SIT’s Future Punggol Campus Gets its First Gift

Generous giving from Ho Bee Land also supports a scholarship

Dr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman & CEO, Ho Bee Land, (third from right) mingles with guests before the ceremony begins.

Ho Bee Land has made endowed gifts of $3.25 million to the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), marking the very first time the University has received philanthropic support for its future campus in Punggol. In recognition of this commitment, SIT has named the auditorium at its future campus in Punggol, as well as its interim campus in SIT@Dover, the Ho Bee Auditorium. 

The Ho Bee Auditorium at SIT@Dover was unveiled at a naming ceremony for the auditorium and appreciation lunch for Ho Bee Land. Held on 1 July 2019, it was attended by Dr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ho Bee Land, and Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education. 

Speaking off the cuff, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, thanked Dr Chua Thian Poh and Ho Bee Land for this leadership gift that supports SIT’s future campus in Punggol and its students. He made a light-hearted appeal to guests at the appreciation lunch to also support SIT

Expressing his appreciation, Prof Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT, said, “SIT is honoured by the firm support from Ho Bee Land – a Singaporean company with a global outlook, and a name that is associated with both quality and sustainability – the very same outcomes that we are also keen to achieve. Thank you for taking the lead to support SIT and our students at this point of our journey, as our young university leaps forward into its second decade.” 

 Ho Bee Land’s Board of Directors together with (second from left) Senior Parliamentary Secretary Low Yen Ling, Prof Tan Thiam Soon, Mrs Doris Chua, Dr Chua Thian Poh, Minister Ong Ye Kung, Mr Ng Yat Chung and Minister of State Sam Tan.


An energetic performance from SIT’s Wushu Club greeted guests at the start of the ceremony

Headquartered in Singapore, Ho Bee Land is a real estate development and investment company with a portfolio that covers many quality residential, commercial and high-tech industrial projects since its establishment in 1987.

 Mr Ng Yat Chung, Chairman, Board of Trustees, SIT, (left) presents a token of appreciation from SIT to Dr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman & CEO, Ho Bee Land.

In his remarks, Dr Chua said that the approach taken by SIT as Singapore’s university of applied learning resonates with Ho Bee Land. He added, “We believe a good education helps open doors to many opportunities. It helps nurture the next generation of leaders and professionals. We also hope that it will help impart to them the good values of giving back to the community.” 

 (From left) Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Manpower; Dr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman & CEO, Ho Bee Land; Prof Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT; Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Social and Family Development; Mr Nicholas Chua, Deputy CEO, Ho Bee Land; Mr Seow Choke Meng, Independent Director, Ho Bee Land; and Mr Ng Yat Chung, Chairman, Board of Trustees, SIT.

Ho Bee Land’s philanthropy has also made possible the Ho Bee Scholarship to nurture academically promising undergraduates from nine degree programmes at SIT (ranging from Engineering to Information and Communications Technology to Interior Design). 

Ho Bee Scholarship recipients, Mr Tan Kah Wei (left) and Ms Lau En Bei, who was on her compulsory Overseas Immersion Programme in Glasgow, expressed their thanks to Ho Bee Land in their own special way. Ms Lau sketched and built a model of the future auditorium whereas Mr Tan designed an interactive platform which can be displayed at the future auditorium.

Mr Tan Kah Wei is one of the first to receive the Ho Bee Scholarship at SIT. The second-year student from the Information and Communications Technology (Information Security) programme said the Ho Bee Scholarship has allowed him to better envision his future. He added, “I hope to be able to use my professional IT knowledge to mentor the young as well as help the elderly who are less tech-savvy, so that they know how to protect themselves from data breaches and security threats.” 

Located in a standalone building by the waterfront, the Ho Bee Auditorium will be part of the teaching facilities in the Punggol campus, with function areas that enjoy unobstructed views of Serangoon Reservoir and Coney Island. It will also have the capacity to host key national and university events. SIT’s Punggol campus will be part of the nation’s new Punggol Digital District.

 The event took place at the foyer of the auditorium at SIT@Dover.