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A warm welcome to our freshmen

5 Aug 2013

This year’s freshmen taking the university pledge

A lively performance by NUS Funkstyles
Resourcefulness, imagination, interpersonal skills and cross-cultural effectiveness will be as vital to your future success as your intellectual ability. NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan told the incoming students at this year’s Freshmen Inauguration Ceremony held on 5 August 2013.

“By boldly seizing the opportunities in NUS, and embracing the associated challenges, you will embark on a wonderful journey of learning and discovery that will enrich your lives, and help you grow as individuals, as leaders, and as members of our NUS community,” said Prof Tan.

He encouraged the students to take full advantage of the wide range of NUS programmes and facilities, which are at the leading edge of global higher education. Beyond the classroom, he also felt that they should also actively engage with the people around them, develop an appreciation for the history and nature of their community, and gain a deeper understanding of the world beyond their comfort zones and preconceived limitations.

Prof Tan cited the example of Ms Tan Pei En, who was part of a seven-member team called the “Tembusu College Gobi Desert Trekkers”. Ms Tan successfully completed a six-day 250-kilometre trek across the Gobi desert with her team-mates in spite of formidable mental and physical challenges she faced in the process. The trek was organised to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) Vice-President Mr Soh Yi Da also gave a speech before the freshmen at the ceremony. Reflecting on his NUS journey, he urged the students to not only seize opportunities such as international student exchange programmes offered by the University, but also create opportunities for themselves.

At this yearly inauguration ceremony, the freshmen were also introduced to NUS’ senior administrators and student leaders, and treated to performances presented by various artistic and cultural groups.