Building a stronger Singapore, together

A rendition of the National Anthem from the NUS Choir marked the cherished annual tradition of celebrating Singapore’s milestones

About 3,000 members of the public and the NUS community, including students, alumni, faculty and staff, participated in a virtual NUS National Day Observance Ceremony (NDOC) to mark Singapore’s 55th birthday.

The event on 7 August started with the broadcast of the National Day 2020 theme song, “Everything I Am” as a reminder of the community spirit and sense of gratitude that have been displayed by Singaporeans in the face of adversity.

In his opening remarks, NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye reaffirmed the value of unity, resilience and service.

“2020 has been an exacting year for all of us, and this year’s National Day celebrations is a rallying call for all Singaporeans to unite and overcome the unprecedented challenges of our times. Yet, I am reminded that we have much to celebrate. We can, and must look towards our collective future with hope and optimism,” Prof Tan said.  

He added that in addition to Singapore’s 55th year of independence, NUS is commemorating the 115th year of founding. “Our predecessors have made significant contributions to the growth and progress of our nation. So too, will this generation, as One NUS.”

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NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye commended the University community for contributing strongly to Singapore

A rendition of the National Anthem by the award-winning NUS Choir enabled members of the University community, tuning in from across the island, to sing along collectively.

“Although the choir could not meet up physically to sing, recording the National Anthem enabled us to share our voices with the audience,” said NUS Choir President Marcus Lim, a Year 2 NUS Design and Environment student.

A recitation of the National Pledge led by NUS Students’ Union President Richard Wang, a Year 3 NUS Arts and Sciences student, rounded off the event.

“The National Pledge was born when Singapore had a pressing need to forge a common identity and sense of belonging among citizens of different races and religions. Today, while the historical context differs, the spirit of resilience and togetherness remains. It gives me great honour to be leading the National Pledge with our larger NUS community," Richard said.

Event attendees included Professor Victor Shim, Associate Vice President at the NUS Global Relations Office. He was encouraged by the community spirit displayed by the University.

“It was heartening to come together and show our support for Singapore,” said Prof Shim.


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