Tembusu Ambassadors are recruiting!

August 22, 2019


Your Ticket to the World!

Can't stop talking about Tembusu and eager to share your love for our college to the world? Look no further!

As Tembusu Ambassadors, we promote and showcase our Home of Possibilities to prospective students and their parents at various tertiary institutions and members of the public during outreach events, such as NUS Open Day and college admissions interviews.

On special occasions, Tembusu Ambassadors also suit up to host distinguished local and foreign guests when they visit Tembusu College or UTown. It is a great opportunity to groom your leadership and communication skills, while creating memorable experiences as representatives of the college.


What do Tembusu Ambassadors do?

*Working groups are reviewed and formed during our annual retreat so they are subjected to changes

Who is an ideal candidate?

We are looking for responsible, personable and committed Tembusu College students (Freshmen, Seniors) who are team players and are excited to share their love for the college to prospective students and external guests!



“If I had to choose some of my best memories in NUS, my experience as a Tembusu Ambassador would definitely be on the list. Presenting our college to high-profile university administrators from around the world, acquainting with diplomats and other distinguished guests, and not to mention, working with the most passionate and brightest students in the college who later became some of my closest friends; are only small glimpses of the many things that I got to experience as a Tembusu Ambassador. If you wish to make your university life meaningful, there is no doubt that joining the Tembusu Ambassador family will help you realize that. Hope to see you in the future at our Tembusu Ambassador family gathering!”

— John Hong Hoon Seock graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. During his time as an undergraduate, John was an active student leader of the Korean community in NUS. He will be enlisting in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.


“Four years ago, due to my lack of knowledge, I did not apply to Tembusu College. When I realised that some of my friends had secured a place there, I was compelled to apply. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions of my university life. Similarly, I regretted not applying to Tembusu Ambassadors in my freshman year. I always sought for a community that aims to achieve, be it winning in sports, fighting for a cause or serving the college. After spending a year in college, I knew that Tembusu Ambassadors was a place I wanted to be part of. Thankfully, I had a second chance and applied. Looking back at the events I was part of and how much I grew during my time in Ambassadors, I can safely say I have received much more than I had expected. At the same time, I had the opportunity to serve the college through various platforms and in doing so, prevented many students from making the same mistake I had made a long time ago - take the plunge!”

— Rajesh Mishra graduated with a B.Sc (Honours) in Physics. He is currently a Research Assistant with the NUS Centre for Quantum Technologies.


“Being a part of the Tembusu Ambassadors has been an invaluable experience. As a freshman, I was interested in the way we communicated with others; students, parents or visitors to the College – participating in outreach sessions, Tembusu Forums and Open Days were great platforms for us to bring Tembusu to the world. However, I also learnt that the Ambassadors was (and still is) more than that. Every passing year with the Ambassadors presents new challenges, mainly because the team is always questioning – what has gone well, what can be improved, and how can we learn from it? At the same time, we are encouraged to grow as individuals through these driving questions too. As much as some of my greatest personal hurdles stemmed from the Tembusu Ambassadors, this was also the place where I gained the most self-awareness and growth. Through the Ambassadors, I’ve met peers whom I truly look up to, and am slowly growing to be a better version of myself.”

— Cheryl Lim is currently pursuing her M.Arch 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 Seow graduated with a B.Soc.Sci in Psychology and Social Work. She is currently an Associate Librarian with the National Library Board.


“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 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 holds a MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (Distinction) from the University of Oxford, and a B.Soc.Sc. in Political Science from NUS. He is currently a Consultant with QVARTZ.


“Joining the Tembusu Ambassadors offers you a unique platform and opportunity to serve and give back to the College we all love, as custodians and curators of the Tembusu brand externally. We bring the first impressions of our “Home of Possibilities” into the hearts and minds of prospective students and parents - in other words, in many ways we set the ball rolling for future cohorts of Tembusians - as well as prominent guests at events like the Inaugural and Annual Dinners and Tembusu Forums. A heavy responsibility, yes, but also an immensely exciting one. Along the way, you will find yourself honing your creativity, communication and teamwork, skillsets that will hold you in good stead for life’s subsequent challenges. The diversity within the team, and our own College experiences, only adds to our lustre, and perhaps you too, like me, will find yourself forming the most fulfilling and enduring friendships of your University days among your fellow Ambassadors. Go ahead, give it a shot - for those up to the task, being a Tembusu Ambassador will only make your time at the College all the more richly memorable and rewarding :)”

— Vinod Ashvin Ravi graduated with a B.Soc.Sci (Honours) in Political Science. He is currently working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


I joined the Tembusu Ambassadors because I believed in contributing by developing the college’s external image, and improve on my communication, organizational and leadership skills, which continue to serve me well in my final year in University. I was able to sharpen my communication skills by sharing about Tembusu College to prospective students at outreaches, develop my organizational skills by supporting the Open Day team and hone my leadership skills by organizing a 2-day training retreat for the Tembusu Ambassadors’ family. Many of these opportunities often challenged me beyond my comfort zone - but that’s where I am grateful for a family of like-minded, deeply passionate peers whom I found valuable mentorship, support and guidance. Many of these peers are now timeless friends.

— Joshua Eu graduated with a BBA. He is currently a Carrier Buying Executive at Vodafone.

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 23 August and 4 September 2019, 12:00PM.
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview slots by 6 September 2019.
  4. Interviews will be conducted from 9 - 13 September 2019 (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 ​29 August 2019, 8:00PM at the ​Reading Room​. We’d love to tell you more about our experiences and the application process! Please indicate your interest in attending here.

For any inquiries, please feel free to drop an email to: tambassadors@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.