February 2013|ISSUE 4
Toh Kian Chui Foundation Donates $20 Million

The School is pleased to announce that it has received a gift of S$20 million from the Toh Kian Chui Foundation. With matching funds from the Singapore government, the total endowment amount may go up to S$50 million. The gift will go towards setting up an endowment to fund, in perpetuity, a Distinguished Professorship, a Gold Medal student award, scholarships, research and education.

In recognition of the gift, the upcoming 3-storey annex at LKCMedicine’s headquarters building at 11 Mandalay will be named after respected construction businessman and philanthropist, the late
Mr Toh Kian Chui. To be completed by mid-2013, the distinctive glass building will serve as the School’s education wing, housing a variety of teaching and learning facilities, including a 180-seat lecture
theatre, 60-seat seminar room, and an interim library, among others.

The Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professorship aims to attract world-renowned clinicians and scientists who can make impactful contributions to mentoring and research that will help propel the School to the forefront of medical education and research internationally. In addition to the Distinguished Professorship, the funds will go towards the creation of the Toh Kian Chui Scholarship and Gold Medal. Up to 25 scholarships each year across years 1 to 5 may be awarded to deserving medical students, to fully cover their prevailing tuition fees, living and book allowances annually. The Toh Kian Chui Gold Medal, which comes with a cash award worth up to $10,000 will be given to the top performing medical student from each cohort. An endowment of S$10 million has also been set aside to support medical education and research initiatives at the School, which is set to welcome its pioneer class of 54 students this August.

Toh Kian Chui Annex

Ms Toh Keng Choo, the daughter of Mr Toh Kian Chui says, “We are honoured to be art of a noble mission to produce future doctors of Singapore who will put patients at the heart of their exemplary care. The Foundation has long been a supporter of efforts to level the playing field for students from disadvantaged families. Supporting medical students and research are a part of our mission to educate our youths, and to alleviate sufferings caused by illness. The Foundation is deeply committed to educating deserving students enrolled in all levels of tertiary institutions in Singapore.”

“Advancing medical education and research and helping medical students through scholarships and bursaries will honour the wishes of Mr Toh, who would have studied medicine if he had been given
the opportunity to do so,” adds Ms Toh.

LKCMedicine Dean, Professor Dermot Kelleher says, “The Toh Kian Chui Foundation honours us deeply by making this gift to the LKCMedicine endowment and permitting us to name our first Chair and the annex building of our new  headquarters after Mr Toh Kian Chui. LKCMedicine’s pioneering students joining in August will be just the first of many generations to benefit from the Foundation’s generosity. The Toh Kian Chui Foundation is not only giving the gift of education to deserving medical students at LKCMedicine, it is also making an important long-term contribution to
Singapore, by investing in and encouraging its future doctors to strive for excellence in
healthcare.”