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Early Years

The College was officially opened by the then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on 13 February 1970
Mr Lee Kwan Yew

The Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College (GKS CSC) traces its proud history to its founding in 1968. Originally named the Singapore Command and Staff College (SCSC), its original campus was in Fort Canning where development took two years.

When the campus was finally ready, it was officially opened by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, on 13 February 1970, with Colonel Kirpa Ram Vij serving as the College Director. The College saw another three more relocations, to Marina Hill in 1975, thence to Seletar Camp in 1982 before finally settling into its campus in SAFTI Military Institute in 1995 where it still resides.

Early Locations

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Seletar Camp (1982)
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Fort Canning (1968)
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Marina Hill (1976)

Taking its place in SAFTI MI

In June 1995, the College moved to SAFTI MI in Jurong

In June 1995, GKS CSC moved to SAFTI MI in Jurong. The Institute was officially declared opened on 25 August 1995 by the then Prime Minister, MR GOH CHOK TONG. The importance of the College is self-evident.

The majority of the SAF's mid level commanders and staff officers has been and will be trained here. It is here that they acquire the knowledge and expertise needed for command and staff appointments in MINDEF, the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.


In Honour of Dr Goh Keng Swee

In remembrance and honour of Dr Goh for his contributions as the first Defence Minister of Singapore, Singapore Command and Staff College (SCSC) was renamed to Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College (GKS CSC).
Dr Goh Keng Swee

As Singapore's first Defence Minister, Dr Goh Keng Swee has set the foundations for SAF, started National Service, and set high standards for Leadership. It is thus appropriate that MINDEF/SAF remembers and honours Dr Goh for his contributions.

As such it is most befitting to rename Singapore Command and Staff College (SCSC) to Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College (GKS CSC) as SCSC is the foremost college in SAF that provides military education for leaders in the SAF, and as Dr Goh is well remembered for his strong sense of values and emphasis on strong leadership and qualities which are imperatives for leaders in the SAF.




To learn more about Dr Goh Keng Swee, please click here.

Last updated on 04 Feb 2013
 
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