Published on 31 May 2021

Encouraging diverse talent in the renewable energy industry

From Academic Year 2021, two female undergraduates within NTU’s College of Engineering and the Asian School of the Environment will receive annual scholarships of US$10,000 each for the duration of their degree.

VENUS programme agreement signing ceremony(Front row, from left) Vena Energy CEO Mr Nitin Apte and NTU Vice President for University Advancement Ms Lien Siaou-Sze at the VENUS programme agreement signing ceremony. (Photo credit: Vena Energy)

To support females interested in choosing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles in the renewable energy industry, the University has partnered with Vena Energy to launch the Vena Energy Women Undergraduate Sponsorship (“VENUS”) programme. 

The programme, open to female undergraduates from year one through three, will provide educational opportunities and promote scholastic excellence for eligible students pursuing STEM degrees in NTU’s College of Engineering and Asian School of the Environment.

Two students will be selected to each receive a sponsorship valued at US$10,000 per year for the duration of their degree and the opportunity for an internship with Vena Energy.

The agreement signing ceremony was held on 27 April at Vena Energy’s headquarters in Singapore, with Mr Nitin Apte, Chief Executive Officer of Vena Energy, and Ms Lien Siaou-Sze, Vice President, University Advancement, in attendance.

“We believe that diversity and inclusion foster enhanced creativity, collaboration, and perspectives which allow us to provide solutions to decarbonise our economy and accelerate the energy transition across the Asia-Pacific,” said Mr Nitin Apte, Chief Executive Officer, Vena Energy. “Through the VENUS program, we hope to have a more inclusive renewable energy industry that contributes to the fight against climate change across the region.”

NTU has recently launched POWERS, a programme that encourages more women to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Ms Lien Siaou-Sze, Vice President, University Advancement, said: “We thank Vena Energy for their gift that will help empower young women to become active leaders of tomorrow in STEM fields. The VENUS programme strengthens NTU’s commitment to nurture a diverse and inclusive community, and will be instrumental in developing future talents who will effectively contribute towards humanity’s grand challenges of renewable energy and climate change. We are grateful for Vena Energy’s support in helping the University scale new heights and shape the next generation of women scientists and engineers”.