Tembusu College’s efforts to reimagine college life amid the pandemic

July 08, 2021

Amid the pandemic, Tembusu College made efforts to give students some semblance of residential college life. Residential Fellow, Dr Kuan Yee Han, tells us more here. The article can be found in the Jul-Sep issue of AlumNUS.

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.