Tembusu Ambassadors are recruiting!

August 21, 2017


Tembusu College is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic students to serve as Tembusu 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 college 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 is a great opportunity to groom your leadership skills and communication abilities.

What do Tembusu Ambassadors do?

Who is an ideal candidate?


“Having interacted with a diverse group of people (whom I can now proudly call friends) and a wonderful time in my first year of university in the College, I was looking for the ‘next thing’ to try when a friend (who was an Ambassador) asked me to apply. Joining the Ambassadors put me in a wide variety of situations that would later challenge and grow me. From helping to put together and film a promotional video, working with a team to devise promotional campaigns for the year to putting on a suit and interacting with esteemed guests, joining the Ambassadors gave me a myriad of experiences all within a ‘single commitment’ (important for the sleep deprived architecture student) whilst working alongside highly motivated students whom I now call my friends. Joining Tembusu College was great. Joining the Ambassadors made it better.”

— Shawn Tan is currently pursuing a Masters in Architecture (coursework) in NUS.

"I was attracted to the role of a Tembusu Ambassador as I treasured the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds whether it was the occasional foreign dignitary that came to visit or the fresh-eyed prospective student. What I most enjoyed about being an Ambassador was representing the college at various outreach events. While sharing about Tembusu, I also had the chance to challenge these students to think more deeply about their university education and in my own way inspire them to see their experience as more than just their academics I saw it as an opportunity to help them imagine how Tembusu could be a home of possibilities for them as well, and that made the experience very meaningful for me."

— Dawn Tan graduated with a B.Soc.Sci in Psychology and Social Work. She is currently an Associate Librarian with the National Library Board. 

“The privilege to serve as a Tembusu Ambassador was one of the most formative experiences during my stay in Tembusu College. There were many skills acquired and lessons learnt – sometimes difficult ones, that helped me develop into a more confident and perceptive individual. Complementing personal growth is the opportunity to work with my peers whom shared the same passion to serve, and now have become timeless friends. It has also prompted me to serve the college with greater capacity, having also been a Residential Assistant in my final undergraduate semester. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi”

— Liew Yuqi graduated with Honours in Architecture. He is currently awaiting to do his Masters. 

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

“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 Ambassadors has helped me to grow as an individual, and pushed me to achieve beyond my imagination. From ushering guests, to hosting VIPs and even being the Ambassador-in-charge for Tembusu Open Day, being an Ambassador has raised my emotional quotient and made me a more eloquent team player. It has been a privilege to often be the first person to greet a prospective Tembusian, enlighten a visitor, host a foreign guest and welcome dignitaries to Tembusu - and I can't wait for you to experience the same too!” 

— Benjamin Tan graduated with Honours in Economics. He is currently working at Toplis & Harding as a Loss Adjuster.

“The only thing better than giving back to a place you can now call home, is doing so with a group of capable and equally passionate individuals. Joining the Tembusu Ambassadors has given me the opportunity to advocate for, serve and lead the College through many ways. I have planned, executed and headed projects such as the Open Day Videos and Instagram Team, while also having the privilege to welcome guests of different profiles to our College. To me, the Ambassadors is a professional family to grow up with and fall back on.” 

— Heather Lee graduated with Honours in Business Administration. She is an Associate Consultant with Capgemini.

“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 graduated with Honours in Southeast Asian Studies. He is currently a Teacher with the Ministry of Education.


How to apply:

  1. Download and fill in the Tembusu Ambassadors Application Form
  2. Drop off the form at the Tembusu College Office reception between 21 August and 4 September 2017 (Monday), 12:00PM.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview slots by 7 September 2017.
  4. Interviews will be conducted from 11 - 15 September 2017 (inclusive). Please come for your interview in business attire.

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

Do come for our information session on 24 August 2017 (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: tambassador@nus.edu.sg

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.