was elected by New York as the 'Outstanding Photographer of the Century' in 1980, he has written many poems to depict the artistic images created by his late father, both in Chinese and English, including the photograph entitled 'Teach Me' featured above. An anthology of his poems, entitled 'A poetic vision - the photography of Yip Cheong-Fun', was published in mid-2009 by ServiceWorld Centre and distributed overseas.

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