Polity

Polity is Tembusu's very own public policy and current affairs interest group. Founded in 2016, Polity aims to raise the awareness and understanding of local and international issues among Tembusians by providing a platform for students to engage in civil discourse in an intimate manner. The interest group is home to a small team of youths passionate about engaging in civil discourse and bringing diverse perspectives to the college. Our flagship “In the eyes of...” dialogue series has invited nine distinguished guests from the public and private sector to discuss pertinent social issues, as well as share with Tembusians about insights in their jobs or daily lives. We also organized the first college-wide public speaking event, 15 Minutes, where students and eminent external speakers had the opportunity to share their personal and professional stories to the college. As Tembusians get to interact closely with guests at our events, we hope Polity’s events inspire Tembusians to become an engaged, enlightened and empowered Polity.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.