By the time Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS), Singapore’s first liberal arts college, held its inauguration ceremony in late August, private gifts had already made an impact on both students and faculty.
Over 20 percent of Yale-NUS’ inaugural class received study awards and scholarships funded by gifts from private donors.
The College is committed to providing opportunities for the most deserving students regardless of their financial ability. As Linette Lim, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Yale-NUS, says, “Yale-NUS has a rigorous holistic admission process and we seek the best and brightest students from Singapore and around the world. As such, we hope that the students whom we admit will not be denied admission because of financial reasons. This is why we are working hard to attract philanthropic support that will enable us to provide more financial aid to these deserving students.”
Recipient of the Georgette Chen Study Award and a student in Yale-NUS’ pioneering cohort, Evangeline Pousson, says, “I cannot express how grateful I am to receive this Award. It is truly generous and has given me an opportunity to have an even more enriching experience at Yale-NUS.”
Gifts from the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation have enabled the College to establish professorships and attract some of the brightest minds from around the world to be part of its inaugural faculty.
Professor Jay Garfield, a game-changing Buddhist philosopher and the inaugural Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS, says, “It is a real honour to be associated with a major Buddhist temple dedicated to care and benevolence. This Professorship has given me the opportunity of a lifetime – working with motivated, creative and talented students and colleagues and working in a community committed to building something entirely new, an Asian liberal arts college with a truly global curriculum. I am thrilled to join Yale-NUS, and am excited by the opportunity to help to build a college and a curriculum committed to academic excellence, genuine interdisciplinarity and to a truly global academic vision.”
Inaugural Tan Chin Tuan Professor of Chinese Studies, Professor Scott Cook, says, “With its vast and generous contributions to the social welfare and sustained development of Singapore and Malaysia, the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation is an organisation of tremendous renown, and its establishment of a program for Chinese Studies at Yale-NUS, which will serve to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese culture around the world, is unquestionably an initiative of great significance. As the first to undertake this important position, I feel deeply committed to ensuring that Chinese studies at Yale-NUS will quickly be on a path to enriching the knowledge and developing the intercultural skills of our young students and future global leaders.”
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