National University of Singapore (NUS) alumnus and scholarship recipient, Mr Ouyang Xiuzhang (’99), has set up the Hanxing Bursary in honour of his six-year-old son, Ouyang Hanxing, in the hope that it will inspire him to perpetuate this father’s philosophy of giving.
Mr Ouyang was born in Wuhan, China, and was able study at the NUS Business School thanks to a Singapore government scholarship. The successful business professional, hopes to give others the same opportunities he was given. “Looking back, the least I can do is to give back to the University and be supportive of the next generation of students to have a chance to do better in life.
“My family was lucky to be able to advance through the Scholarship and NUS experience. In our own humble way, we would like to support the next generation of students to do the same,” he says.
Mr Ouyang hopes that the recipients of the Bursary will take full advantage of their time at NUS to develop a world view, make full use of their potential in their personal lives and, when they are able to do so, give back to their roots, whether this be their family, the University or the country.
For Mr Ouyang, his time at NUS was more than just about academic achievement. He also appreciates the holistic education he received. “NUS gave me exposure to the English language, a more global view of the world and I interacted with a multi-cultural student body and lecturers,” he explains.
Mr Ouyang’s experiences at NUS also set him on the career path that would lead to his current role as managing director of the Global Commodities Group at JP Morgan Chase & Company. Following a talk by Goldman Sachs, Mr Ouyang was offered an internship at the company. “That was the first time I had ever heard of investment banking, and I have been in this industry ever since.”
On choosing to give back to his alma mater, Mr Ouyang explains, “Asian alumni giving continue to trail far behind American universities. As an NUS alumnus, I hope to contribute to the cause of helping the University attract the best students with great potential. Moreover, after the 2008 financial crisis, the gap between the wealthy and the underprivileged has become greater. There is no better way to bridge this gap than by providing higher education.”
Mr Ouyang hopes other alumni will join him in giving back to their alma mater.
“Many alumni have their own success stories and roots that they will want to give back to. If all of us can support the cause of advancing knowledge, together we can help to make NUS a more successful and attractive University,” he concludes.
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