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Dr Tahir gives S$30 million to Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

01 January 2012

Dr Tahir, a firm believer in the importance of education and strong supporter of NUS, at a media interview

Prominent Indonesian businessman and philanthropist, Dr Tahir, has made a new gift of S$30 million to NUS' Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM). With government matching, the value of the gift is expected to reach up to S$75 million.

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "Dr Tahir is a very strong supporter of NUS. His latest gift to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine will allow us to advance medical education and research which will benefit Singaporeans and others in the community. As an alumni donor of the University, Dr Tahir inspires us with his passionate belief in the University's ability to influence the future and positively impact the lives around us. We are deeply appreciative of his gift and his kind generosity."

As a 1976 graduate of Nanyang University, which later merged with the University of Singapore to form NUS, Dr Tahir has been a long-standing supporter of NUS, where his son is also an alumnus. Dr Tahir has made previous gifts to the University to establish scholarships and bursaries at NUS Business School and University Town. With this new gift, Dr Tahir is now the largest international alumni donor to NUS.

Dr Tahir said that education is one of the most important causes one can support and that NUS offers a world-class education. He hopes that his gesture will inspire other alumni and friends of NUS to continue to support the University. This will, in turn, have a positive impact on society, especially for ASEAN countries.

Dr Tahir is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Indonesia-based conglomerate, Mayapada Group. He was recently awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Indonesia. Mayapada Group owns one of Indonesia's biggest privately owned banks, Bank Mayapada, and it also has interests in the country's property, retail and healthcare industries.

By Development Office