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Mr Yeo Keng Joon (BSC HONS 1985)
A Special Tribute
Similarly, Mr Yeo who also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia did not expect to win the award. “I’m humbled by this gesture,” he says.
He has been very active in alumni matters, being a past President of the MBA Alumni-NUS; Immediate Past President of the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and a member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board since its inception in 2005.
Since 2000, Mr Yeo has been appointed to the Board of Advisers of the NUS Business School. In 2006, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service by NUS.
“To me, contributing to the school is something I enjoy,” elaborates Mr Yeo. “Back during University days, I was already very active in the school. As such, what I’m doing now is like an extension to what I’ve always been doing.”
On how the two Special Service Award winners manage their time, Mr Tay believes “time is what you make of it”.
Apart from his contributions to the school, Mr Tay is also an active supporter and volunteer with several charitable organizations and uniformed youth groups. He is a Director with YMCA Singapore, an Adviser of the Board of Advisers, AIESEC-Singapore, and Honorary Vice President of the Boys’ Brigade in Singapore (since 1996).
Mr Yeo also adds, “It’s also about working with the people around you. We have been able to put successfully put together great teams of people to get things moving.”
In 2007, Mr Yeo single-handedly spearheaded an initiative for NUSBSA in raising about half a million Singapore dollars (with government matching) to set up 10 bursary funds valued at S$25,000 each. Alumni, faculty and friends rallied around this very worthy cause. This NUSBSA Bursary Fund will provide financial aid of $2,500 each for ten needy students from the NUS Business School yearly, in perpetuity.
When asked why both of them continue to contribute to their alma mater after so many years, Mr Yeo says, “I think it’s important that we stay connected with the School, and do what we can to help, whenever we can.”
“Yes, it’s like what they say in Chinese – ‘To remember the source of the water from which you drink’,” adds Mr Tay.