News Details | 11-May-2012

NTU marks 20th anniversary of Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information with new overseas study scholarship

Scholarship named after Emeritus Professor Eddie C.Y. Kuo, founding father of communication studies in Singapore

Talented communication and information students at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will soon be able to gain significant overseas experience, thanks to a new scholarship set up by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore’s only full-fledged communication school.

The Professor Eddie C.Y. Kuo Study Abroad Scholarship will enable students to live and study abroad for up to one semester at a reputable university outside Singapore, as part of their exchange programme.  Up to two such scholarships will be awarded each academic year. 

The Professor Eddie C.Y. Kuo Study Abroad Scholarship will be launched this evening at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information’s 20th anniversary dinner at the Fairmont Singapore.  Among the distinguished guests are Mrs Wee Kim Wee and her family, Dr Della Lee, wife of Mr Lee Seng Gee, Chairman of Lee Foundation, and Mr Lim Jim Koon, Editorial Advisor of Lianhe Zaobao. 

The Scholarship is named after Professor Eddie C.Y. Kuo, who is the Founding Dean and Emeritus Professor of the School.  Widely regarded as the founding father of communication studies in Singapore, Professor Kuo was also responsible for laying a strong foundation for NTU’s humanities and social sciences disciplines as the Founding Interim Dean of NTU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences between 2003 and 2005.

Under his stellar leadership as Founding Dean of the communication and information school from 1992 to 2003, the School has since grown to become one of Asia’s leading schools today.  As Emeritus Professor, he continues to teach and share his knowledge and experience with students at the School. 

On the significance of the new Scholarship, Associate Professor Benjamin H. Detenber, Chair, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, said, “Professor Eddie Kuo enjoys a strong global reputation as a scholar, teacher and public intellectual, and we would very much like to preserve his legacy.  Engaging and working with people across international borders is also becoming increasingly important in today’s interconnected world.

“I am confident that the overseas experience gained through this new Professor Eddie C.Y. Kuo Study Abroad Scholarship will benefit our students immensely, as it enables them to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Living and working abroad will also enhance their employability and career mobility in the future.”

Scholarship continues professor’s tradition of giving

The Scholarship continues Professor Kuo’s own tradition of giving back to the university.  He has made regular contributions to NTU’s Wee Kim Wee Legacy Fund, including a S$10,000 gift in late 2011 to the Legacy Fund in support of a student scholarship. To acknowledge his contribution and ensure the perpetuity of the scholarship, the School decided that an endowed scholarship named after Professor Kuo would be timely and more impactful.

Sharing his thoughts on having the scholarship named after him, Professor Eddie Kuo said, “I am touched that NTU is naming the scholarship after me.  The scholarship will help to realise my personal vision of nurturing top communication and information students who appreciate the role that culture plays in communication and interaction. I hope the students will gain valuable experience through their exchange programmes in both Asian and Western countries.” 

The Scholarship will cover the expenses for each recipient’s overseas study or internship programme that may run as long as a full semester.  Following the completion of their exchange programme, the students will be expected to submit a written report of their overseas experience.

Currently 1 in 2 undergraduates at NTU has at least one overseas opportunity during the course of studies at NTU, and the target is to raise this to 70 per cent of each cohort.  NTU has a variety of overseas programmes for students, such as work-and-study programmes, internships and the International Student Exchange Programme (INSTEP) that allows NTU students to study abroad at leading universities and transfer academic units back to their curriculum in NTU.

More than 160 students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information participate in an overseas programme each year. Of these, about 120 students go on overseas exchanges, as part of INSTEP, global immersion or global summer studies.  The rest attend shorter-stint overseas programmes or courses, such as the Going Overseas for Advanced Reporting (GO-FAR), Short Overseas Journalism (SOJOURN), International Strategic Communication Management, and Regional Strategic Communication Management programmes. Besides popular destinations like China, India, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America, a fair number are also heading to places that are off the beaten track such as Nepal and Timor-Leste.

Silent auction to boost fund-raising

As part of its fundraising efforts for the Scholarship, the Wee Kim Wee School is holding a live auction of 7 items and a silent auction of more than 40 items.  Among the articles open for bidding are two very special items. 

Renowned artist and close friend of Professor Kuo, Mr Sun Yu-Li, who has placed Singapore on the art world's map with his critically acclaimed installations and exhibitions, sought to capture the spirit of Professor Kuo’s years of selfless devotion to education in a sculpture entitled “Care”. The sculpture, made of hand-forged copper, has an estimated worth at S$14,000, and will be up for bidding. 

In addition, two copies of the book, Cooking for the President – Reflections and Recipes of Mrs Wee Kim Wee, specially autographed by Mrs Wee Kim Wee & Ms Wee Eng Hwa will be open for bidding at the dinner.  Ms Wee Eng Hwa will further personalise each cookbook by writing the name of the successful bidder on the book. The starting bid for each book is $200. 

Professor Kuo is also offering a number of his own belongings for auction, such as a Smith-Corona Galaxie DeLuxe typewriter that he had used since the early 1970s until the 1980s to type his drafts and manuscripts, and which is still in good working condition.

Another rare item is a 1944 War Edition of the seminal book, Radio Research 1942-43, by Paul F. Lazarsfeld and Frank Stanton.  Owned by Professor Kuo since 1965, the book was bought second hand when he was doing his Master's degree in Sociology in Columbia University.

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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) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

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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