$11 million gift from the Estate of Irene Tan Liang Kheng

​​NTU receives $11 million gift to further medical education and healthcare research

13 August 2018

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) will be receivng an $11 million gift from the Estate of Irene Tan Liang Kheng to further medical education and research in healthcare.

At a signing ceremony on 13 August 2018, the gift was formalised between NTU President Subra Suresh and the Trustee of the Estate and nephew of Irene Tan Liang Kheng, Mr Tan Hsuan Heng at NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine).

"This is an investment in the future of young minds and the betterment of the human condition that will see ever-growing returns for years to come," said Professor Suresh. In recognition of the generous gift, he unveiled the 500-seat Ong Tiong Tat and Irene Tan Liang Kheng Auditorium, named in honour of the late philanthropic couple.

The gift will go into establishing the following at NTU:

(1) The Irene Tan Liang Kheng Scholarship to support LKCMedicine in providing more opportunities to deserving Singaporean students with financial difficulties.

(2) Two chair professorships, the Irene Tan Liang Kheng Chair Professorship in Neuroscience to support research into neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorder, and the Ong Tat Chair Professorship in Diabetes Research to support research into neuroscience and mental health, in line with the Singapore government’s call for a war on diabetes.

(3) A Serious Games Grant at the gAmes for heaLth InnoVations cEntre (ALIVE) to support collaborative research between LKCMedicine and the National Healthcare Group into serious games that aim to benefit public healthcare in Singapore and the region.

At the ceremony, Mr Tan shared, "My aunt and uncle... strongly believed in the value of education and, hence, they have chosen to donate to this worthy cause."

LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best highlighted the gift’s significance to the school's research and academic excellence. He said, "We strive to transform healthcare through excellent translational research and this funding for two of our major research areas will significantly extend our capability."

In total, the endowment fund was raised to $22 million after matching by the Singapore government.

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