On 12th August 2022, the accomplished author and NTU Singapore alumna Madam Tham Yew Chin – better known by her pen name You Jin – and her husband Mr James Jit Teng Lim made a gift of S$500,000 to Department of Chinese, School of Humanities, NTU for the purpose of nurturing Chinese talents and encouraging students’ creative writing in Chinese. Mr James Jit Teng Lim donated S$500,000 to start You Jin Education Endowment Fund. With government matching, the total amount raised is S$1.25 million. Madam Tham also donated her full collection of 206 books to the NTU Chinese Library. The gift signing and book donation ceremony was witnessed by Ms Low Yen Ling, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Trade and Industry.
From the left: Prof Neil Murphy, Prof Joseph Liow, Ms Chen Yufei, Madam You Jin, Mr James Lim, Ms Low Yen Ling, Ms Lien Siaou-Sze, Ms Caroline Pang, Assoc Prof Qu Jingyi, Ms Jacintha Lim, Mr Ivan Lim, Mr Tee Ah Heng.
左起： Neil Murphy教授, 廖振扬教授，陈郁菲女士，尤今女士，林日胜先生，刘燕玲部长，连萧思副校长、冯叔玲女士，曲景毅副教授，林可君女士，林方德先生，郑雅兴先生。
In the beginning, Prof Neil Murphy, Chair of School of Humanities, delivered the opening remarks. He expressed his gratitude to Madam You Jin and Mr James Lim’s generous donation represented School of Humanities and introduced the development of Department of Chinese and the creative writing program. In addition to two merit awards, a scholarship and two awards under a bursary, You Jin Education Endowment Fund will especially encourage students’ creative writing and publication in Chinese. A collection of students’ literary works will be published every two years, with prizes awarded to the most outstanding author.
仪式伊始， Neil Murphy教授致开幕辞。Neil Murphy教授代表人文学院感谢林日胜先生与尤今老师的慷慨捐赠，并介绍学院中文系及创意写作课程的发展。“尤今教育基金”在奖学金、助学金以外，着重鼓励华文的创作与出版，将每两年出版一辑学生们的文学作品，对其中最杰出的作者颁发最佳创作奖金。
Ms Lien Siaou-Sze, Vice President of University Advancement, delivered speech on the necessity of collective effort to develop Chinese culture and language in the context of multicultural and bilingual policy in Singapore. She highlighted the importance of improving understanding of Chinese language and its cultural origin among young people, which ensures that Chinese culture is passed on as a part of multiculturalism. As the first lecture of “Self-Planting of Spiritual Roots: Singapore Chinese Culture Lecture Series”, she believed Madam You Jin’s lecture will provide young people with inspiration and enlightenment.
Mr James Jit Teng Lim, Donor of the You Jin Education Endowment Fund, Director of Lee Kim Tah Foundation and Member of Ipoh ACS Alumni Association, gave a speech sharing the journey of the establishment of the endowment fund. He recalled how his family had economic difficulties at an early age and how he and his siblings were fortunate to receive scholarships to pursue further studies. His wife, Madam You Jin, has made remarkable contributions to education in Chinese language in Singapore, and her more than 200 books are well known in Chinese literature circles in Singapore and overseas. She won the Cultural Medallion award in 2009 and was awarded Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award in 2016. Therefore, he deeply believed that the best way to alleviate poverty is through education. He hopes the endowment fund will encourage more young people to pursue Chinese studies and make valuable contributions, as well as inspire more donors to contribute to educational institutions for the development of the next generation in Singapore.
Madam You Jin, distinguished local writer, Nantah Alumna, Donor of “You Jin’s Literary World” book donation, addressed a speech that recalled the profound influence of her four years of study at Nanyang University on her literary composition. She believed in the importance of reading for writing as her motto goes. Thus, she hopes the book donation will provide some nourishment for students’ studies. Madam You Jin donated 206 books – including novels, travelogues, essays, and biographies published in Singapore and China to the NTU Chinese Library.
Finally, witnessed by Ms Low Yen Ling, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr James Jit Teng Lim and Ms Lien Siaou-Sze finished the agreement signing ceremony of You Jin Education Endowment Fund.
Ms Low Yen Ling witnessed the You Jin Education Endowment Fund, Gift Sign & Book Donation Ceremony
Media Features 媒体报道汇总
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