National University of Singapore students, staff, faculty, and alumni are mourning the passing of the country’s founding prime minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, who was an alumnus of the university. He died on March 23 at 91.
Lee was a strong proponent of education, and a number of prizes and awards have been established in his name at NUS.
From the NUS website:
A widely respected leader, Mr. Lee successfully transformed Singapore from a British dependency to a thriving nation in the course of one generation. Mr. Lee studied at NUS’ predecessor institution Raffles College between 1940 and 1941, and was conferred an honorary NUS Doctor of Laws in June 2013. He had earlier received the inaugural NUS Eminent Alumni Award in 2005.
Said NUS Chairman Mr. Wong Ngit Liong: “We are deeply saddened by the news of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s passing. Mr. Lee was a globally respected statesman, a visionary leader, and a much admired alumnus of the National University of Singapore. He was a giant of a man who was passionate about education, and a fearless pioneer who made it possible for Singaporeans to have a standard of living today that is admired by many. NUS mourns the loss of one of our own, and sends our heartfelt condolences to PM and Mrs Lee, and the Lee family.”