Tembusu College: Host of the IARU Global Summer Programme 2014-2019

Tembusu College hosted the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global Summer Programme from 2014-2019, offering courses such as Asia Now! The Archaeology of the Future City, and Animals and the City.

Over four intense weeks in summer, select Tembusu College students attended seminars, workshops and field trips, together with students from our partner universities. Students found the programme interesting and invaluable as it exposed them to different points of views as they work with peers from all over the world, forming lasting friendships in the process.

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.