The Advancement Office of SUSS was set up in 2018 to lead the university’s development in terms of matching the philanthropic goals of its various schools and departments with donors. As part of this remit, the Office maintains close relationships with donors, both current and prospective, with the aim of growing or starting their giving activity. In 2018 alone, our donors’ generosity had supported the development of more than 400 deserving recipients through various scholarships as well as study awards and grants.
Alumnus Mr. Glenn Lee, who was previously awarded the Uni-SIM Scholarship (now renamed as SUSS Scholarship), had his tuition fees fully covered up to his graduation in 2019. The scholarship had a positive bearing on Glenn’s learning journey as, upon graduating, he was conferred two further honours – the Taylor & Francis Social Science Core Achievement and the SAGE Gold awards.
On the importance of education, Glenn expressed, “Education to me, is a form of empowerment. It empowers us to make judgements and decisions with the knowledge and understanding that we have gained through it.”
Inspired by the profound impact that donors’ generosity had on him, Glenn explained his decision to become a donor to SUSS himself, “I believe in the Chinese saying: 饮水思源 (yin shui si yuan). When translated, it means to remember or be grateful to the source of water which you drink from. I am grateful to SUSS for the environment that they have provided for me to learn, with the lecturers who taught us (or taught us to find things out ourselves). Knowing that what I give will benefit the next group of students, I am glad to contribute!” he explained.
He added, “I hope to continue seeing students overcoming the different circumstances that they face, unfaltering. That they tread upon the footsteps of generations of students and graduates that are compassionate to meet the needs of the underprivileged.”
“If everyone comes out to give a little, share a little and help a little, I’m sure the world will be better a little. Let us be the ones to reach out our hands because every little that we give goes a long way,” encourages Glenn for more people, including fellow alumni, to give.
Echoing Glenn’s words, an Alumni Lifelong Achievement Fund will be established under the auspices of SUSS alumni and targeted at supporting students on their lifelong education. As a group, our alumni can have a profound impact on the university’s continued development. And this Fund provides a significant platform to deliver that.
Click here for more information on the Alumni Lifelong Achievement Fund and how you can contribute.