Tembusu Forums

The Tembusu Forum is the College's flagship event that takes place twice a semester, and is hosted and moderated by the Rector of the College, Professor Tommy Koh.


Tembusu Forum: Can We Stop the Mass Extinction of Species?

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Tembusu Forum: The Rise of Populism

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Tembusu Forum: Mock US Presidential Debates 2016

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Tembusu Forum: The Historical Significance of the Cold War

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Tembusu Forum: Paris Agreement on Climate Change

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Tembusu Forum: ISIS & ISLAM

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

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

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

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Tembusu Forum: Is it better to be a Master Craftsman or a University Graduate?

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Tembusu Forum: Are Human Rights Truly Universal?

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Tembusu Forum: Has Singapore become a market society?

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

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Is Singapore a Model City?

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Tembusu Forum - Porn Masala: Balancing Artistic Freedom and Racial Harmony

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Tembusu Forum: Healthcare Policy and Values in Singapore, Now and in the Future

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Mock United States Presidential Debates

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Climate Change: Science, Economics, Singapore and the World

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


Tembusu Forum: Should the UN Recognise Palestine as a State? A Debate

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Tembusu Forum: Trials Tribulations Triumphs


Tembusu Forum: International Holocaust Memorial Day 2012

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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.