Ms. Murni Marisa

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Marisa is a first year graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in Political Science specializing in the subfield of Comparative Politics. Her interests lie in the complex interplay of people and social driving forces that shape the political landscape of a country. Where these factors are constantly changing and evolving, politics in itself is very much a dynamic process that she finds very fascinating. Along with Singapore politics, she also focuses on East Asian politics and history. 

Apart from her academic interests, she revels in non-fiction books depicting the lives of defectors who once lived in North Korea. Needless to say, she is very enthused by discussions about North Korea and hopes to eventually visit North Korea one day (cross fingers she doesn’t get stuck somewhere else in the journey). She also indulges in Korean dramas in her free time as well.


Having been a Residential Assistant during her undergraduate years, Marisa was able to understand the true essence of community spirit – one that was uniquely Tembusu. As such, she strongly believes in providing a safe and encouraging environment in Tembusu that not only supports one’s academic endeavour but also the individual’s mental and emotional well-being. Continuing on as a Graduate Fellow, she hopes to continue contributing to the community through her active participation in the College’s activities.

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.