The National University of Singapore (NUS) today launched the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme, which aims to develop Singapore’s next generation of community leaders, at an event graced by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs. The new programme will be run out of NUS University Town (UTown), Singapore’s first residential college experience.
Established with a generous gift of S$5 million from Mr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of real estate development and investment company Ho Bee Investment Ltd, the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme will be supported with a total fund of S$12.25 million with the government’s matching grant. In recognition of Mr Chua’s first gift to NUS, the University has named a multipurpose hall within UTown the “Chua Thian Poh Hall”.
The objective of the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme at UTown is to groom Singapore’s next generation of community leaders who will not only be intellectually engaged with social and community issues, but will also be passionate about addressing social and community challenges in Singapore.
Said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, “NUS is deeply appreciative of Mr Chua’s support and generous gift. This new Programme will encourage NUS students to be more deeply engaged with key social issues in Singapore, to have an opportunity to study them and be inspired to initiate community involvement projects. It is important for our students to do their part in making a difference to our society and UTown, which combines the vibrancy of residential living with an exciting multidisciplinary academic programme, is an ideal platform to launch this innovative programme.”
Located within walking distance of the NUS Kent Ridge Campus, UTown, which admitted its inaugural batch of students in August 2011, is the first of its kind in Singapore’s higher learning landscape, and was designed to further enhance the student experience at NUS. Said Mr Chua,
“I am a firm believer in education and its ability to open doors for today’s youth as they grow and develop into the leaders of tomorrow. I am pleased to be able to provide this gift to establish this new Programme at UTown. I believe it is important to expose students to critical social and community issues so that they will be able to learn the best practices in community development. We hope that through this programme, we will be able to groom many outstanding community leaders who would make meaningful contributions to society.”
Actively involved in the community and social services, Mr Chua serves on the boards of several other companies and community organisations. He is the President of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Board Chairman of Business China, Immediate Past President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chairman of Ren Ci Hospital and Chairman of Bishan East Citizens’ Consultative Committee. Mr Chua is also the Trustee cum Chairman of the Finance & Establishment Committee of Chinese Development Assistance Council. Throughout the years, Mr Chua has contributed generously to many community projects including donations to social, welfare, education and charity organisations.