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 of speech and non-heterosexual rights. In previous years, the Debate Society has supported intellectual engagement across different the colleges in UTown and beyond, by organising the University Town Intercollegiate Provost's Challenge Shield. The Debate Society conducts regular training session in debating skills and techniques, in accordance with 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.