Published on 11 Nov 2022

U Roundup

NTU strengthens ties with Rwanda

In a public lecture in NTU on 30 September 2022, Rwandan President Paul Kagame talked about the country’s developments and its relevance to Singapore. One reason for its meteoric rise and continued growth, said President Kagame, is prioritising innovation in technology. NTU and Rwanda’s Ministry of Education are working on education, training and research opportunities for Rwandan postgraduate students and professionals at NTU. President Kagame and NTU President Prof Subra Suresh also planted a Tamarind tree on campus to mark the visit.

Among the world's elites

The results are in. NTU has catapulted 10 places to 36th spot in Times Higher Education’s list of top universities. The university has also risen three spots to 30th in the world, according to US News & World Report. NTU is second to Harvard University in terms of the number of subjects ranked number one globally, with five subjects, namely Materials Science, Physical Chemistry, Energy and Fuels, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Condensed Matter Physics.

Formula for the future

NTU has officially launched the School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CCEB). Jointly set up by the Colleges of Engineering and Science, the school is the first of its kind and was created as part of the NTU 2025 strategic plan to equip students for interdisciplinary challenges of the future. This follows the introduction of an interdisciplinary common core curriculum for all first-year undergraduates which covers topics like digital literacy, communication and inquiry, and ethics.

More aid for medical research and education

Doctors-in-training from financially disadvantaged families at NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will receive more aid following a S$5 million gift from global venture capital firm GGV Capital. The newly established fund will provide additional support for up to 150 students from Years 1 to 5, and help up to 120 students defray expenses, such as the purchase of reference materials, learning aids and scrubs. 

A separate donation has also been made to the School’s new Centre for Microbiome Medicine research facility to further microbiome research. With a S$2.5 million gift, siblings Petrina Leong, Sandy Leong, and Jimmy Leong have established the Madam Wang Lee Wah Memorial Fund, named after their late mother.

A gift for Humanities students

Accomplished author Tham Yew Chin, better known by her pen name You Jin, has given back to her alma mater
with a book donation to the NTU Chinese Library. Her husband, James Lim, made a donation of S$500,000 to start
the You Jin Education Endowment Fund. With government matching, the total amount raised is S$1.25 million. This
will go towards the establishment of awards, a scholarship and a bursary for NTU humanities students. Madam Tham

studied Chinese language and literature at the then Nanyang University and graduated in 1973 as the top student.

Green thumbs up

It was all hands on deck as National Development Minister Desmond Lee, NTU Board Chair Ms Goh Swee Chen, professors and students turned out in full force to plant 100 trees on the NTU Smart Campus in August 2022. Led by student environmental club Earthlink NTU, eight species of rare native trees, including the critically endangered Palaquium gutta and the paper bark tree, which is presumed to be nationally extinct in the wild, were planted along Nanyang Avenue. Apart from contributing to climate resilience and liveability, this also supported NParks’ nationwide initiative to plant a million trees by 2030.


This article first appeared in issue 2 of U, the NTU alumni magazine.