Echoing the promise of our Rector, Professor Tommy Koh, to bring Tembusu to the World, members of our community are voracious travellers. And not just for vacations and exchange programmes. Some of your seminars in the college entail field trips to various parts of Singapore, as well as a few of our off-shore islands. You can also choose to be a part of the NUS Study Trips for Engagement and Enrichment (STEER), led by our fellows, which have taken members of the college to Komodo Island, Borneo, Sulawesi and various cities in China, amongst other places.

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.