The National University of Singapore (NUS) recently commemorated its founding benefactor, Chinese businessman and community leader Mr Tan Jiak Kim, with the launch of a giving circle to recognise donors who have made an annual gift of $10,000 and above. The Tan Jiak Kim Circle was launched at NUS’ University Town. More than 100 guests attended the Peranakan-themed launch, many of them in Peranakan attire. Among them were descendants of Mr Tan Jiak Kim – Ms Olive Tan, Mr Winson Tan, Mrs James Khoo and Professor Walter Tan – and leading academics, including Professor Wang Gungwu. In his welcome address, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS, said, “Tan Jiak Kim symbolises leadership in giving and in mobilising others to action. This is what we are celebrating in the creation of the Tan Jiak Kim Circle.” Thanking donors to NUS, he said, “Your partnership is vital as we pursue our mission to provide a transformative education, high-impact research and service to the nation and society. As Tan Jiak Kim did over a century ago, you continue to endorse the power of an excellent education through your philanthropy and play a leadership role in shaping our university’s future success through your sustaining contributions and commitment.” He added, “Tan Jiak Kim’s example of giving and initiative to create change – that impetus remains a vital force at NUS today. We ensure accessibility to an NUS education to all Singaporeans, particularly those who are financially disadvantaged. This is made possible by the many bursaries and financial support given by generous donors like yourselves, and through annual gifts of thousands of alumni and friends to NUS.” Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman of the East Asian Institute at NUS, spoke about the evolving role of support for education – both private and public – in ancient China and Singapore’s strong tradition of support for education. As part of the Tan Jiak Kim Circle, donors will have the opportunity to enjoy 10 “NUS Unique Experiences”. These include learning more about race car design and fabrication, performing simulated surgery in a state-of-the-art laboratory and going on a backstage tour at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. They will also be listed in the NUS Giving Report Honour Roll under the Tan Jiak Kim Circle and be invited to an annual appreciation reception. At the launch, three portraits – Mr Tan Jiak Kim, Mr Tan Kim Seng and Mr Tan Beng Swee – from NUS museum were displayed. For information on the Tan Jiak Kim Circle, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800-DEVELOP (1800-338-3567). If you have a story to share, please contact us at email@example.com.