News Details | 23-Aug-2012

Cargill makes a gift of S$2.5 million to NTU to establish the Cargill China Leadership Endowment Fund

Cargill has made a gift of S$2.5 million (about US$ 2 million) to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to establish the 'Cargill China Leadership Endowment Fund'.  Cargill’s donation is matched dollar-for-dollar by the Singapore government, which brings the total fund to S$5 million (US$ 4 million).

The endowed gift will be used to support, in perpetuity, NTU's China Leadership Programmes run by the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA).
The programmes focus on enhancing the knowledge and expertise of government officials from China in international development and public administration.

The fund will create annual scholarship awards for postgraduate students of NCPA's Master of Science in Managerial Economics (MME) or Master in Public Administration (MPA), widely known as the "Mayors’ Class". Each scholarship covers the full tuition fees for the Masters studies at NCPA. Students enrolled into the MME and MPA programmes are nominated by the Chinese government and the final selection of participants is made by NTU following a rigorous admissions process.

The fund can also be used to support NCPA's executive training programmes which are attended by senior government officials, and advancement programmes such as public lectures, conferences or workshops to increase the knowledge of Chinese leaders.

Bram Klaeijsen, president and regional director for Cargill Asia Pacific, said: "As China continues to transform itself, building and enhancing leadership capacity will remain essential. The Cargill China Leadership Endowment Fund will provide Chinese government officials the opportunity to pursue overseas training opportunities in international development and public administration. Our goal is to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable development of China."

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said: "We are delighted that Cargill has selected NTU as their partner. Students in the China Leadership Programmes will have opportunities to conceptualise and implement innovative solutions that address some of the world's biggest challenges such as pollution, healthcare, urban infrastructure, ageing population and social security. These are also problems that China faces. They will learn from NTU's expertise in science, engineering, communications, policy-making, business and entrepreneurship."

Klaeijsen added: "We are proud to be a partner of NTU's China Leadership Programmes. Run by its well respected Nanyang Centre for Public
Administration, it is a highly regarded choice for overseas training programmes for Chinese officials."

Since 1992, more than 12,000 officials in China have undergone NTU's executive training programmes and flagship postgraduate programmes – Master of Science in Managerial Economics and Master of Public Administration. Many of them are now influential decision-makers and key officials in the Chinese government.

For the past two decades, NTU has earned accolades for its quality training of Chinese officials, as well as its outstanding contributions towards closer ties between Singapore and China. This includes NTU's Mayors’ Class receiving the 2011 Business China Enterprise Award.

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Media contact:

Wang Meng Meng
Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6681

Elaine Lim
Regional Communications Manager
Corporate Affairs – Asia Pacific
Tel: (65) 6393 8332; Mobile: (65) 9843 6561

Meddy He
Manager, Corporate Communications
Cargill China
Tel: (86) 21 3332 7744

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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About Cargill

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About Cargill in China

Cargill’s business in China can be traced back to the early 1970s. Today we have a thriving presence in virtually every part of mainland China with 52 locations and over 7,000 employees. Cargill is committed to utilising its global expertise to support China’s ongoing efforts in rural development and farmer income increase. In addition, Cargill’s contributions are aligned with China’s commitment to promoting sustainable agriculture, as well as a secure and safe food supply. We help China achieve these commitments by improving efficiency and adding value in the production, processing, distribution, and trade of food and agriculture products. For more information, visit

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