Issue 49, April 2007
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NTU launches new award to recognise and honour teachers who have inspired the University's top students.

The NTU University Scholars Award is a new award launched by NTU to affirm the achievements of its top graduates while honouring the teachers who have inspired and left an indelible mark on these students. The inaugural award, the first of its kind in Singapore, will pay tribute to the exceptional teachers who have influenced the lives and helped shape the education and career choices of these exemplary graduates. 

"Inspirational teachers leave their legacy in the outstanding students they educate," says NTU President Dr Su Guaning. "NTU is proud to create the first university award in Singapore that recognises the impact of our teachers. The award celebrates the top all-round student achievers in the graduating class and the teachers who inspired them."

The top 20 graduating NTU students from the class of 2007 will be able to nominate a teacher from their former junior college, polytechnic and a faculty member of NTU who have been an inspiration to them. The winners of the prestigious award are selected based on their excellent academic achievements in NTU, as well as their strong leadership abilities and their potential for contributions to society.

For the nominated teachers, the award comprises a one-time cash grant of $5000 which will be set up in their name. They can in turn nominate a prospective student from their respective educational institution, who will then receive the cash grant on admission to NTU. In addition, each nominated teacher will also be presented with a Certificate of Honour.

"This is our contribution to creating the virtuous cycle in education that is so vital for the future of our country," adds Dr Su, who cited the late Mr Tan Lam San, his Chinese teacher in Catholic High as the one who has helped shaped his values and beliefs.

The much anticipated award will be presented to the winners at the first Convocation 2007 Ceremony, to be held on 23 July 2007. The nominated teachers will be invited to join the University at the convocation festivities, to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of 2007.

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