Singapore Airlines (SIA), the world’s most awarded airline, has been a loyal donor to NUS for over a decade. The company has given to multiple causes, such as academic support, student financial aid and research, across the University’s many faculties and schools, from engineering, to public policy and music.
“Singapore Airlines recognises the importance of building strong relationships with the many communities we serve, and demonstrating our care for them,” explains Mr Nicholas Ionides, Divisional Vice President Public Affairs, SIA. “Singapore Airlines firmly believes that supporting programmes that benefit the communities we serve throughout the world, such as education, is an essential part of being a good corporate citizen. With a long heritage just like us, we believe that NUS – a leading global university centred in Asia – is able to best nurture future leaders who will benefit from the initiatives we have helped to fund.”
SIA is a founding donor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Today, it is the school of choice to study public policy in Asia, known for its experienced and diverse faculty, its research achievements and its executive education programmes.
NUS beneficiaries of SIA’s gifts also include the JY Pillay Comparative Research Centre, named in honour of renowned Singaporean policy maker and corporate leader, Professor JY Pillay. The Centre focuses on key development issues facing Asia, such as human capital and capitalism. Yale-NUS College has also benefited through gifts to the JY Pillay Global-Asia Programme to support student financial aid and programmes, as well as attract leading academics to undertake research at the College.
The airline has also given generously to the NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music to fund scholarships for aspiring musicians.
“Our support for education is just one of the many ways that we give back to society. We hope that those who benefit through our contributions will in turn give back to society one day with their wealth of knowledge and expertise,” observes Mr Ionides.