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Honouring the founding benefactors of NUS University Town

01 August 2011

Mr Lee (second from left) presenting a token of appreciation to one of the benefactors, Chairman
and CEO of Ho Bee Group Mr Chua Thian Poh,
with Prof Tan Chorh Chuan looking on

Mr Lee receiving an Honorary NUSS membership from Mr Johnny Tan

Singapore’s former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew presented tokens of appreciation to the founding benefactors of University Town (UTown) at a ceremony held by NUS and the NUS Society (NUSS) on 29 July 2011. A special guest, Mr Lee was also conferred an honorary membership by NUSS at the event, in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the nation.

The benefactors honoured at the ceremony included Ngee Ann Kongsi, The Silent Foundation Ltd and Keppel Corporation Ltd, as well as individuals such as Chairman of the NUS Board of Trustees Mr Wong Ngit Liong, Chairman and CEO of Ho Bee Group Mr Chua Thian Poh, Founder of Bayan Resources Dato’ Low Tuck Kwong and his daughter Elaine Low, Drs Della Lee and Lee Seng Gee from the Lee Foundation, and Founder and Executive Chairman of Mayapada Group Dr Tahir. To date, NUS has received a total of S$40.1 million from donors in support of UTown, which opens today.

Commending the donors for having donated to a worthy cause, Mr Lee said: “Your support will enable additional teaching staff to be recruited to run the small-group learning in the colleges, and provide scholarships and bursaries to deserving students who may otherwise miss out on this unique opportunity because they are financially needy.”

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan expressed gratitude to the UTown founding benefactors and the NUSS community for their contributions. He said that together with government matching, the generous support will provide NUS with the resources it needs to establish academic programmes that are crucial for the success of UTown.

Besides recognising benefactors of UTown, the ceremony also saw the conferment of an Honorary membership by NUSS on Mr Lee. Said NUSS President Mr Johnny Tan: “As the founding father of modern Singapore, Mr. Lee’s visionary and transformative leadership of Singapore has enabled our country to make remarkable progress since independence.” He added that NUSS is extremely honoured by Mr Lee’s acceptance of the membership.

Giving the citation on Mr Lee, Chairman of the East Asian Institute and NUS University Professor Wang Gungwu highlighted the early years of Mr Lee’s connection with the University’s history. Mr Lee was a student of NUS predecessor institution Raffles College from 1940 to 1941. “Mr Lee Kuan Yew of that Raffles College is an inspiration for NUS, NUSS, Singapore and beyond,” said Prof Wang.

By Karen Loh, Office of Corporate Relations