NUS Giving Report 2018-2019 - A Seed of Hope; A Garden of Plenty


The National University of Singapore (NUS) Giving Report 2018/19 brings to life heartwarming stories behind our donors’ support and the long-lasting impact of their generosity. Within its pages are stories of generosity, humanitarianism, and a strong conviction in the transformative power of education, healthcare and social mobility.

Your contributions enable NUS to boost our thought leadership, continue to make a mark in global research, and enable financially challenged students to reap the full benefits of their education in the University. It is through the generous support of organisations and individuals like you that ideas and dreams from our students, researchers and staff are able to take root and grow into fruitful endeavours.


Associate Professor Prateek Saxena 
The CRYSTAL Centre, NUS School of Computing 

Enabling Thought Leadership
The CRYSTAL (Cryptocurrency, Security, Tools and Algorithms) Centre is an academic research laboratory and think tank aiming to be at the forefront of blockchain research and technology. The Centre provides scientific clarity to technical ideas, enables more scientifically grounded debates, and anticipates new challenges as the technology continues to evolve through a new model of engagement with the community.

“Cryptocurrencies and blockchains are spurring an ecosystem of decentralised applications and innovative systems. There are many challenges faced by these spaces, from security and privacy issues to scaling implications for the ecosystem, and also fundamentals behind cryptocurrency pricing and economics. Our goal is to improve the interaction between those armed with intuition and those with scientific rigour. As a newly established think tank, we are very grateful to our initial sponsors, which include Ziliqa, NEO Global Capital, Quantstamp, Kyber Network, Tateru, Chainfund, the X-Order Institute and Polychain to help us achieve our goals.”


Ms Neo Lay Tin (’78)
Executive Director 
Children’s Cancer Foundation

Saving and Improving Lives
The Children’s Cancer Foundation Paediatric Oncology Fund for Research and Education was established at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. It aims to improve the cure rates and quality of treatment for children with cancer, thus bringing positive changes and joy to the children’s as well as their families’ lives.
“The Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) is committed to our mission of improving the quality of life of children and families affected by cancer through enhancing their emotional, social, and medical well-being. By supporting clinical trials and research in Car-T Cell Immunotherapy, CCF hopes to push the boundaries of paediatric cancer treatment to improve the survival rates and care of children with cancer.


Mr Assaad W Razzouk
NUS Medicine International Council (NIC)

Advancing Geriatric Care
Mr Razzouk made a gift towards ageing research and initiatives at NUS Medicine, where advances in understanding the biology of ageing and translating research discoveries into benefits for patients raise the bar for geriatric care in society.

“It is a privilege to be associated with a world-class university like NUS and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. It is important to support ageing research because ageing is a critical challenge for Singapore and Asia. One of the greatest successes of public health in the past decades was adding years to our lives. Our current challenge is ensuring that those added years are healthy and productive to society.”


Mr Edmund Lee 
Senior Country Officer for Singapore
J.P. Morgan

Upskilling for a Growing Economy
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation Mid-Career Professional Transition Program aims to transform the workforce with a comprehensive retraining strategy.

“At J.P. Morgan, we believe in empowering people to contribute to, and share in the rewards of, a growing economy. One of our priority areas in achieving this is a focus on jobs and skills, and we are partnering with NUS to provide displaced PMETs with the necessary reskilling and upskilling to stay relevant and employable. With our partnership, the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education will help retrain affected PMETs and place them in participating organisations under this Program.”


Mr Andrew Tan 
Chairman and Managing Director
TAK Products and Services Pte Ltd

Passing it On
The TAK Bursary is available to financially challenged students across faculties and schools of NUS. Without the worry of financial constraints, it is hoped that the recipients will be able to fully participate in their university life and internships. It is also hoped that they, as future working professionals, will pass on the kindness they have received.

“I have always had a passionate desire to assist needy students to get out of the poverty cycle. May all the recipients of the TAK Bursary be successful in society and may they reciprocate by assisting the needy and helping to shape a better tomorrow.”

Click here to read more stories in the NUS Giving Report 2018/2019.