Angsana College at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) University Town will be named the Alice & Peter Tan College from 15 January 2013.
The naming of the residential college by NUS is in recognition of a substantial endowed gift from Mrs Alice Tan. The generous gift from Mrs Tan together with the matching government grant will support needy students and academic programmes in the College, as well as in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, NUS Business School and Yale-NUS College. Mrs Tan’s six children are all NUS alumni and her gift is intended to enable students in financial need to benefit from the myriad of educational opportunities at NUS and to fund programmes that would further enhance the quality and impact of NUS’ student learning experience.
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President, said: “On behalf of the NUS community, I would like to express our deep appreciation to Mrs Alice Tan and her family for their wonderful gift to the University. Her generosity will enable new opportunities for many needy NUS students to develop, grow and excel, and will also richly enhance academic programmes and the student learning experience at NUS, for the benefit of generations of students to come.”
Angsana College Rector, Mr J Y Pillay, Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisors, and Master, Associate Professor Adeline Seow, have expressed excitement over the many opportunities that will be made available to their students through this gift.
Said Assoc Prof Seow: “This generous gift will support student programmes and initiatives at the College, with a substantial portion going towards financial aid and grants for students. The gift will open up more opportunities for financially needy students to stay in the College and to participate in meaningful learning experiences both within and outside of the classroom.”
The academic and student initiatives supported by this gift will commence in August 2013, when the new academic year starts. These programmes are likely to include study abroad programmes, student-initiated projects and social enterprise, as well as other academic activities at the Alice & Peter Tan College.
The College is one of three undergraduate residential colleges at NUS’ University Town (UTown). The residential colleges at UTown are the first in Singapore to provide a distinctive blend of holistic living and learning through a collegial, residential experience.
Angsana College opened its doors to students in August 2012, and is home to about 600 students. It aims to help students engage with the community within and outside of NUS, and to encourage them to apply their knowledge to address issues that are important to society. The College consciously weaves these themes of active citizenship and community engagement through its curriculum and other aspects of the student experience.
For more information on the College, please visit The Alice & Peter Tan College website.