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S$4.2 million educational gift from Keppel Care Foundation

10 September 2012

Keppel launches the Foundation with (from left) Mr Teo Soon Hoe, Senior Executive Director of Keppel Corporation; Dr Lee; Mr Nathan; Mr Choo Chiau Beng, CEO of Keppel Corporation and Mr Chee Jin Kiong, CEO of Keppel Care Foundation

(From left) Mr Choo, Dr Lee; Mr Nathan; HE Tran Hai Hau, Ambassador of Vietnam; Prof Tan; Prof John Wong, NUS Vice Provost (Academic Medicine) and Prof Chan Eng Soon, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering during the cheque presentation

The Keppel Care Foundation Limited, a new charity, has made a generous gift of S$4.2 million to NUS in support of new and current educational initiatives. The cheque was presented at a fundraising concert celebrating Keppel Offshore & Marine's 10th anniversary on 9 September at the NUS University Cultural Centre. Guest-of-Honour Mr S R Nathan, the former President of Singapore, witnessed the event.

Sharing about the Foundation, Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of Keppel Corporation said that it aims to make a positive impact on people in need and on the environment. "It will do so by providing assistance for the needy and under-privileged, promoting education and encouraging eco-friendly mindsets and initiatives."

Keppel has contributed an initial sum of S$15 million to the Foundation and will commit up to S$50 million over the next 10 years.

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan expressed his deep appreciation for the gift. "Keppel's generosity, across a wide number of disciplines, including medicine, engineering and social work, helps NUS offer a distinctive and rich experience to our students; attract world-leading faculty; roll out innovative initiatives such as University Town and Yale-NUS College; and contribute to the communities around us."

Highlighting Keppel's unwavering support to the University over the years, Prof Tan said that it is the sustained and strong support of benefactors such as Keppel that allows NUS to continue to contribute with impact to Singapore and beyond.

Programmes supported by the Foundation are the Keppel-NUS Vietnam Programme in Medicine to advance medical education between the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Hanoi Medical University and Vietnam Military Medical University; the Keppel Chair Professorship Programme established in 2002 to promote ocean, marine and offshore technology; and the Toh Chin Chye Programmes at NUS which include the Toh Chin Chye Visiting Professorship and Fellowships at the University Town and the Toh Chin Chye Study Awards at the Yale-NUS College.

The Foundation will also support the S R Nathan Professorship in Social Work established by the NUS Department of Social Work to honour Mr Nathan. The professorship aims to bring renowned academia to promote social work education and encourage research among scholars in Singapore and Asia on issues related to social development, poverty and asset building.