It’s a year since NUS University Town (UTown) welcomed its first batch of students.
UTown, Singapore’s first residential college programme, is a game-changer in Singapore’s educational landscape. Immersing students 24/7 in a vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment, UTown seeks to nurture a spirit of enquiry in its students as well as strong communication skills and a holistic understanding of world issues. Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom and in formal and informal settings with many opportunities for students to engage with professors as well as eminent personalities who are invited on campus to share their expertise.
Charissa Chow, who is a resident of Angsana College at UTown, is making the most of the experience. A bursary student, Charissa, who is receiving the Ngee Ann Kongsi Bursary, says, “I feel privileged to be given this opportunity to be part of UTown. The Bursary has allowed me to pursue my passion for community involvement and active citizenship as a resident of Angsana College. This unique experience has brightened up my university life.”
Charissa is one of 55 students receiving financial aid at UTown in Academic Year 2012 – with 40 receiving bursaries and 15 receiving scholarships, supported by gifts from donors.
Professor Tan Tai Yong, Vice-Provost (Student Life), says, “We want talented and promising students from all walks of life to experience the unique opportunities that UTown offers regardless of their financial ability. Their UTown experience will stand them in good stead when they enter the work force. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have been able to increase the financial support that we offer our UTown students and we hope to continue down that promising road.”
Yap Zong Yao, a resident of Tembusu College, is receiving the NUSS – Della and Seng Gee Scholarship. He says, “The Scholarship has given me greater confidence and the freedom to craft a college experience that not only engages the local community but also the international scene.”
Adds Tan Xin Wei, also a resident of Tembusu College, who is receiving the NUS Alumni Bursary@UTown, “The Bursary has lightened my financial burden and helped me to better embrace the groundbreaking model of learning and living at UTown and stay focused on achieving academic excellence.”
One year on, UTown is humming with promise.
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