Newshub - NUS' News Portal

NUS President joins students on trekking trip up Bukit Timah Hill

29 September 2010

ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS: NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (middle) with participants during the hike up Bukit Timah Hill

COMBINED ACTIVITY: The participants include students, staff and faculty from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and NUS Business School

On 19 September 2010, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan went trekking up Singapore's Bukit Timah Hill together with students from both the Master in Public Administration and Management (MPAM) programme of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) and the NUS Business School's Executive Master of Business Administration class, along with other students, some faculty members and senior administrators from both Schools. About 80 people were involved in the climb up Bukit Timah Hill which is 163 metres above sea level.

The climbers enjoyed the cool weather of Singapore in September and the scenery along the way was breathtaking. As early as 7:30am, the participants had gathered at the foot of the hill. Prof Tan was among them, dressed in his sporting gear, in high spirits and full of energy. The programme started with a preparatory talk where the participants were cautioned on paying attention to safety throughout the climb. In an excited and happy mood, the faculty, staff and students participated in the climb with great enthusiasm.

Throughout the hike, Prof Tan was among those who were ahead of the pack. Along the way, he chatted informally with the teachers and students around him. Whether they were previously acquainted or not, the whole group of climbers mutually encouraged and helped one another, making the entire journey both safe, orderly and full of fun. Upon the request of the MPAM class during the hike, Prof Tan had even agreed to pen a message for their commemorative graduation book.

This trekking activity was mainly organised by the LKY School with strong support from the NUS Business School. Both the senior administrators of the participating Schools and the person-in-charge of the MPAM programme personally participated and were involved in coordinating the activity. To make this trip a success, Prof Tan himself had specially led over 10 teaching staff and students to check out the route three weeks ago.

In the course of his interaction with participants during the actual hike, Prof Tan not only got to know them, but also gained a deeper understanding of the respective Master programmes, their current teaching approaches and methodologies; and how to improve the programmes, make them more targeted, better design their curricula and complement the strengths of the teaching faculty. The activity also enhanced interaction between faculty, staff and students, as well as among students from the different Schools.

By Feng Xia and Ye Meijin, MPAM, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy