Giving Stories

  • 26 May 2017: Graduating seniors reflect on the impact of study awards on their Yale-NUS experiences

    By Yip Jie Ying | Images as credited This year marks a significant milestone for Yale-NUS as the College celebrates the graduation of its inaugural cohort, the Class of 2017. In the midst of the celebrations, some graduating students have taken a step back to reflect on their time at Yale-NUS and the impact that...

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  • 28 April 2017: Building a legacy of Senior Class Giving

    By Baoyun Chelsea Cheo (Class of 2017) | Images as credited As Yale-NUS College prepares for the graduation of its first class this May, the Class of 2017 united for their final parting gift to the College community in February during the College’s inaugural Senior Class Gift (SCG) Campaign. Led by a committee of seven...

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  • 31 March 2017: Broad Peak Global Engagement Internship Fund – making dreams come true

    By Yip Jie Ying | Images as credited Over the summer of 2016, four students went on meaningful internship experiences around the world through the Broad Peak Global Engagement Internship Grant, established by Singapore-based investment firm Broad Peak Investment Advisers Pte Ltd and supported by the College’s Centre for International & Profe...

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  • 3 March 2017: Saw Swee Hock Study Award – the start of a ripple effect

    By Yip Jie Ying | Images as Credited The Saw Swee Hock Study Award at Yale-NUS College was established in 2016 through a donation provided by Professor Saw Swee Hock, who is President’s Honorary Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Professorial Fellow...

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  • 27 January 2017: Looking at the world from a different window

    By Yip Jie Ying & Joella Lopes-Lam | Images as Credited To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world (学一门语言,就是多一个观察世界的窗户). This Chinese proverb clearly resonates with students who dedicate numerous hours to learning languages from all over the world. With support from the Tan Chin Tuan...

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  • 30 December 2016: Dispatches from abroad

    By Callysta Thony & Joella Lopes-Lam | Images as credited Semester abroad programmes are enriching and highly rewarding experiences for students at Yale-NUS College, who return with stories and lessons to share with their peers back in Singapore. These trips provide valuable opportunities for students to pursue their academic interests while...

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  • 25 November 2016: J Y Pillay Fellow attracted to Yale-NUS College for its “unique philosophy of being intentionally global”

    Written by Nirali Desai | Image by Aleithia Low Established to allow Yale-NUS College to hire young academics who can help develop and participate in the College’s diverse curriculum and programmes, the J Y Pillay Fellowship is part of the J Y Pillay Global-Asia Programme, which is supported by philanthropic gifts from various corporations and...

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  • 28 October 2016: A legacy that lives

    By Serena Quay | Image provided by the Schenker family Many at Yale-NUS call the little island of Singapore their home, including those who hail from far away. Singapore is seen as a perfect haven – a combination of urbanisation and multicultural traditions. This was particularly true for a young boy named Tizian Schenker (in...

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  • 7 October 2016: Yale-NUS thanks its donors and launches the Yale-NUS Alumni Study Award

    By Baoyun Chelsea Cheo | Images by Karen Khoo (from left) Friends of Yale-NUS Ms Chong Siak Ching, Professor Khoo Hoon Eng and Mr Khong Mun Keong presented a cheque for the Yale-NUS Alumni Study Award to Yale-NUS College, which was received by President Pericles Lewis On 25 August 2016, Yale-NUS College hosted a dinner for donors...

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  • 29 July 2016: Giving students the freedom to pursue dream internships

    Written by Cheo Baoyun (Class of 2017) | Images as credited This summer, a group of Yale-NUS students were able to pursue their ideal career experience through the Self-Directed Internship Funding programme, made possible by the Alice and Peter Tan Endowment at the College. The programme, run by the Centre for International & Professional Ex...

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  • 27 May 2016: Creating a Chain for Growth

    Written by David Chia | Images by Aleithia Low  In recent years, Spaniard Mr Alberto Duran has made Singapore his home. He views it as a responsibility to contribute to the young city state, creating a support network for future generations. To do so, Mr Duran has generously contributed to Yale-NUS College, with a study...

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  • 29 April 2016: Yale-NUS Hosts International Academic Conference on Excavated Manuscripts and Chinese Classical Studies in Collaboration with Fudan University

    Written by Annie Wang (Class of 2019) and Perry Kwan (Class of 2018) | Images by Toh Huiran (Class of 2017) From 7 to 9 April 2016, Yale-NUS College held the inaugural Conference on Excavated Manuscripts in Chinese Classical Studies, a collaborative initiative led by the Chinese Studies Council at Yale-NUS College in partnership with the...

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  • 29 March 2016: New boundaries, greater horizons

    Written by Serena Quay | Image by Aleithia Low The Lee Foundation has been making a difference for over 60 years and is known for its dedication to spurring progress in education and culture. It was founded by Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Lee Kong Chian, a well-known businessman and philanthropist. Two Yale-NUS students are amongst those...

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  • 23 February 2016: Renowned Anthropology Professor named J Y Pillay Professor

    Written by Serena Quay | Image by Aleithia Low Renowned Anthropology professor and researcher Nicole Constable is the inaugural recipient of the J Y Pillay Professorship at Yale-NUS. This Professorship is part of the J Y Pillay Global-Asia Programme, which was set up to honour Professor J Y Pillay, a pioneer who made groundbreaking contributions...

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  • 29 January 2016: The enduring paradox of US-China relations

    Written by Melissa Wang | Images by Aleithia Low The United States and China – unmistakably two of the most prominent nations in the world today – have a power struggle that seems ever-growing. However, some scholars are optimistic about the situation, including Professor Bates Gill. Professor Gill is a renowned China expert with a...

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  • 4 December 2015: Empowering women to do more for society

    Written by Baoyun Cheo | Images by Aleithia Low A unique scholarship with a special focus on female students, the Kewalram Chanrai Scholarship has been established with a generous gift from the Kewalram Chanrai Group. Priority is given to female applicants in a bid to empower and inspire female undergraduates to be future leaders and...

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  • 23 September 2015: Learning through international experiences

    Written by Amelia Chew | Images as credited For more than a week, a short walk through the Yale-NUS College Library would take you past display boards featuring photographs, write-ups, poems and reflections chronicling the summer experiences of various Yale-NUS sophomores and juniors. Ranging from internships to summer school programmes, many of...

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  • 19 August 2015: Inaugural recipient of the Wu Hsioh Kwang Family Study Award

    Yale-NUS College is fully committed to helping our students afford an education here. The Admissions team practises a need-blind admissions policy, so that the ability to pay for an education at Yale-NUS does not affect the admissions decision in any way. In addition, the College also offers a range of need-based awards to help ensure...

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  • 24 June 2015: For the love of language, and more

    With more than 400 million people speaking the language, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. For three months last year, five Yale-NUS students dedicated their summer break to studying the Spanish language at language schools around the world. With the support of Yale-NUS College’s Centre for International and Profess...

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  • 10 June 2015: The undying legacy of Georgette Chen

    Despite her passing in 1993, Georgette Chen’s legacy in the Singapore art scene continues to burn strongly today. The Estate of Georgette Chen, through its trustees, Dr Lee Seng Gee and Dr Della Lee, have established the Georgette Chen Study Award in Yale-NUS, which is one of our Donors’ Need-Based Study Awards. Aside from study...

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  • 15 April 2015: Shades of Nanyang

    On 10 April 2015, Yale-NUS College invited Art Historian Dr Lai Chee Kian to share about post-war Southeast Asian art in Singapore and Malaysia. Basing his talk on the idea of ‘Nanyang’, Dr Lai, an expert in the histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia, spoke about how the term generally...

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  • 1 April 2015: Insights on bullying, Chinese history and Baudelaire

    On 12 March, Professor Jonathan Spence, an internationally recognised leading scholar of Chinese History, and Sterling Professor of History (Emeritus) at Yale University, discussed the experiences in his academic career, during a public lecture titled ‘A Historian’s Life’. Professor Spence has published 10 books on Chinese history to date, notab...

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  • 4 March 2015: Global Leader Scholarship recipient, Saza Faradilla, shares her College experiences

    Saza Faradilla, Class of 2018, is a recipient of the Global Leader Scholarship award that was established by an anonymous donor. Since entering Yale-NUS, the energetic freshman has involved herself in many facets of academia and residential life – from joining various student organisations, to gamely participating in school sporting events and c...

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  • 28 January 2015: Discovering how modern Chinese culture is represented in the arts

    From the 20 to 27 September 2014, a group of students in the Modern Chinese Literature and Film course led by Associate Professor of Humanities Petrus Liu headed to Beijing and Shanghai for a week to explore the way modern Chinese culture is represented in the arts. The trip was partially sponsored by the Tan...

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  • 24 December 2014: Helping Yale-NUS students fulfil their College experience

    Meet Clin Lai: A freshman at Yale-NUS from the Class of 2018 who loves reading, writing and dancing. One semester into College, she finds herself enjoying every seminar and lecture that comes her way, and is involved in four extracurricular clubs – Environmental Sustainability Club, Literary Collective, Japan Society, and Strategic Board G...

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  • 14 May 2014: Benevolent Scholar’s Gift

    “I want to focus on something which gives humanity more handsome dividends,” declares Dr Alan Chan, a businessman turned scholar, whose gift established the Alan Chan Study Award at Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS). His gift will not only help financially needy students, but will also support innovative student programs at the College…

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  • 16 April 2014: Chen Family Supports Art

    “One cannot find a better place than Singapore and Yale-NUS College to study Asian art. Yale-NUS, with its excellent resources and ideal location in a region with a burgeoning arts scene, is a solid platform for students who wish to pursue their passion, and potentially a career in art,” says Mr Tan Wee Lee…

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  • 24 March 2014: Yap Kim Hao Professorship in Comparative Religious Studies

    Yale-NUS College establishes the Yap Kim Hao Professorship in Comparative Religious Studies, aimed at enhancing the academic study of religions at the College. Focusing on the multiple religious beliefs, practices and experiences in today’s world, the study of Comparative Religious Studies is a crucial component of the global curriculum for the ...

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  • 21 March 2014: Distinguished Yale professors

    In March 2014, Yale-NUS College welcomed three distinguished Yale University professors, visiting J Y Pillay Distinguished Professor Bryan Garsten, visiting Tan Chin Tuan Professor of Chinese Studies Professor Deborah Davis and Professor Amy Hungerford, visit the College…

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  • 12 February 2014: School Teacher Makes a Legacy Gift to Yale-NUS

    Ms Siong Siew Oon, an 87-year-old retired school teacher, has lived in an historic shophouse off Emerald Hill for over 80 years.  She now plans to bequeath her share of the house to the National University of Singapore (NUS) to fund a study award in honor of her father, the late Mr Siong Keng Hoon….

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  • 8 January 2014: An Education Reimagined for the Future

    Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts college, opened its doors in August 2013. Professor Pericles Lewis, founding President and Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS, talks about the College’s distinctive approach to a liberal arts education, the diverse student body, the role of philanthropy in the College’s success and plans for the ...

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  • 31 December 2013: Giving Students a Helping Hand

    Since its opening in August 2013, Yale-NUS College has offered over 20 percent of its pioneering cohort scholarships and study awards so that students can pursue their ambitions and achieve their potential with peace of mind. Four students share how these scholarships and study awards have transformed their lives and their Yale-NUS experience...

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  • 18 September 2013: Banco Santander Establishes Scholarships

    With a gift of US$800,000, Banco Santander becomes the first international bank to be recognized as a founding benefactor of Yale-NUS College. The gift will support the Santander Scholarship and the Santander International Experience Scholarship at the College…

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  • 10 September 2013: Philosopher joins Yale-NUS as Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor

    Professor Jay Garfield, a leading scholar of philosophy, was named the inaugural Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College. Trained in Western philosophical thought, Professor Jay Garfield found his career and interest in non-Western philosophy by chance and circumstance and has not looked back since…

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  • 9 September 2013: Impact of philanthropy felt far and wide across Yale-NUS College

    By the time Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS), Singapore’s first liberal arts college, held its inauguration ceremony in late August, private gifts had already made an impact on both students and faculty…

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  • 2 May 2013: Growing up with a giving spirit

    Mr John Tan learnt about giving very early on in life. One of Mr Tan’s earliest memories was of writing checks for his father. The checks were often for societies for the blind or medically ill. Mr Tan’s father used to donate half his income every month to charitable causes. Today, Mr Tan is the...

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  • 1 February 2013: Philanthropy to empower promising students at Yale-NUS

    Jared Yeo, a politics buff, debater and Muay Thai enthusiast, is one of 150 students in Yale-NUS College’s pioneering cohort. Singapore’s first liberal arts college, which opens this August, has garnered strong interest from top performers worldwide…

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  • 21 November 2012: Stephen Riady Group of Foundations Pledges Support

    Dr Stephen Riady, President of the Lippo Group and Chairman of OUE Group, has pledged S$25 million in support of the NUS University Town (UTown) and Yale-NUS College.  The donation will come from the Stephen Riady Group of Foundations, which comprises 11 foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong…

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  • 11 October 2012: Yale-NUS College receives gift from Yale alumna and Duke-NUS professor

    She studied at Yale and is a faculty member at Duke-NUS so Assistant Professor Mara McAdams was quick to throw her support behind the upcoming Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts college…

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  • 10 September 2012: Keppel Makes Gifts through New Philanthropic Foundation

    The Keppel Group of Companies (Keppel) recently made four gifts to the National University of Singapore (NUS) in support of medicine, engineering, social work, NUS University Town and Yale-NUS College. This was announced at a fundraising concert held to launch Keppel Care Foundation to celebrate Keppel Offshore & Marine’s 10th anniversary...

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  • 6 August 2012: A Liberal Arts Education Receives Strong Support from Singapore’s Educational Community

    Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts college, received its first gift from an educational institution ahead of its official opening in 2013. Adding to the distinguished list of local foundations, families and trusts, as well as multi-national corporations is Yusof Ishak Secondary School (YISS)…

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  • 4 June 2012: Gifts Bring Asian Currency to Yale-NUS Liberal Arts Education

    More than a year before the opening of Yale-NUS College, Singapore’s first liberal arts campus, public and private organizations have already made commitments for student scholarships and Asian studies programs…

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  • 4 April 2012: Tan Chin Tuan Foundation boosts liberal arts learning

    Thanks to a S$5 million gift by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, a Professorship in China & Chinese Studies and a Program in Chinese Culture & Civilization for undergraduate students will be set up. These will offer cross-cultural teaching of Chinese and Western…

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  • 18 January 2012: NUS Honors Professor J Y Pillay

    The National University of Singapore (NUS) has honored renowned policy maker and corporate leader, Professor J Y Pillay through the establishment of two distinguished professorships, a fellowship and study award at Yale-NUS College…

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  • 13 May 2011: Prima Gift to Yale-NUS College will Support Scholarship

    Yale-NUS College receives a gift of S$1 million from Prima Limited Singapore. The gift, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s oldest flourmill, will be used to establish the Prima Scholarship at the College…

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