In honour of eminent policymaker and corporate leader Prof J Y Pillay, NUS introduced new initiatives through a S$12.9 million gift from corporate and private donors led by Singapore Airlines and Singapore Exchange. The initiatives include the J Y Pillay Global-Asia Programme at Yale-NUS College comprising two distinguished professorships, a fellowship and a bursary, as well as the J Y Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre and a fellowship at the NUS Global Asia Institute.
NUS and Temasek Foundation (TF) jointly launched the TF-NUS Programme for Leadership in University Management to provide a platform for Asian university leaders to discuss issues and share experiences related to university governance and management.
The Department of Political Science celebrated its 50th year with eminent alumnus and Ambassador-at-Large Prof Chan Heng Chee, and some 250 students, alumni and faculty.
NUS clinched the prestigious Building and Construction Authority Green Mark Champion Award, the first educational institution to attain the honour. The award recognises the University's strong commitment and efforts towards corporate social responsibility and outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability.
The Centre for Translational Medicine was officially opened by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean. The Centre, spanning 41,500 square metres and 15-storeys high, is an integrated facility dedicated to the scientific inquiry, teaching and preparation of medical and nursing undergraduates for the healthcare challenges faced by Singapore.
Former Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Mr S R Nathan was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by NUS Chancellor President Tony Tan at Commencement 2012 for his distinctive service to NUS and the community. Mr Nathan has contributed significantly to the development and nation-building of Singapore, playing key roles in social service development, security and foreign affairs, assuming leadership positions in various ministries including Defence, Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs.
Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong graced the groundbreaking ceremony of Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS), with over 200 guests in attendance. The Yale-NUS campus will feature an East-meets-West setting, integrating academic, intellectual, social, athletic and artistic life. Its residential colleges, conceived as a "social home", will house both students and faculty.
The Department of Social Work celebrated its 60th anniversary with former Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Mr S R Nathan, students, faculty, alumni and representatives from the social work community. The celebration saw a series of activities held, including a symposium on social work education and practice, the launch of the S R Nathan Professorship in Social Work to promote social work education and encourage research on social development, poverty and asset building, and the unveiling of the commemorative book Ebb and Flow: 60 years of Social Work Education in Singapore.
As part of NUS' Tropical Marine Science Institute's 10th anniversary celebration, some 200 visitors were treated to a close encounter with marine life at its laboratory on St John's Island. The event showcased varied research work on marine life such as algae, coral and giant clams, as well as lectures on marine bacteria.
The NUS Bukit Timah Campus was among the five conservation sites to be presented with the Architectural Heritage Awards 2012 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore. The award recognised NUS' efforts in adhering to the quality restoration principles of maximum retention, sensitive restoration and careful repair of its buildings which are listed as national monuments.
The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific of NUS and the Kühne Foundation, a public-benefit organisation based in Switzerland, jointly established the Kühne Foundation – NUS Education Centre for Humanitarian Logistics Asia Pacific, a first in Asia. Based in Singapore, the Centre will conduct standardised and advanced supply chain management courses and research into best practices and perspectives in a humanitarian context.
Yale-NUS unveiled two new degree programmes – a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)–Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Double Degree Programme jointly offered by Yale-NUS and the Faculty of Law, and a concurrent degree programme jointly offered by Yale-NUS and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where students will graduate with a Yale-NUS Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, and a Master of Environmental Science or Environmental Management degree from Yale.
In honour of the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo, wife of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding Prime Minister, the NUS Faculty of Law has established a series of initiatives which include the Kwa Geok Choo Professorship in Property Law, Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitors Programme, Kwa Geok Choo Bursaries, and Kwa Geok Choo Graduate Scholarships. The initiatives have received generous financial support from corporations and law firms which amounted to approximately S$5.6 million, with the government matching the donation with another S$5.1 million.
The Faculty of Engineering introduced a new Aerospace Systems Initiative to groom engineers for the aerospace industry. Under the faculty's Design-Centric Programme, the initiative allows students to choose one of the two learning components offered: the Satellite Systems Design or the Aerospace Synthetic Aperture Radar Systems Design.
The Faculty of Law set up the Centre for Asian Legal Studies to lead research on Asian law. It represents a major thrust in the Faculty's strategy as Asia's Global Law School, in view of the growing importance of legal developments in Asia to the entire world.
NUS and Dutch research institute Deltares inked a Cooperation Agreement to form NUSDeltares, a water research alliance to look into areas such as urban water management, adaptation to climate change, operational management systems as well as hazards, risks and their mitigation. The alliance will also pursue specialist consultancy services in Southeast Asia and develop a network of collaborators and offer on-the-job-training, short courses or degree programmes.
NUS and Carl Zeiss, a leading company in the optical and opto-electronic industries, established the Zeiss Microscopy Lab at the University. The first of its kind in Asia, the facility houses state-of-the-art Zeiss microscopy equipment to further research in areas such as materials and bioscience.
The Faculty of Science launched a $15 million Micro and Nano-Fabrication facility as part of the Graphene Research Centre. A first in Asia that is dedicated to graphene research, the facility will focus on experiments on graphene and explore new uses for the material.
NUS signed an agreement with China's Zhejiang University and the Media Development Authority of Singapore to launch the Sensor-enhanced Social Media Centre which will focus on research in interactive and digital media and social media applications.
The University received approximately S$40 million in gifts in support of scholarships and bursaries. Key contributors included Mrs Alice Tan, Professor Ian Peter Windle through the MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund, Mdm Kay Kuok, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, Parkway Pantai Limited, Tote Board, and the Sunlin & Priscilla Chou Foundation.
The University received over S$11 million in gifts in support of Professorships. Key donors included Keppel Care Foundation, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Mr Sat Pal Khattar ('66), Singapore Press Holdings Limited, Tote Board and Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.
The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM) received a S$25 million gift from the Yong Loo Lin Trust to work with the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore to develop new models of cancer care through research and education.
YLLSoM also received S$19.5 million from Siemens Medical Instruments Pte Ltd to support the Master of Science (Audiology), including the establishment of the Centre for Hearing, Speech and Balance in partnership with the National University Health System Pte Ltd.
The Lee Foundation made total gifts in excess of S$12 million to various causes at NUS. In recognition of one of their gifts, the plaza connecting the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, University Cultural Centre and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music will be named the Alice Lee Plaza. The Plaza will be a focal point of the new and vibrant cultural and heritage hub at the University.
NUS received S$4.2 million from the Keppel Care Foundation. Programmes at the University supported by the Foundation's gift include the Keppel-NUS Vietnam Programme in Medicine to advance medical education between YLLSoM, Hanoi Medical University and Vietnam Military Medical University; the Keppel Chair Professorship to promote ocean, marine and offshore technology; the Toh Chin Chye Programmes, and the S R Nathan Professorship in Social Work.