Almost every week, members of Tembusu College are invited to meet and chat with guests - both local and international - through a variety of hosted events. There is a huge diversity of backgrounds amongst our visitors, who range from politicians to diplomats, artists, writers, poets, and academics. Select an event category on the left to find out more.
Our events and members of our community are also frequently featured by the Press and Media. Visit the Newsroom to read the reports.
Tembusu College’s motto The Home of Possibilities, means we value the development of each individual according to her or his own path through life. At the same time we are a learning community, which seeks to give students an intense experience in a nurturing environment. The college administers (and awards certificates for) the prestigious University Town College Programme (UTCP), which augments students’ regular degree programmes by emphasising breadth, critical thinking, and exposure to inter-disciplinary thinking. Our curriculum includes both seminars and out-of-classroom learning experiences.
The college is not themed. Diversity is an important part of our ethos, and we offer learning opportunities across a broad spectrum of interests. We do, however, have particular areas of strength, which are reflected in the backgrounds of our faculty.
A home away from home, the Tembusu College community is 21 storeys of collegiate spirit known for its friendly and welcoming culture.
Wake up or wind down through casual conversations with your Fellows and peers over meals at the Dining Hall. Sweat it out over sports at the Multi Purpose Hall. Huddle with like-minded individuals at one of the many Student-run Interest Groups & Student-Initiated Projects or start your own. Let loose or let your creativity flow in the well furnished Student Spaces. Be our Student Partners and contribute to the College community.
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Tembusu College is much more than a home; it's a Home of Possibilities.
WIP with Dr. John van Wyhe
Dr. John van Wyhe
Wallace’s mystery flycatcher at NUS
30th August 2012, Thursday, 6.00pm
The famous Victorian naturalist Alfred Wallace discovered the theory of evolution independently of Darwin as well as a line that divides Asian and Australian animals (the ‘Wallace Line’). Using Singapore as his base, Wallace collected an astonishing 125,000 specimens of birds and insects in South East Asia between 1854 and 1862. Out of all these thousands, only one is now in Singapore, in the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at NUS. It’s a little bird- a Brown Flycatcher. For many years the Museum has proudly declared that it was collected by Wallace in Malacca in 1862 (as a tag on its leg states) and donated to the Museum in the same year. But! Wallace never went near Malacca in 1862 and he never gave any specimens to local museums.
So where did this mystery bird come from? Was it really collected by Wallace? How did it get into the collection in Singapore? Historical research allows us to solve these mysteries and reveal the extraordinary voyages this little bird made from Asia, to Europe and back to Asia again. Along the way this small example tells us a lot more about how science really works.
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.