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Master's Message

Dear students,

We are delighted about you joining the PH family, or "PHam", in short. On behalf of the entire residential team at Pioneer House (PH), I would like to extend a warm welcome to you.

Here in PH, we hope to inspire and encourage all residents on the following:

Build a Connected Community

PH promotes a familial and inclusive environment for residents. Your significant networks and micro-cultures manifesting within PH will create unique living experience for everyone.

In PH, we have a unique eco-system of providing proactive pastoral care and support through the Pastoral Care Teams (PCTs). I encourage you to have regular engagements with your respective Block Resident Fellows, Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors/Cluster Leaders, and to build good relationships with your fellow cluster mates. 

In addition, do participate actively in the wide variety of House activities offered here, which I believe will greatly enrich your experience of staying on campus.

Build a Civic-minded Culture

For a community to thrive and succeed, shared values among its members are critical and I would like for us, in particular, to be considerate and kind towards self and others.

Be mindful to observe Quiet Hours (i.e. 11pm to 7am) and show consideration to your fellow residents by not making any noises in and around the House during the stipulated timing.

Please help to maintain the cleanliness and upkeep of shared spaces such as Cluster Kitchens, toilets and study rooms.

Do extend help to your fellow residents when they are in need, and always choose to be a peacekeeper.

Build a Compassionate Character 

In keeping with our theme of Frugality and Sustainable Living, I would like to encourage residents to consider how we can make a difference to our community and contribute meaningfully to the society.

For instance, a simple act of switching off the lights and air-cons before you leave the shared meeting rooms/lounge can go a long way to reduce carbon emissions and help protect the environment. Another example would be to use eco-friendly lunch boxes and utensils when you go to purchase your take-away meals. 

Beyond such initiatives, residents can also contribute in various community engagements through PHolunteers, our very own volunteering interest group. As we emerge from the pandemic, we will also be resuming overseas community involvement trips in which residents are encouraged to participate in.

Lastly, I sincerely hope to meet each one of you during the Dining-with-Master (DwM) sessions. These sessions are conducted weekly for every cluster whereby we (Master and Resident Fellows) get to engage with residents and to hear from the ground. We wish to reach out to everyone and for nobody to be left behind.

Looking forward to connecting with you.


Dr. Prahlad Vadakkepat,

Associate Professor and Master of Pioneer House, NUS.

Tel: 66016371; Email: