NUS renews partnership with Keppel to promote sustainability research and enhance bursary support for engineering students

NUS and Keppel Corporation Limited (Keppel) have established the Keppel Professorship in Sustainability Solutions at the NUS College of Design and Engineering (CDE) and enhanced the Keppel Bursary for Engineering for CDE undergraduates, deepening their longstanding partnership in the areas of sustainability research and education. The signing ceremony was witnessed by NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye and Keppel CEO Mr Loh Chin Hua, which was held on 5 December 2023 at NUS University Hall.

Shaping a more sustainable future

The new Keppel Professorship in Sustainability Solutions reflects both NUS and Keppel’s focus on creating solutions for a sustainable future. It replaces the former Keppel Chair Professorship, which had sought to boost Singapore's competitiveness in the Ocean, Marine and Offshore industry.

This new Professorship is supported by a generous gift of S$1.4 million made by Keppel Care Foundation in 2012. In addition, Keppel will contribute a supplementary S$170,000 over the next five years to support activities related to the Professorship, including organising lectures by world-renowned experts to promote knowledge discovery and increase public awareness about sustainability issues such as climate change and reducing carbon footprint.

Enhancing accessibility to education

NUS and Keppel also renewed their commitment to enhance accessibility to NUS’ transformative education through an additional gift of S$500,000 from Keppel to the Keppel Bursary for Engineering, which was established in 2014 to support financially needy undergraduates. To date, 126 bursaries have been awarded.

With this top-up, NUS is able to increase the quantum of each bursary from S$3,000 to S$5,000 per annum and the number of bursaries awarded from an average of 16 to 18 per academic year. These enhancements come as timely support for students, amidst the rising cost of living.

NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye, said, “This renewed partnership between NUS and Keppel is testament to our strong commitment towards shaping a more sustainable future by advancing sustainability education and research as well as ensuring that undergraduates from all financial backgrounds can fully participate and benefit from the transformative education that NUS offers.”


By NUS Development Office