Tembusu Debate Society

The Tembusu Debate Society fosters intellectual engagement among students through discussing current controversies and questions for the College, Singapore, Asia and at a global level across different platforms. Over the years, the guest panel discussion series, the Elephant in the Room, has supported the debate of issues such as freedom or speech and non-heterosexual rights. In previous years, the Debate Society has supported intellectual engagement across different Colleges in UTown and beyond through being a key organizer of a debate competition, the University Town Intercollegiate Provost's Challenge Shield. The Debate Society conducts regular, professional training in debating skills and techniques, according to the British and Asian Parliamentary formats.

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.