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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.
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Tembusu College is much more than a home; it's a Home of Possibilities.
Work In Progress Seminar with Dr. Michitake Aso
Topic: Floods and Storms, Scalpels and Livers: Looking for Climatologists and Medical Doctors in Vietnam
Speaker: Dr. Michitake Aso
For many reasons, getting access to information in Vietnam is not always a simple task and doing historical research there can be both a very rewarding and frustrating process. Historians everywhere, but especially in societies such as Vietnam, have to be equal parts detective and diplomat. In this talk, I reflect on initial findings from my current research. The first strand of this research is on the history of climate in Vietnam. How governments and individuals view natural disaster management can reveal a lot about the relationship between the two and I am interested in how people were governed in the Red River Delta in post-1954 socialist Vietnam. The second strand of this research is on intellectual networks in the twentieth-century socialist world. Personal documents left behind by Vietnamese medical doctors point to surprising ways in which socialist experts travelled, mentally and physically, through the Cold War era. I will also reveal some of the trials and tribulations of my research.
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.