More than a year before the opening of Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts campus, public and private organisations have already made commitments for student scholarships and Asian studies programmes.
The College will welcome an initial cohort of 150 students when classes begin in August 2013.
“Yale-NUS is a unique partnership by two great universities working together to advance liberal arts and science education for the 21st century,” said Yale-NUS President Professor Pericles Lewis. “We will need to rely heavily on donations to build a distinctive education, one with the global curriculum, active learning and enriching environment needed to fulfill our plans to be a world-class institution. We are most grateful to our supporters.”
In recent months, the College has received donations from local foundations, families and trusts, as well as multi-national corporations.
In April, Yale-NUS College hosted Yale’s Professor Valerie Hansen, an expert in Chinese history, thanks to a generous gift from the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. Prof Hansen was the inaugural visiting Tan Chin Tuan Professor, and delivered a public lecture drawing parallels between the contemporary superpower structure and that of China’s Tang Dynasty in the early 1000’s. The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation is also supporting a Programme in Chinese Culture and Civilisation, which will offer cross-cultural teaching and research of China studies and Overseas Chinese studies.
Singapore pioneers to be commemorated at Yale-NUS College
In the name of the late Chen Chong Swee, a local pioneer artist who nurtured many young artists, the Chen family has made a gift to establish an Asian Arts Programme to promote fine arts in Singapore and the region. This Programme will bring visiting experts and artists to meet Yale-NUS students, and encourage research and interest in regional and local art. The gift also supports a post-graduate scholarship for students to study fine art at select institutions.
The Georgette Chen Study Award, set up by the Georgette Chen Trust, will fund scholarships for deserving students. Prima Limited Singapore has also made a gift toward student support and services.
And earlier this year, Sir Peter Crane, the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was selected as the first JY Pillay Distinguished Visiting Professor. This Professorship, set up by a group of donors led by Singapore Airlines and Singapore Exchange, is one of several initiatives established in the honour of eminent policy maker and corporate leader JY Pillay. NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan described Pillay as “a remarkable Singapore pioneer who will serve as a role model for our students now and those to come”.