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Grooming Asian leaders in Asia

19 April 2012

TF LEaRN scholars Kim Ji Eun (left) of Seoul National University and Minh Nguyen of Vietnam National University showing off their national costumes

Scholars of the Temasek Foundation Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking (TF LEaRN) programme at NUS gathered over a networking session on 18 April to share about their transformative experiences in host countries.

The programme funded by Temasek Foundation aims to groom NUS students and select inbound exchange students from ASEAN and Asia to be the next generation of Asian leaders.

Delivering the welcome address, Assistant Vice-President (University and Global Relations) Assoc Prof Peter Pang noted that the scholars in ASEAN and Asia had an enriching semester, having pursued academic achievements, leadership development, intercultural exchange and community engagement.

Even though the semester is coming to an end, Assoc Prof Pang said that this marks a new beginning for the TF LEaRN scholars. "They return to their home countries with cross-cultural experiences and perspectives and have the potential of contributing more through social engagement projects. It is our hope that each one of you will continue to leave your mark as TF LEaRN ambassadors," he said.

Mr Benedict Cheong, CEO of Temasek Foundation, said that this programme provides opportunities for scholars to build ties, engage with their peers, as well as gain an appreciation of each other's cultures. The connections made during the programme will prove to be important after studies.

Eos Trinidad of Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, was happy that he was able to participate in a pilot mentoring programme under the guidance of Mr Tay Kok Chin from IBM ASEAN. Ankita Kansil from the National Law School of India University said that she collected many impressions of Singapore during her stay here. She particularly cherished the cultural diversity, seeing how different ethnicities comfortably accommodated each other.

In its fourth year now, the TF LEaRN programme has built a community of nearly 500 leaders. The programme is open to students from NUS and its partner universities in ASEAN, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.