The Annual Giving Appreciation Night 2022 celebrated future-making with donors and partners who have helped to seed opportunities for a brighter future.

NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye thanking guests in his opening address.

The future is filled with a myriad of exciting possibilities; but how the future materialises is shaped by the choices that we make today.  

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Annual Giving (AG) Appreciation Night 2022 was a celebration of future-making, and honoured donors and partners from NUS faculties, schools and halls of residences, for their unwavering commitment towards the AG campaign.

In his opening address, NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (’85) thanked every donor and partner, whose generosity has made it possible for NUS to support students who are in financial need, and enable them to access the transformative education experience at the University.

“It has been a joy to see the NUS community coming together in support of the Annual Giving campaign,” said Prof Tan. “Your contributions have empowered the University to seed opportunities today for a brighter tomorrow.”

Prof Tan emphasised the life-changing impact of financial aid on the lives of beneficiaries. He shared how the financial aid he received as a student enabled him to complete his university education smoothly. He also shared how other beneficiaries such as Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumna, Ms Yeoh Wan Qing (’20), were able to thrive and achieve their dreams, thanks to the generosity of others.

“Wan Qing and I are living testimonies of how financial aid uplifts and changes lives, and expands possibilities and pathways for recipients,” shared Prof Tan. He also highlighted the Enhanced Financial Aid Scheme launched by the University in 2022, with the aim of filling the financial gap for students who are most in need of support.

Ms Yeoh Wan Qing (’20) and Prof Tan Eng Chye.

“I want to thank all NUS donors for your generosity in supporting financially challenged students. It is only through your generosity that I, along with many of my peers and juniors, could have the chance to pursue our dreams without the worry of needing to support our families. With your support, I had the courage to dream a little bigger about the impact that I wanted to drive in the world,” expressed Ms Yeoh, who shared her story with the audience at the event. She is now a successful social entrepreneur and co-founder of Hatch, a social enterprise that aims to make digital and design accessible for everyone.   

(From left) Class Champion Dr Yeow Jiang (’22), NUS Graduate School – Integrative Sciences and Engineering Programme; Prof Tan Eng Chye; and Class Champion Ms Khin Yadanar (’22), Faculty of Law.

The event also celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Commencement Class Giving tradition in NUS. Every year, graduating classes come together to support their juniors. This strong spirit of solidarity was commemorated in a special lapel pin set prepared for every guest, featuring designs created by NUS students.

Prof Tan then recognised the commitment and exemplary efforts of Commencement Class Champions from the graduating class of 2022, who have rallied their peers and raised close to S$60,000 in support of students in financial need. Awards were presented to the top six Class Champions, and the top faculties, schools and halls of residence that achieved the highest participation rate amongst graduating students.  

(From left): Assoc Prof Wong Mun Loke, Acting Dean, Faculty of Dentistry; Prof Chong Yap Seng, Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; Prof Tan Eng Chye; Assoc Prof Victor Tan, Hall Master, Temasek Hall; and Prof Simon Chesterman, Dean, Faculty of Law.


Outstanding Achiever Award

Given to the top 3 Class Champions for the highest amounts raised:

  • Ms Khin YadanarFaculty of Law
  • Dr Yeow Jiang, NUS Graduate School –  Integrative Sciences and Engineering Programme
  • Mr Chiam Taw Cun, College of Design and Engineering

Given to the top 3 Class Champions for the highest amounts raised:

  • Mr Ahmad Zaki Bin Yazid, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Mr Tran Quang Thanh, College of Design and Engineering
  • Mr Jasper Tan Yi An, College of Design and Engineering

Top Achievement Award

Given to faculties/schools and halls of residence/residential college with the highest participation rates:

  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Temasek Hall

A vibrant and riveting dance performance by student dance group, NUS Funkstyles.

NUS alumna and Singapore songbird, Ms Joanna Dong (’04) performed three songs which captivated the audience.

The event ended on a high note with special performances by NUS student dance group, Funkstyles, and Singapore’s songbird, Ms Joanna Dong (’04), who candidly shared her own cherished memories of NUS before her performance.