“The gift of a good education empowers an individual, raises aspirations, fulfils ambitions and transforms lives,” says Mr Tan Bian Tiong (’83), CEO of precast construction solution provider, Excel Precast Pte Ltd. The company recently made a gift to establish the Excel Precast Bursary for financially needy students studying at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Mr Tan hopes that the Bursary at NUS will help students to propel forward and encourage them to keep their dreams and be filled with hope. “I hope that the recipients will make good use of the Bursary to achieve their goals, discover their potential and passions and ultimately, to choose their own path in life and give back to society when possible,” he says.
Behind its decision to give to NUS, Mr Tan shares, “Philanthropy is important to the advancement of education. By contributing to high quality education, it will provide a world of opportunities to those whose families do not have the means to. We believe that higher education should be open to all with ability and not be restricted to only those who can afford it.”
Committed to giving back to society and helping the community, Excel Precast is a longstanding supporter of the Children’s society and the Institute of Engineers Singapore. It has previously contributed to the NUS Business School Undergraduate Bursary Fund and Engineering Bursary Fund.
Excel Precast also hopes the Bursary will inspire students to consider a career in the construction industry, including a job at Excel Precast. What should a prospective candidate offer to Excel Precast? “Personality, as it is something that cannot be trained. We are looking for someone with enthusiasm, possess a willingness to learn and be imbued with passion, ambition and responsiveness. Academic results are secondary,” Mr Tan shares.
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