The National University of Singapore Society (NUSS), the University’s foremost graduate club, has been a long-standing supporter of National University of Singapore (NUS) students. The Society has given over S$7 million, and helped raise many more millions, to fund bursaries, scholarships, medals and prizes, on-campus concerts, theatre studies and the Alumni Complex. Most recently, NUSS has been supporting scholarships and bursaries at NUS University Town (UTown), as well as through the NUS Alumni Bursary Fund (ABF), an alumni-for-students fund led by NUS alumni.
Elaborating on the Society’s strong support for NUS, NUSS President Mr David Ho (’72) said, “Our support for NUS underscores NUSS’ continued commitment towards promoting the interests and development of the University. Over the past decades, the Society has done this in a scalable and sustainable manner through financial contributions and other joint collaborative partnerships. The passion for giving back to our alma mater must be passed on from generation to generation.”
The NUSS Professorship was created in 2001 and enables eminent professors from different disciplines to share their knowledge with the NUS community and general public. Professor Wolfgang Lutz, Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) and an expert on demographic analysis and population trends, was the NUSS Professorship Lecturer in 2012.
He said, “The NUSS Professorship enabled me to visit a place which has had one of the most rapid expansions of human capital in history, and triggered collaboration between various people at NUS that have not worked together before although they share common research interests but in different research groups. A prominent professor coming in for just a few weeks can make a difference precisely because there are no departmental boundary constraints.”
Many former NUS students, such as Diana Goh Chern (’12), Wendy Wong (’12), Zhang Qiang (’13) and Wang Ming (’13), benefitted from the Society’s generosity while they were students at NUS and have since graduated and gone on to have promising careers and fulfilling lives.
Diana, a Life Sciences graduate from the Faculty of Science and now a secondary school teacher, received the NUSS Medal for Outstanding Achievement when she was a student at NUS. NUSS’ spirit of giving and support for its alma mater is what inspired Diana. Despite suffering from a congenital birth defect in her heart that prevents her from engaging in any vigorous activities, she took part in RunNUS, an annual run organised by students, and also set up her own fundraising page, both in support of the NUS Annual Giving campaign which raises funds for student bursaries.
Wendy and Qiang both received the NUSS Scholarship in Master of Science in Environmental Management when they were students at NUS.
Wendy now works at the National Research Foundation’s Energy and Environment Directorate, which looks at expanding Singapore’s research capabilities in the areas of energy and environment as well as developing innovative solutions to Singapore’s energy challenges. She said, “The Scholarship had a profound impact on me. Its recognition of my scholastic aptitude and leadership potential boosted my confidence. I am eternally grateful to NUSS for their generosity as well as for supporting and encouraging the pursuit of knowledge in environmental management through this Scholarship.”
Said Qiang, who graduated this year from the Master of Science in Environment Management programme, “Receiving the Scholarship made me a much more confident person and also enabled me to pursue my Masters’ in area I am extremely passionate about and care deeply for. I am extremely grateful for the support as it enabled me to do well, successfully complete my course and graduate from NUS. It is now time for me to help my alma mater.”
Wang Ming, a recent Bioengineering graduate and former resident at the College of Alice & Peter Tan in UTown, received the NUSS Della & Seng Gee Bursary. He said, “The Bursary lightened my financial burden tremendously. I will always treasure having received the opportunity to live and learn in UTown and having had the freedom to craft a unique university experience and pursue my passion for the Japanese language and culture. I am now ready to give back to my alma mater and help my juniors.”
NUS Alumni Bursary Fund
The NUS Alumni Bursary Fund (ABF) is an alumni-for-students initiative led by NUS alumni. It provides financial support to NUS students who require financial assistance to begin and continue their education in NUS. Chairperson of the Alumni Bursary Fund, Mr Johnny Tan (’82), said, “Through the Alumni Bursary Fund, we hope to provide the neediest students with the same educational opportunities that we enjoyed at NUS, as well as give these students a chance to improve their social mobility. We also hope to cultivate a sense of regular giving among alumni and broaden support for our alma mater. Giving back should be part of our community spirit.”
If you would like to make a gift to the Alumni Bursary Fund or encourage fellow NUS alumni to support this Fund through a class reunion or other alumni activities, call us on (65) 6516-8000/ 1-800 DEVELOP (1-800-338-3567) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.