News Details | 23-Oct-2013

NTU’s new medical school building named in honour of philanthropist Toh Kian Chui

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has named the new education wing of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in honour of respected Singapore businessman and philanthropist, Mr Toh Kian Chui, a construction entrepreneur who rose from humble beginnings.

The Toh Kian Chui Annex, located next to the School’s headquarters at NTU’s Novena campus at 11 Mandalay Road was officially opened today by Singapore’s Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat, marking another milestone for Singapore’s newest medical school, a partnership between NTU and Imperial College London.

The three-storey building was named the Toh Kian Chui Annex in recognition of a generous S$20 million gift from the Toh Kian Chui Foundation, an endowment that will amount to S$50 million with matching funds from the Singapore government. The gift will go towards an endowment to fund, in perpetuity, a Distinguished Professorship, a Gold Medal student award given to the top performing medical student from each cohort, up to 25 scholarships annually, as well as other research and education needs.

The family of the late Mr Toh expressed pride at having a building named after its patriarch. Ms Toh Keng Choo, the daughter of Mr Toh Kian Chui and Chairman of the Toh Kian Chui Foundation, said: “As someone who helped to build Singapore, my father would certainly be proud that his foundation is committed to the development of Singapore’s future doctors. He has always been a person who looked out for his fellow men. The Foundation’s gift to NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine honours the wishes of Mr Toh, who would have studied medicine if he had been given the opportunity to do so.”

Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of the School’s Governing Board, said the official opening of the Toh Kian Chui Annex is a validation of efforts to set up a world-class medical school. “The impact of this gift at LKCMedicine will resonate for generations to come. We are thus honoured to name this Annex – the education wing of our Novena campus – after Mr Toh Kian Chui, one of Singapore’s post-independence construction pioneers whose humble manner and generous spirit greatly impacted the lives of those who knew him, and which has guided the Toh Kian Chui Foundation’s giving philosophy. The gift will go a long way in helping the School fulfil our vision to redefine medicine and transform healthcare.”

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “The Toh Kian Chui Annex is one of the many facilities that we have envisioned in our master plan for the medical school to complement the other world-class facilities for our faculty, students and researchers here at the Novena campus.

“It is only fitting that this three-storey annex, located next to the stately heritage building housing the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine’s headquarters, is named after Mr Toh Kian Chui. Mr Toh was not only a highly respected philanthropist; he was also one of Singapore’s pioneering entrepreneurs, and a great family patriarch. It is therefore our honour to name this building the Toh Kian Chui Annex after such a great man.”

The opening of the Toh Kian Chui Annex marks the completion of the first phase of the School’s infrastructural development at NTU’s Novena campus in the heart of Singapore’s medical district. Located in front of the 1920s heritage building housing the school’s headquarters, the Annex has a distinctive glass façade that reflects the former’s historic features and pre-war architecture. The Annex houses a variety of teaching and learning facilities, including a 188-seat lecture theatre, a 66-seat seminar room which supports the School’s team-based learning approach, an interim library, and a rooftop terrace.

The next phase of development of the Novena campus features a multi-storey Clinical Sciences Building to be located next to the headquarters building. It will offer state-of-the-art facilities, including 21st century classrooms, research labs, as well as collaborative and recreational spaces for staff and students.

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About the Toh Kian Chui Foundation

The Toh Kian Chui Foundation is named after Mr Toh Kian Chui who started one of the first road construction companies in Singapore, named the Swee Constructions in 1948. Swee Constructions first paved the runway for the Singapore Changi Airport in the 1960s. The company was also responsible for the building of the facilities in Kusu Island that was enlarged and transformed from two tiny outcrops on a reef, into an island holiday resort. Mr Toh was a generous contributor to many charities in Singapore, and was awarded both the Public Service Star (BBM) and Public Service Medal (PBM) by the Singapore government. 

Today, the Toh Kian Chui Foundation continues his legacy by becoming a key supporter of education initiatives in Singapore.

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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, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, 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 the 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 a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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