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Paying tribute to the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew

06 July 2011

NUS and the Singapore Management University (SMU) announced yesterday that they will be launching several new initiatives respectively as a tribute to the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo, wife of former Singapore Prime Minister and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

NUS will establish a professorship in property law, a distinguished visitors programme, and bursaries and scholarships in honour of Madam Kwa, an alumna of the University. SMU will name its new Law Library, a new Scholars Programme and a Top Law Graduate Award after her.

"The scholarships named after Madam Kwa at the Faculty of Law are a reflection of her longstanding concern that no deserving student should be deprived of a good legal education because of financial need," said NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan. He added that through NUS' initiatives in legal education and research, bursaries and scholarships, the University hopes to keep Madam Kwa's memory alive to inspire generations of promising young lawyers to contribute to the legal fraternity and society at large.

"The values that Madam Kwa espoused and represented are very much the same values we want our students to emulate - her pursuit of excellence, her integrity, her humility, her dedication and her graciousness. We hope to continue her legacy of nurturing talented aspirants seeking to contribute to the legal scene in Singapore and beyond," said SMU President Prof Arnoud De Meyer.

Madam Kwa's niece Ms Kwa Kim Li, Managing Partner of Lee & Lee, expressed their appreciation for the two universities' initiatives. Describing Madam Kwa as a brilliant lawyer, an amazing lady, a visionary ahead of her time, and a lady made of steel and silk in equal parts, she said: "Much as my aunt shied away from being in the spotlight, she would have been very honoured by this."

NUS initiatives
  • Kwa Geok Choo Professorship in Property Law
  • Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitors Programme
  • Kwa Geok Choo Bursaries
  • Kwa Geok Choo Graduate Scholarships

SMU initiatives
  • Kwa Geok Choo Library
  • Kwa Geok Choo Scholars Programme
  • Kwa Geok Choo Top Law Graduate Award

For more details on the initiatives, please click here.