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NUS is the first Asian university to partner University of Cambridge in student exchange programme

16 August 2010

EXCHANGE PROGRAMME STUDENTS: Mr Daniel Barnard (left) and Mr Jonathan Bassett (right) from the University of Cambridge, and Mr Chee Enqing and Ms Koh Yan Tian from NUS

SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION: Mr Chee Enqing receiving the Shell scholarship from Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering Prof Chan Eng Soon

SHELL REPRESENTATIVE: Shell’s Regional General Manager and NUS Campus Ambassador Mr Rahul Malhotra at a media interview after the Scholarship Presentation Ceremony
Initiated by the NUS Faculty of Engineering and supported by Shell Singapore, the Shell-NUS student exchange programme with the University of Cambridge is Cambridge’s first student exchange collaboration with a university in Asia. So far, Cambridge has established similar programmes only with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA and the Ecole Centrale Paris, France.

Sponsorship from Shell amounting to S$46,000 over two years will enable two engineering students from NUS to have the opportunity of studying in Cambridge. They will be there for one academic year (from 2010 to 2011), and the scholarship from Shell will cover their airfare, and part of their accommodation and general living expenses. There is a similar exchange programme for Cambridge students to visit NUS, and this initiative is supported by Shell in the United Kingdom.

The two NUS students heading for Cambridge are Mr Chee Enqing and Ms Koh Yan Tian. Both are second-year Global Engineering Programme students who have excellent track records in academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and contributions to the community. They have undergone a rigorous selection process and series of interviews to qualify for this prestigious exchange programme.

“We believe this exchange programme will not only give these young talents an opportunity to learn from the best in the field but to gain a deeper appreciation of the technological and societal challenges facing their respective regions,” said Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore Mr Lee Tzu Yang.

Thanking Shell for its kind support, Dean of NUS’ Faculty of Engineering Prof Chan Eng Soon said: “For many years now, Shell has been a great partner, assisting us in our journey to transform engineering education and in particular, to nurture engineering leaders.”

He also remarked on NUS’ privilege to partner Cambridge in this exchange programme, and added: “We are confident that our students will benefit from this experience, especially exposure to a different culture and living as well as education environment. We expect our students to become more adaptable, flexible and have a more open mind. These are all key qualities that are needed for solving problems, especially grand challenges that society is facing today.”

The two students were presented with their scholarships at a ceremony at NUS on 12 August 2010, together with two other outstanding engineering students, Mr Jonathan Bassett and Mr Daniel Barnard from the University of Cambridge, who were similarly sponsored by Shell to study at NUS.

To all four students, Vice Dean (External Relations) of the NUS Faculty of Engineering Prof Victor Shim said: “Their journeys are just beginning and I wish them ‘Bon Voyage’. I trust that their voyages will be fruitful and memorable and that they will harvest the best from the engineering education and cultural experiences offered by two top-notch universities.”