“Environmental sustainability is a shared responsibility” – This is what Mr Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore and former National University of Singapore (NUS) trustee believes. He recently attended the NUS Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) Welcome and Award ceremony and Inaugural MEM Seminar series. The event was graced by distinguished guests including Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the MEM Advisory Committee, Professor Tommy Koh.
The Shell Group of Companies in Singapore has generously supported the MEM since it started in 2001. An annual grant from Shell supports MEM students in many areas such as bursaries, a medal to the top MEM student each year, the production of a book of summaries of the best dissertations and an award to the student who submits the best dissertation for the year. The third compilation of the book of Best MEM Dissertations and the 10th Best Dissertation Award were given out at the Ceremony.
Mr Lee said, “Environmental sustainability is important to our business and we have learnt that this requires shared solutions. The unique nature of this Programme is that it gives us the ability to build partnerships and tap on the knowledge of experts from different fields. It is inspiring to see different Faculties galvanise in order to find ways to protect our environment.”
Professor Koh added, “Students in the MEM combine deep domain knowledge with good policy to come up with good solutions to today’s environmental problems.”
MEM is NUS’ first interdisciplinary postgraduate programme jointly offered by nine Faculties and Schools in NUS and hosted by the School of Design and Environment. The Programme aims to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge to manage the environment and to deal with the challenges which will have to be addressed in order to realise an environmentally conscious society and international market. It also enables graduates to assume responsible and influential roles in the public and private sectors and make sound decisions that support sustainable development in all countries.
Winner of this year’s Best Dissertation Award, Melissa Low said, “The Award has provided me with the confidence to pursue a further degree in environmental studies. I am extremely happy and grateful to have received this Award, as I know it is a coveted award within the MEM programme.”
Professor George Ofori, Programme Director of MEM said, “Shell has been with us since we started the MEM programme in 2001. Its support has been invaluable. For me, it is a very good example of corporate responsibility which has inspired and facilitated the education of a generation of leaders who will contribute towards the creation of the future we all want to have.”
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