Timely Financial Help for NTU Singapore Students
The Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has disbursed $1.5 mn in financial support to students facing hardship due to Covid-19 pandemic. More than 1000 students have received financial support under the NTU COVID-19 Relief Package announced in April. Out of these 400 benefited from the NTU Priorities Fund that was created with private philanthropic gifts accepted from a variety of sources apart from deploying available funds of the university. The list of donors included President Prof Subra Suresh with a personal gift of S$100,000 and faculty, alumni, friend and members of the board of trustee. The students received support and they are expected to pay it forward after graduation so that future generations of students with pressing needs can similarly benefit from it. NTU Deputy President and Provost Professor Ling San said: “It has been very inspiring to see the NTU faculty, staff, students, alumni and the wider community come together to support our needy students during this time of great uncertainty. Alleviating their financial burden allows them to focus on their studies without worrying about their living expenses.” Ooi Jun Sheng, a third-year undergraduate student in computer science said that the financial support was of great help to him as Covid-19 had affected the income of his parents.