Rhodes Scholarship open to Singaporeans again

SINGAPORE - The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship will be open once again to Singaporeans later this year, after being suspended in various countries in 2006 due to funding issues.

Singaporean firm APS Asset Management gifted an endowment of £4,000,000 (S$7,400,000) to reinstate the scholarship, which funds postgraduate studies to the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Both the Rhodes Trust and APS made the announcement on Tuesday (Jan 30).

Given out since 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest postgraduate scholarship in the world.

Chief executive of the Rhodes Trust, Mr Charles Conn, said: "Our aspiration is to identify and support innovative, energetic and ethical young leaders in Singapore. We see the value of additional cultural diversity in our cohorts of scholars every day and they learn from each other in profound ways.

"The new annual Rhodes Scholar from Singapore will contribute significantly through sharing their skills, experiences and energy with their peers at Oxford and we look forward to welcoming them to Rhodes House in October 2019."

Rhodes House, in Oxford, is where the Rhodes Trust is based.

The re-introduction to Singapore follows the geographic expansion of the programme, with new scholarships being awarded in recent years to students from China, Jordan, Lebanon and Malaysia.

Former Cabinet minister Raymond Lim, who studied at the University of Oxford under the Rhodes Scholarship and who now chairs APS Asset Management, said: "Just as I was uplifted, and the better for (by) this experience afforded by the Rhodes Trust and my time at Oxford, so too do I wish the same for future generations of my fellow Singaporeans."

The full eligibility criteria will soon be published at www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.

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