Recruiting Tembusu Ambassadors

August 27, 2015

Tembusu College is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic students to serve as Tembusu Ambassadors!

*Note: this is a separate recruitment from the UTown Ambassadors.

Your Ticket to the World!

Are you proud to be part of Tembusu? Tell it to the world! As Tembusu Ambassadors, we promote and showcase our Home of Possibilities to prospective students during outreach events, such as NUS Open Day or Admissions interviews.

On special occasions, Tembusu Ambassadors also suit up to host local and foreign Ambassadors and diplomats when they visit Tembusu College or UTown. It’s a great opportunity to groom your leadership skills and communication abilities.

What do Tembusu Ambassadors do?

Who is an ideal candidate?

All new Tembusu Ambassadors are required to attend a two-day training retreat to Batam during Recess Week (21 and 22 September). Please check and ensure that your passport has at least six-month validity. Otherwise, we would recommend that you renew your passport as soon as possible.

“I joined the Tembusu Ambassadors because I was interested in serving the College by developing its external image and reputation. I was also keen on engaging with foreign dignitaries on behalf of the College. Here, I learnt important networking skills, as well as how to lead others. The flat structure of the Ambassadors developed our ability to lead each other through respect and service, rather than out of one's formal position. The main highlight and takeaway is definitely the camaraderie that came out from serving, and organizing events together. Although our tenure lasts a couple years, the friendships forged are timeless.” 

— David Wong recently graduated with a M.SC in Global Governance and Diplomacy. He is currently a Manager at the International Enterprise Singapore.

“Back when I was a new student, I had the opportunity to interact with some members of this wonderful team, whom were great influences in my decision to join Tembusu College. I subsequently decided to join the Tembusu Ambassadors to contribute and be part of the positive experience that guests and prospective students would have with the college. I immensely enjoyed working with this enthusiastic bunch of college ambassadors, and have been rewarded with lasting memories and the many friendships that have been forged in this warm community.”

— Rachel Lim is a Year 4 Business student specializing in Marketing.

“With the Tembusu Ambassadors, I joined a team of sterling fellow College residents, each endowed with his or her own unique, distinctive talents, yet all of whom shone brightly in collectivity. That all of them eventually ended up as cherished and treasured friends was entirely a heartening bonus. Open Day was my favourite occasion of the Academic Calendar, and that was certainly the case in large part due to the seminal work we accomplished as a team. For those who find themselves up to the task(s), Tembusu Ambassadors may just turn out to be the coolest, coziest, and most rewarding room you'll find here in the 'Home of Possibilities’.” 

— Vinod Ashvin Ravi graduated with Honours in Political Science. He is currently with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Joining the Tembusu Ambassadors was the best decision I’ve made in my last year at Tembusu College. Not only could I share my knowledge of and love for Tembusu to prospective students and parents on Open Day, I also gathered invaluable networking and people skills from hosting distinguished guests of the college. Organizing internal and outreach events have also helped us grow as a team. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to contribute back to my beloved college, and I really cherish the friendships that have blossomed thus.” 

— Liu Yingda is a recent graduate with a M.Phil in Advanced Chemical Engineering. She will begin her work as a Technologist at Shell soon.

“Being a Tembusu Ambassador gave me the opportunities to engage in conversations with VIPs while representing the College at the same time. I did not join the team knowing the craft fully but the exposure has increased my confidence when interacting with these guests. My encounters with people from different backgrounds and under varying degree of formality have also enabled me to carry myself appropriately. I am really thankful that I was entrusted with such a responsibility by the College.” 

— Sarun Udomkichdecha is a Year 4 student majoring in Southeast Asian Studies.

How to apply:

  1. Download and fill in the application form
  2. Drop off the form at the Tembusu College Office reception between 28 August and 9 September 2015 (Wednesday), 12:00pm.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview slots by 11 September 2015
  4. Interviews will be conducted from 14 - 16 September 2015 (inclusive)

Period of Appointment: One Academic Year (subject to review after first semester of service)

Do come for our information session on 3 September 2015 (Thursday), 8:00PM at the Reading Room. We’d love to tell you more about our experiences! Please indicate your interest in attending here.

For any inquiries, feel free to drop an email to:

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.