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News Details | 19-Aug-2008

Philanthropist Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan's legacy lives on


The Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Fund is established to fund

  • Inaugural Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professorship - a prestigious endowed professorship
  • Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Forum - new networking platform
  • Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship in Engineering - fostering academic and research collaborations with the endowment of the Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship in Engineering

 

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) marks the launch of the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Fund today.  The launch of the fund is a culmination of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation’s (TCTF) generous contributions to NTU over the years, and it marks the long-time relationship with NTU.

The launch event, graced by His Excellency, President S R Nathan, is part of the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial year celebrations this year.  The endowed gift of S$10 million from the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation will be used to further the spirit of pioneering entrepreneurship and philanthropy of the late Tan Sri Tan Chin Tuan, by building on NTU’s Chinese heritage and the University’s long-standing technological and innovation advantage in the field of engineering. 

In supporting NTU goals, Dr Tan Kheng Lian, Chairman of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation noted: “I am very happy to be able to continue my father’s good work in NTU through these new initiatives and hope that these will inspire NTU to greater heights”

To mark the long-time relationship between TCTF and NTU, NTU’s Lecture Theatre 2 will be renamed to the Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre.  During the launch event, His Excellency, President S R Nathan, will also be unveiling the Tan Chin Tuan bronze bust located at the lecture theatre.

The fund, together with an additional S$10 million matching from the government, will be endowed to support three key programmes, namely the Tan Chin Tan Centennial Professorship in Engineering, the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Forum and the Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship in Engineering.


Professor Ng Wun Jern – Recipient of the Inaugural Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professorship

The Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professorship in the field of engineering was set up by NTU and TCTF to catalyze a high standard of research for the benefit of industry and the community.  The establishment of the professorship will also help to groom a core of local researchers who will help provide a sustainable capability to NTU and attract fresh research talent from overseas to the University.

For his contributions and merits to the discipline of engineering and research, the inaugural professorship is awarded to Professor Ng Wun Jern, Executive Director, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), NTU.  Prof Ng has held key positions in the academia and was also the Singapore director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005.  His research output may be found in some 400 publications and his research and development efforts have been brought to full-scale applications.  Professor Ng’s contributions to the industry, research and education have also been recognised with accolades such as the ASEAN Engineering Award and the Outstanding University Researcher Award.

On receiving this award, Prof Ng said “This award brings recognition which I hope will draw greater interest to Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE).  I believe ESE will have an increasingly important role in ensuring we do not fail our children when we return them a planet which we have borrowed from them.”

As the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor, Prof Ng will lead the University’s new multi-disciplinary, integrative research and help build strong contacts with reputed overseas research groups and various government agencies to explore how existing environmental technologies in Singapore can be further improved.

For more details on the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professorship and Prof Ng’s profile, please refer to the fact sheet and biography.


Enhancing International Collaboration

In addition to the professorship, the fund will also support the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Forum and the Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship in Engineering. 

 

The Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Forum

The inaugural Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Forum will take place in the later part of this year.  The forum builds on NTU’s distinctive Chinese heritage through our China alumni - to help NTU’s China alumni to continue meaningful and enduring ties with NTU, as well as provide a platform for NTU to nurture and foster continued relationships with our alumni.  These forums, jointly organised by TCTF and NTU, will also provide opportunities for friendly collaborations and continuing education for our China alumni on topics that are most relevant to the development of China today.

The theme of the inaugural forum will be “Sustainable Development: Economic, Social and Government Policy”.  The keynote speakers at the forum will include Professor James O. Leckie of Standford University, who will be speaking on environment management in the United States.


Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship in Engineering

Over the last 11 years, 146 academics from foreign universities and institutions have conducted research collaborations under this programme. 73 NTU faculty members have also enjoyed overseas attachments.  The TCT fellowship scheme has resulted in 136 research collaborations with 111 universities from China, US, UK, Japan, Australia, India and Eastern European countries. Each collaboration in turn benefits and involves an average of two to three students.

Part of the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Fund will go into continuing to further the cause of building global universities and fostering research collaborations between NTU and overseas institutions, as well as enriching the academic content and culture of the University.

This programme provides for the exchange of faculty and researchers from engineering between NTU and a renowned foreign university or institution. The exchange fellowship will also help create strategic synergy with the other initiatives funded by TCTF.   For instance, the Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellows can be called upon to serve as speakers or panellists at the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Forum.


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