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Partnering a respected leader in China's real estate industry

19 May 2011

STRENGHTENING TIES: (From left) NUS Vice Provost (Education) Prof Tan Thiam Soon and Founder and Chairman of Vantone Dr Feng Lun
One of the most respected brands in China's real estate industry, Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co., Ltd (Vantone), made a US$500,000 gift to the NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE). The gift, which is the first from Vantone to NUS, serves to strengthen SDE's research programme to develop innovative planning, design, and technology solutions for urban environmental sustainability that are most suited to high density cities in Asia.

As the world's population is increasingly living in cities and urban areas, Dr Feng Lun, Founder and Chairman of Vantone, said that the company plays a key role in shaping the future of urban development. For this reason, Vantone had made environment and sustainability a key pillar of their corporate strategy, and "NUS' track record in this area makes it an ideal partner in helping to break new grounds in this field and ultimately, build a healthy future for generations to come," according to Dr Feng Lun, also a prominent real estate tycoon.

Expressing his appreciation, NUS Vice Provost (Education) Prof Tan Thiam Soon said that "the gift is a great boost for us as it underlines that our work in the field of sustainable development is highly respected globally." "With Vantone's support, we aim to generate findings that will spur the creation of innovative solutions to address real world challenges confronting land-scarce cities like Singapore," said Prof Tan.

Vantone plans to make an additional gift of US$4.5 million to NUS from next year, to be disbursed over four years, to advance SDE's research through its Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities. The Centre supports research on the impact of high density urban living such as urban climatic conditions, air and noise pollution, carbon emission and ecosystem, and health and social wellness.

In addition, Dr Feng made a gift of US$250,000 to NUS through the World Future Foundation Limited (WFF), a philanthropic foundation in Singapore funded by entrepreneurs from mainland China. The gift will be used to support the WFF PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research and is an extension of the successful WFF PhD Prize which was first launched on 1 April 2010. Dr Feng is also the Chairman of WFF, which is committed to the building of green communities and research into new technologies in the area of conservation and environmental protection.