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Gateway to Greater Equality
We have come a long way since the days when females were a minority in the classroom. Today, more girls are attending school than ever before — indeed, in some countries, the gender balance at the higher education level is even tipped in their favour with more young women than young men enrolling in universities.

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Mastering the Mechanics of Giving
Reading has always played a big part in Professor Phua Kok Khoo’s life. Growing up, he was a self-declared 'bookish' child, who was constantly surrounded by hefty tomes of the written word. Interestingly, some of these were penned by his father — a writer, poet, publisher and key office-bearer at the Ngee Ann Kongsi and Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan — and his father's friends on the literary scene.

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Levelling the Playing Field
For all the talk about education as a social leveller, the education landscape itself today is constantly evolving. The question then, is how we navigate through uneven terrain in a way such that nobody is left behind. Of late, this conversation has shifted to spotlight the challenges of differently abled students and their needs. Needs which extend far beyond physical accessibility and being able to provide for them in the system.

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From Classroom Candy Salesman to NTU Undergrad
For as long as I can remember, adversity has plagued my life. When I was born, instead of my parents celebrating my birth, they struggled to express their joy as I was diagnosed with a severe medical condition. As an infant, I was hospitalised for weeks, leaving a hefty medical bill that took a toll on my parents financially.

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A Seed of Hope for Students in Need
It can often be easy to take for granted the wealth of opportunities accessible to many of us on a regular basis. For some, however, opportunities that are available to their peers may happen to lie just beyond their reach. Such is the reality for financially-disadvantaged students hoping to further their learning journey through platforms such as overseas exchanges and internships.

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Helping a Devoted Daughter Follow in her Father’s Footsteps
My dad used to work in the electrical industry. Being the sole breadwinner then, he sacrificed his sleep and worked for long hours to provide for the family, neglecting his health in the process. Sadly, my dad passed away from lung cancer during the year I sat for my 'O' Level examinations.

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Empowering Women
Having worked in several technology-related roles before earning her Master of Science in Knowledge Management in 2009 at NTU, Threat Intelligence Analyst Ms Angela Wu Peihui noticed a distinct lack of women among her colleagues and peers. Wanting to see more females in the STEM fields — the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the 36-year-old alumna started a term bursary.

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Extending a Helping Hand
While studying at NTU's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mr Alfred Lee witnessed some of his peers drop out of university due to financial difficulties. He became determined to make a difference after graduation. "I found that to be such a pity," says Mr Lee. "I remember thinking if I could prevent that from happening — and help the students to continue their education — I would."

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S$5 million gift from Vingroup gives rise to graduate scholarships
Vietnam's leading private conglomerate, Vingroup, has made a S$5 million gift to NTU to establish scholarships for students who are pursuing a PhD or Master's degree in the areas of science, technology and engineering. Slightly more than half of the Vingroup Graduate Scholarship Fund will be distributed over seven years to provide scholarships as well as an endowed fund to support the scholarships in perpetuity.

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One Enchanted Evening
On 7 November 2019 at the Raffles Town Club, a night of revelry unfolded when business and community partners took the chance to engage in animated conversation over a sumptuous spread. Hosted by NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, the event was held in appreciation of BCP’s hard work and support towards the University since the programme’s establishment in 2011.

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Shanghai Insider
Studying and working abroad delivers invaluable experiences for people. Unfortunately, not every student has the financial means to pursue this opportunity — and this is precisely the support that the Ng Bok Eng Scholarship seeks to provide.

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Paying It Forward
As a scholarship recipient when she was at NTU's School of Biological Sciences, Ms Nai Rui Si received an allowance in addition to the full subsidy of her university tuition fees. After learning that about one in five students in NTU was in financial need, Ms Nai decided to do her part.

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Naming Ceremony of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Building and Tan Lark Sye Walk
The Naming Ceremony of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Building (SHHK Building) and Tan Lark Sye Walk was held on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 4.30 pm. The event was held in recognition of and to honour the lasting support and generosity of the SHHK and the late Mr Tan Lark Sye towards the founding of Nanyang University.

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A Commitment to the Committed
Academic medals are usually simply awards that recognise students for their scholastic excellence. But there is a different dimension to the Koh Tai Ann Gold Medal. Established by the NTU English Division in 2008 to celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of Honours students in English Literature in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, it does not simply look at academic results.

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Backing a Cause
The fruits of generosity often manifest in myriad ways, empowering the beneficiaries to change their lives. Gifted by the late philanthropist and prominent business leader Mr Kwek Leng Joo, the CoLab4Good Fund is one example which supports NTU student-initiated projects, making a positive and meaningful impact on the community.

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Visit to NTU Singapore by the Lee Wee Nam Family
The Market Place @ North Spine and the Lee Wee Nam Library were abuzz with excitement during the visit by the family and descendants of the Late Mr Lee Wee Nam, a local philanthropist and business leader and a prominent figure in the business community.

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Closing Ceremony of Teaching Leadership for 21st Century Education at NIE
Last Thursday, 29 August, marked the completion of the inaugural "Teaching Leadership for 21st Century Education" training programme. The participants are the winners and short-listed candidates of the Mohamed bin Zayed (MbZ) for Best Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) Teacher Awards.

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Diving into the Ride-hailing World
Studying and working abroad delivers invaluable experiences for people. Unfortunately, not every student has the financial means to pursue this opportunity — and this is precisely the support that the Ng Bok Eng Scholarship seeks to provide. Open to financially-needy NTU undergraduates, it helps students to defray their expenditure for their overseas exchange programmes.

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Ling Dang Literature Prize Gift Agreement Signing Ceremony
The Ling Dang Literature Prize was established by Dr Sun Xia with a generous gift of S$200,000 on Saturday, 3 August 2019. It will be awarded to winners of published literary works in genres of poetry, essay and fiction.

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Ahead of the Pack
In August 2018, NTU announced the creation of 50 new named faculty chair professorships as part of an initiative to recognise outstanding achievement at early, mid-career and senior faculty levels.  Profiled below are six of them, all trailblazers in their own right working to solve some of our biggest problems today.

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Inaugural NTU President's Charity Golf Cup
The inaugural NTU President’s Charity Golf Cup (PCGC) was held at The Singapore Island Country Club. PCGC brought together the University's different business and community partners and acknowledged their invaluable charitable support through an exciting day on the green.

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Singapore BIGO Technology Donates Scholarship Fund valued at $500,000
BIGO Technology has generously created the BIGO Excellence Scholarship Fund for Nanyang Technological University, School of Computer Science and Engineering and School of Data Science and AI.

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NBS Equal Opportunity Fund
Wednesday, 24 April, was the launch of the new NBS Equal Opportunity Fund. The fund allows NBS students to gain the support they need to participate in overseas exchanges or internships and in international case competitions and community projects.

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NTU receives $4 million gift to advance teacher education
This gift goes towards setting up an endowment for scholarships and grants to support student-teachers and teaching innovations at National Institute of Education.

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Giving Back with Heart
2018 was a momentous year for the NTU Buddhist Society Alumni (NTUBSA) — it marked the 35th anniversary of the NTU Buddhist Society (NTUBS), the 25th anniversary of NTUBSA and 15th anniversary of the Little Bodhi Study Care Centre (LBSCC), a non-profit volunteer welfare organisation that was established by NTUBSA.

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NTU Singapore receives S$9m boost to attract top young scientists from Swedish universities
This gift will be used to establish a new postdoctoral fellowship programme where some of Sweden’s most outstanding young scientists will spend two years at NTU Singapore to conduct postdoctoral research.

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NTU receives $11 million gift to further medical education and healthcare research
The University received an $11 million gift from the Estate of Irene Tan Liang Kheng to further medical education and research in healthcare.

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Learning from the Chair
Prof George Augustine was named the inaugural Irene Tan Liang Kheng Chair Professor in Neuroscience on 13 August 2018, the same day NTU held a formal signing ceremony to set up the Irene Tan Liang Kheng Memorial Fund. The role sees him spearheading LKCMedicine's research thrust in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.

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NTU receives S$16.4 million for its Wallenberg-NTU Fellowship
This donation by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the biggest private financier of research in Sweden, is the largest single gift in perpetuity by a foreign entity to NTU.

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Indian tech billionaire gives S$4 million to NTU for Smart City research
Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman of Axilor Ventures, co-founder and former CEO of Indian IT giant Infosys, makes a historic gift of S$4 million to support postdoctoral and student research activities at NTU.

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Joining Faculty Club No Longer a Dream
Before getting a bursary, Sharavana Thevan had to take on a few jobs to help support his family. His father was severely ill while his mother, the sole breadwinner, was getting old. The family struggled to pay the household and medical bills.

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(Pre) Diabetes Inflammation Test Kit
Diagnosing inflammation in diabetics only requires one drop of blood and a few minutes, thanks to researchers from NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

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NTU receives S$11.9m boost to develop Singapore wealth management expertise
The Temasek Wealth Management Endowment seeks to enhance Singapore’s finance and wealth management industries through talent development, thought leadership, industry insight, and knowledge sharing through mentorship and community building via a trusted network.

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A High-tech Simulator to Manage Crowded Skies
The new simulator helps airports optimise its flight capacity. Effective air traffic and airport management is more crucial than ever to manage increasingly crowded skies.​

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A Satellite That Can Remain in Space Twice as Long as Usual
Singapore's first satellite launched from the International Space Station conducted tests to evaluate the durability of commercial off-the-shelf microprocessors in space, including a micro-propulsion system, consumer-grade electronic components and a wireless communication system.

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Leading the Charge in Providing Clean Energy
This facility, Southeast Asia’s first maritime energy testbed, is dedicated to conducting R&D on clean fuels, fuel additives that increase energy efficiency, and technologies for cleaner emissions.

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The Stalwart Resolution of Stewart Retnam
One of the 54 top students forming the inaugural intake for Singapore’s newest medical school jointly set up by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London, Stewart Retnam was awarded the LKCMedicine Scholarship in 2013. The tuition fees would have put considerable strain on the family's finances had it not been for the scholarship.

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Helped by the Kindness of Others
Jason Poh had to start work immediately after completing his ‘O’ levels. His plan was to work until he was enlisted into the army, and if he earned enough, consider tertiary education.

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Turning Gratitude into Action
Mr Daniel Chew's gifts fund up to four bursary awards for financially-challenged students at the Nanyang Business School every academic year. As a former bursary and scholarship recipient himself, he knows first-hand how important such help is for those who do not have the financial means to pursue their educational dreams.

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2-in-1 Biomarker Detects and Treats Cancer
A nanosphor particle - ten times smaller than a grain of sand - highlights tumour cells and treats the disease with drugs at the same time. This biomarker can potentially allow for smaller, targeted doses, leading to fewer side effects.

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Smart Chip Tells You How Healthy Your Battery Is
This smart chip the size of a fingernail promises to optimise battery charging process, extend lifespan of batteries, and reduce the risk of them getting overheated.

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Rise of the Machine
This social robot has her own personality, mood and emotions. She can be happy or sad, depending on the conversation. She also has a good memory, recognises the people she has met, and remembers what the person has said before.

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Window to the Future
The technology can adjust the amount of sunlight coming into buildings in the day, which promises energy savings from the outset and over the long term​.

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Learning without Limits in Crystal Clear Skies
Under the Lee Foundation University Scholars Programme (USP), Crystal Lim has various opportunities to explore interdisciplinary academic programmes, as well as to immerse in intercultural experiences.

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Man with a Mission
Fourth-year medical student Joseph Wong comes from a single-parent family made up of his mother and brother. Joseph’s father left the family during his A-Level period and stopped supporting them financially. Joseph’s mother sells clothes at a rented stall in a hawker centre.

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A Million Thanks, Von!
The award-winning developer may be building internationally-lauded landmarks, but Mr Von Lee still finds the time to establish a bursary fund for financially needy students at his alma mater.

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Beating Cancer with Bubble Technology
Bubble technology may well be the next cancer treatment breakthrough for patients. The first of its kind, drug particles can be delivered directly to a specific tumour in milliseconds, without damaging healthy cells.

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Managing Drone Traffic
This new system will provide a safe and efficient management of drone traffic in the urban airspace​​.

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A Glue That Works on Wet Surfaces
By tweaking the voltage applied, the hardness of the glue can be customised for potential application in fields ranging from medicine to construction.

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Driving into the Future with Driverless Buses
The bus of the future may well be electric-hybrid vehicles that can be charged at the bus depot or bus stop. There are plans to trial the “green bus”, ferrying commuters between Pioneer MRT and NTU.

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Han Suyin Scholarship (in Translation Studies)
The Han Suyin scholarship recipient says pursuing a minor in translation has given her the chance to 'relearn' languages.

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A Burden Lightened
Ng Shi Yun works on weekends to bolster the family income and to finance the study loan she took in polytechnic.

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Investing in the Future
The former scholarship holder read about how an alumnus, who was also of Indonesian descent, made a S$50,000 donation to the University and became inspired to do likewise.

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Laboratory Equipment Built at a Fraction of the Cost
Cheaper, lighter, and mobile, new diagnostic lab equipment built by a group of NTU students could help rescue teams deliver faster, efficient assistance at disaster situations.

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Handbook of Terrorism in the Asia Pacific
The book provides a historical overview of terrorism in the Asia–Pacific, the evolution of threat, and the present threat faced by countries with the rise of the Islamic State.

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Now You See It, Now You Don't
The technology enables small objects and animals seem to vanish from sight in daylight – even making them undetectable to surveillance devices such as thermal cameras and night vision goggles.

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Blending Form, Function – and the Future
This solar-powered light sculpture brings together art and technology to engineer our environment and create new human experiences in a sustainable way.​

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Working part-time to help his family came at the cost of other valuable university experiences for Nigel Tan. He had to quit the Rotaract Club in his freshman year because it was difficult juggling work, studies and extracurricular activities.

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Neural Implants Go Wireless
Patients with prosthetics and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s can soon see a dramatic improvement in their lives, thanks to a little chip. When paired with neural implants, the chip can enable wireless transmission of brain signals.

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Initiative to Keep Cyber Risk in Check
Its goal is to facilitate new areas of research in cyber risk, security and insurance at NTU’s Nanyang Business School (NBS). It will also recommend policies to the Singapore government on advanced cyber risk protection and prevention.

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Taking Laser Cooling to a New Low
The breakthrough in laser cooling technology may lead to the development of self-cooling computer chips, which could prolong battery life of portable devices like smartphones and replace compressors and coolants in air-conditioning.

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Energy Savings with an Algorithm
By combining software algorithm with hardware sensors, the air flow and temperature of a room can be determined, preventing an oversupply of cooling.

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A Garden for All
Home to more than 300 species of tropical plants and herbs with medicinal properties, this herb garden which is open to the public has benefitted people from all walks of life, from researchers to chefs.

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Cyborg Beetles: Hope for Future Search-and-rescue Missions
The development of a remote-controlled beetle could well spell a breakthrough in future search-and-rescue missions at disaster sites and surveillance situations.

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Re-purposing Soy Bean Residue for Yeast Cultivation
Researchers have found a way to slash the cost of producing yeast – a key ingredient in baking, beer making, and vaccine production. This saves 30,000kg of soy bean residue from going to waste in Singapore every year.

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