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NUS launches Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme

03 November 2011

(From left) Mr Wong Kan Seng, Singapore Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency; Mr Heng Swee Keat, Singapore Minister for Education; Mr Chua; Mr Teo, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs; Mdm Kay Kuok, NUS Board Member; and Prof Tan, NUS President, launching the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme

(From left) Prof Tan, DPM Teo and Mr Chua toasting to the launch of the Programme

NUS has developed a new programme to groom Singapore's next generation of community leaders. Announced at the launch event on 2 November 2011 graced by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean who is also the Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme will be conducted at the NUS University Town (UTown) starting January 2012.

Made possible by a generous gift of S$5 million from Mr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of real estate development and investment company Ho Bee Investment Ltd, the Programme will be supported with a total fund of S$12.25 million with the government's matching grant. In recognition of Mr Chua's gift, the University has named a multipurpose hall within UTown the "Chua Thian Poh Hall".

Said NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan: "NUS is deeply appreciative of Mr Chua's support and generous gift. This new Programme will encourage NUS students to be more deeply engaged with key social issues in Singapore, to have an opportunity to study them and be inspired to initiate community involvement projects."

Mr Chua said: "I am pleased to be able to provide this gift to establish this new Programme at UTown. I believe it is important to expose students to critical social and community issues so that they will be able to learn the best practices in community development."

Headed by Assoc Prof Albert Teo, the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme is open to all NUS undergraduates across faculties and schools. Students under the Programme will participate in learning modules, research projects, attachments with social service organisations, talks and workshops relating to social issues and the topic of Community Leadership.

Held in conjunction with the Programme's launch was the inaugural NUS-Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Symposium. Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Singapore Ministry of Defence and National Development delivered the keynote speech at the Symposium. Other experts in community building and leadership featured at the event included Prof Maureen Pagaduan, Chairperson of the Department of Community Development at the University of the Philippines Diliman and Mr Mark Hecker, Executive Director of Reach Incorporated in the United States. This annual symposium will serve as a platform for students in the Programme to showcase their research on community issues and challenges in Singapore.