Tembusu College Inaugural Dinner


At a gala dinner celebrating the inauguration of Tembusu College, our Rector, Prof Tommy Koh awarded the first Honorary Fellowship to noted philosopher and historian of science Prof Sir Geoffrey Lloyd.

Sir Geoffrey is the former Master of Darwin College, Cambridge University, and is currently Senior Scholar at Cambridge’s Needham Research Institute. At the dinner celebration, he gave a brief speech on the collegiate way of life, with advice for the success of the college based on his experience as a Master.

Besides Sir Geoffrey and Lady Lloyd of Cambridge University, other distinguished guests present at the event included the NUS senior management, fellows and staff members as well as the 50 students of the Tembusu College pilot programme.

Speaking at the event, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan congratulated Tembusu College on its progress so far; and its Rector Prof Tommy Koh shared his hopes for the college’s future.

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.