Engaging the World

Tembusu is a college with a global reputation. It seeks to make all of its members — whether local or foreign — feel part of a global community, and learn how to act and productively cooperate with those different from themselves. Our Rector, Professor Tommy Koh, who is also Singapore’s senior diplomat, dedicates himself every semester to (in his own words), “bringing the world to Tembusu, and bringing Tembusu to the world,” through our flagship Tembusu Forum series, alongside many other events.

Tembusu World Project

Tembusu World Project

Tembusu Hosts the Global Summer Programme of the International Association of Research Universities (IARU)

Tembusu Hosts the Global Summer Programme of the International Association of Research Universities (IARU)

Hiroshima-Singapore Green Legacy Project

Hiroshima-Singapore Green Legacy Project

Master’s Teas Bring Students from Japan to New York

Master’s Teas Bring Students from Japan to New York

 Tembusu Forum: ISIS & ISLAM

Tembusu Forum: ISIS & ISLAM

 Tembusu Forum: The Refugee Situation in Southeast Asia: What is the Solution?

Tembusu Forum: The Refugee Situation in Southeast Asia: What is the Solution?

Tembusu Forum: Celebrating 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations between India and Singapore

Tembusu Forum: Celebrating 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations between India and Singapore

Tembusu Forum: Celebrating 25 years of Diplomatic Relations between China and Singapore

Tembusu Forum: Celebrating 25 years of Diplomatic Relations between China and Singapore

Tembusu Forum: Mock United States Presidential Debates

Tembusu Forum: Mock United States Presidential Debates

Tembusu Forum: Will There be Another Sino-Japanese War?

Tembusu Forum: Will There be Another Sino-Japanese War?

Tembusu Forum: Climate Change: Science, Economics, Singapore and the World

Tembusu Forum: Climate Change: Science, Economics, Singapore and the World

Tembusu Forum: Will the US Live in Peace with a Rising China?

Tembusu Forum: Will the US Live in Peace with a Rising China?

Tembusu Forum: International Holocaust Memorial Day

Tembusu Forum: International Holocaust Memorial Day

Tembusu Forum: Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs

Tembusu Forum: Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs

Tembusu Forum: Should the UN Recognize Palestine as a State?

Tembusu Forum: Should the UN Recognize Palestine as a State?

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.