The Ngee Ann Kongsi, a Singapore foundation actively involved in educational, cultural and welfare activities, has made a substantial gift to the National University of Singapore (NUS) for NUS University Town, which aims to redefine how Singapore students learn and live on campus. The gift will fund scholarships, bursaries and distinguished professorships.
TDr Lim Kee Ming, President of the Ngee Ann Kongsi, and Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS, signed a gift agreement during a ceremony held at the Istana on 12 October, 2010. The ceremony was graced by His Excellency Mr S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore, who is also the NUS Chancellor.
NUS University Town is part of the University’s longer term plans to develop collaborative learning communities to engage young minds and maximise their potential. Located across from the NUS Kent Ridge campus, NUS University Town will combine the vibrancy of campus living with an exciting multidisciplinary academic programme. In addition to Singapore’s first residential colleges and a graduate residence, NUS University Town will include art and cultural facilities, and amenities such as bookshops, retail outlets and eateries.
NUS University Town will also feature the Educational Resource Centre (ERC), a 24-hour activity hub where students will interact; brainstorm; use advanced technology for study and research; attend workshops or classes; develop projects; and work in groups or individually on course assignments. It will also be a place to complement academic learning at the residential colleges by allowing students to pursue self-learning and co-curricular programmes.
NUS University Town will launch its initial phase in August 2011 and, upon completion in 2013, will accommodate 4,100 students.
Dr Lim Kee Ming, President, Ngee Ann Kongsi, said, “Supporting education in Singapore at the very heart of Ngee Ann Kongsi’s values. We recognise that University Town is set to innovate education in Singapore and provide a more favourable environment for a new generation of students to acquire the skills to excel in the ever-changing, fast-paced world in which we live. As such, Ngee Ann Kongsi will play a part in shaping both the future of education in Singapore and nurturing the global citizens and leaders of tomorrow.”
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President, said, “On behalf of NUS and our students who will benefit from the distinctive residential learning at NUS University Town, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Ngee Ann Kongsi. The Kongsi’s very generous gift will take us one step closer to achieving our ambition of offering the students of tomorrow a unique, transformative education. We are pleased that the Ngee Ann Kongsi will be accompanying NUS on this exciting new journey, as we pursue our goal of being a leading global university, centred in Asia.” For further information about NUS University Town, or to make a gift, please contact Holman Chin on 6516 7490 or email at email@example.com