SUTD Receives S$3 Million Endowed Gift From Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan

18 Jan 2012

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore's fourth publicly-funded university, has received an endowed gift of S$3 million from Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK). The donation attracts a 3:1 matching by the Singapore government for SUTD's endowment. The endowed gift will go towards student development and a professorship programme.

The bursary scheme for Singaporean or Permanent Resident undergraduates studying full-time at SUTD will be established to help needy SUTD undergraduates towards covering their tuition fees. Besides excellent academic results, candidates should demonstrate good moral character and community spirit.

The professorship programme, to be established at the end of Year 3, aims to foster greater understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s socio-cultural milieu through the innovative application of design-thinking and engineering knowledge.

Mr Chua Thian Poh, President of SHHK, said: “SHHK is committed in advancing the cause of education in Singapore through the many programmes we have in place and will continue to support deserving causes or develop new programmes. We place great importance in our work to nurture the next generation of young people. This donation will go towards supporting SUTD’s students in need and help to propel the university’s development as an outstanding institution of higher learning and research. 

On receiving the generous gift, Mr Philip Ng, Chairman of SUTD said: “We would like to thank the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan for their support of SUTD, which makes us the first university to receive SHHK’s endowed gift in their flagship study award programme. This gift would contribute towards SUTD’s aspiration to develop future leaders and innovators, regardless of their background, with a revolutionary education in technology coupled with design to better the world.”

In recognition of the donation, SHHK will be accorded appropriate naming rights.

About Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan 

Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK) is founded in 1840 when it was set up to provide assistance to the Chinese immigrants from China Fujian Province. The objects of SHHK are to promote goodwill and fellowship among ethnic Chinese Singapore citizens of the Hokkien dialect group; to improve and upgrade the standard of living and the quality of life of its members and the Hokkien community at large; to preserve and promote advancement of the Chinese language, Chinese culture and the cause of education in Singapore. SHHK has also donated generously towards worthy causes.

The commitment of SHHK in the advancement of education is dated way back to 1849 when it set up its first school. Today, the affiliated schools of SHHK include Tao Nan School, Ai Tong School, Chongfu School, Nan Chiau High School, Nan Chiau Primary School and Kong Hwa School with a combined enrolment of about 12,000 students and 800 staff. For more information, please visit www.shhk.com.sg

About Singapore University of Technology and Design 

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is Singapore’s fourth publicly-funded university, and one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Zhejiang University (ZJU), SUTD seeks to nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators in the fields of engineering and architecture to serve societal needs. 

SUTD’s first intake of up to 500 students will matriculate in April 2012. Through its stringent admissions criteria and collaborations with MIT and ZJU, SUTD will bring together the best minds to seek solutions to modern-day challenges and create a better future.