Tembusu Ambassadors are recruiting!

November 06, 2020


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 hone 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 is currently serving 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 and pursuing a MSc in Mathematics at NUS.


“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 graduated with a M.Arch from 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 Bain & Company.


“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.

"When I was first applying to be an Ambassador, I wanted to grow my confidence in engaging and communicating with external stakeholders. My Ambs experience enabled me to grow in so many other aspects than what I imagined. Over the years, more than giving me the opportunity to lead, being a Tembusu Ambassador gave me the opportunity to plan college-wide events, think big without losing attention to details and most importantly share what makes Tembusu special to so many prospective students.

Whether you are interested in growing yourself personally or are keen on leading initiatives to bring Tembusu to the world, do consider applying to be an Ambassador because the experience will give you that, and so much more."

— Sai Surya is currently pursuing a Double Degree Programme in Engineering & Economics in NUS. He is the Co-Founder of Young Sustainable Impact SEA.


"Joining the Tembusu Ambassadors provided me the opportunity to get involved with the College’s various external engagements which ranged from sharing my Tembusu experience with prospectus students during school outreaches to hosting foreign dignitaries on behalf of the College. While the Tembusu Ambassadors is a meaningful platform to serve the College, it is also an avenue for personal growth – throughout my six years as a Tembusu Ambassador, I was able to develop into a confident and effective communicator. My role as an Ambassador has also enabled me to meaningfully reflect on my holistic development in the College. Alongside these opportunities, I also forged friendships with diverse and dynamic team members who are deeply passionate about sharing and curating the Tembusu experience. If the thought of these opportunities excite you, go for it; apply to be a part of the Tembusu Ambassadors family!"

— Murni Marisa graduated from NUS with a M. Soc. Sci in Political Science. She is currently working at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

How to apply:

  1. Submit the Tembusu Ambassadors Application Form. Do note that the application period is 01 December 2020, 0000 to 12 December 2020, 2359.
  2. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview slots by 14 December 2020.
  3. Interviews will be conducted either on Zoom or in person between 16 December 2020 to 19 December 2020 (inclusive). More details will be shared with shortlisted candidates. You are highly encouraged to attend the interview in business attire, if possible.

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

Do come for our information session on 16 November 2020, 8:00PM-9.30PM on Zoom. We’d love to tell you more about our experiences and the application process! Please register here for the information session before 16 November 2020, 7:00PM. We may close registration once the capacity is reached so do register early!

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.