Summer module with USP on Participatory Social Development in Southeast Asia

April 15, 2013


This summer, during Special Term 2 (June 24 - August 3), a few Tembusu students will have the opportunity to take part in the module “Participatory Social Development in Southeast Asia” (USE2315). This USP module includes a fieldtrip to Chiang Mai, and involves working under the guidance of Dr Peter Vail from the University Scholars Programme, and together with USP students, students from Chiang Mai University's Regional Center for Social Sciences and Sustainable Development, and possibly also students from the College of Alice & Peter Tan.

Students will be selected through an application process, in which they submit a CV and a cover letter explaining their interests in the course. If demand is strong, applicants may be subject to an interview process. Given that the module includes an overseas trip, there will be costs involved, but Tembusu College will provide a subsidy for Tembusu students who have been selected to take part.

For more information and to apply, please go to the USP website:

Application will be reviewed as they come in, so the sooner you apply, the better. The closing date for applications is May 15.

For inquiries about costs, please contact Foo Junhong at

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.