Teeing off to closer ties
NUS and the University of Malaya (UM) further cemented their strong and longstanding ties through the 49th edition of the UM-NUS Inter-University Tunku Chancellor Golf Tournament from 19 to 20 July. NUS Chancellor and Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam hosted the official dinner reception on 19 July, with UM Chancellor, His Royal Highness (HRH) Sultan Dr Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, the Sultan of the State of Perak, in attendance.
During his welcome address at the reception, which was held in conjunction with the tournament, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan shared that both universities had several very significant collaborations. “We are partners in key regional university networks, we organise very well-attended and very fruitful student exchanges and we’ve also shared management best practices through the Temasek Foundation-NUS Programme,” he said. He expressed confidence that they would continue to build upon these initiatives to bring greater mutual benefit to both universities.
The reception also saw two exchanges of gifts —between Dr Tony Tan and HRH Sultan Dr Nazrin Shah; as well as between Prof Tan and UM Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud.
The first edition of the Tournament, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1968, was an expression of the warm ties between senior management from both universities. The tournament is hosted alternately by UM and NUS, with this year’s edition taking place in Singapore.
Golfers donning the NUS team colours this year included Mr Po’ad Mattar, NUS Pro-Chancellor; Members of NUS Board of Trustees Mr Chaly Mah and Mr Phillip Tan; Mr Vanu Gopala Menon, Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia; and Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Singapore’s Ambassador to Kuwait.
Faculty members, staff and alumni from the two universities teed off at Sembawang Country Club and Keppel Club, with some renewing old bonds and others making new friends. After two days of friendly rivalry, NUS was declared the winner of UM-NUS Inter-University Tunku Chancellor Golf Tournament 2017.
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