Tembusu Ambassadors are Recruiting!

November 10, 2021

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 college 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. We also reach out to prospective students and parents via the creation of content and designing of posts for our official Instagram account. We aim to showcase the vibrancy of residential life, our diverse academic programmes and various opportunities that our college provides.

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 were to list out my best memories from 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 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 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 a member of the NUSSU EXCO and an active student leader of the Korean community in NUS. He is currently serving in the military as a First Lieutenant at the Republic of Korea Air Force Headquarters.


“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. She is currently working at the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA).


“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 pursuing a MSc in Mathematics at NUS and working as a Quantum Scientist at Entropica Labs.


"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 Experience Designer with the National Library Board.

“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.


“One thing that I learnt from my time in Ambassadors was the art of active listening. Listen intently, and you will welcome stories from different walks of life — stories from invited guests about their illustrious careers, concerns from parents, or questions from prospective students who were once like us, nervous yet excited about university life. These brief yet genuine exchanges were moments I enjoyed during my time as a Tembusu Ambassador! If you are hungry for stories, and want to share your love for Tembusu with the world, do consider applying to become an Ambassador!”

— Chermaine Bok is currently a Year 4 medicine student at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

"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 graduated with a BSocSci (Honours) in Economics and BEng (Honours) in Engineering. He is the co-founder of Young Sustainable Impact SEA and Interseed, and he is currently working as an analyst at the Future of Mobility Solution Centre, Deloitte.


"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 (will be made available during application period). Application period: 28th November 2021,12AM to 11th December 2021, 12PM.
  2. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview slots by 13th December 2021.
  3. Interviews will be conducted on Zoom between 15th December 2021 to 19th December 2021 (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: Ongoing appointment for entire tenure in Tembusu College, subject to semesterly reviews

Do come for our information session on 17th November 2021, 8:30PM-10PM on Zoom. We’d love to tell you more about our experiences and the application process! Please register here for the information session before 17th November 2021, 6:30PM.

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.