College Green Multi-Purpose Hall Inaugurated

Coinciding with the Chinese New Year celebrations, LKYSPP Dean Kishore Mahbubani welcomed students and staff for the inauguration of the newly-renovated College Green (CG) Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) on February 9th. The ceremony was also graced by the presence of Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel, former Austrian chancellor as the school’s distinguished guest.

In classic Dean Mahbubani style, he emphasized three points in his remarks: history, opportunity, and responsibility. “College Green has produced many great leaders, and therefore in Chinese terms, the Feng Shui is very good,” the Dean said. Singapore President S.R. Nathan and Professor Wang Gungwu, chairman of LKYSPP’s Board of Governors, are among the many eminent people who have spent their student years at CG. Furthermore, the Dean urged the students to seize the opportunity to create a wonderful community with the renovation of the MPH. “To create a community in a village, you always need the village center… Now finally we have the dedicated center. Equally valuable with the learning that you take away from LKYSPP are the networks you establish here.” Emphasizing the role and responsibility of students in producing a sense of community at CG, Dean Mahbubani encouraged students to take good care of the MPH for the use and enjoyment of current and subsequent batches of LKYSPP students.

The MPH is equipped with a multi-media projection system, flat-screen television, meeting areas for group discussion, comfortable sofas, tables and chairs. There is also a billiards table and a café would soon open.

Kevin Teh (MPP 2008/2010), MPP Seniors Class Committee President, believes that the new hall would enhance the learning experience of the students. “Not only does the MPH serve as an extra studying space for students; at the same time, it provides a recreational area for all to socialize and, most importantly, to relax after a long day of lectures,” he said.

The student community also took the occasion to view the winning designs of the LKYSPP Sculpture Design Competition. Dewi Sawitri (MPA 2010) was announced the winner of the grand prize for her designs, while a team of MPA students won the clay design competition for their sculpture entitled “Alchemy,” which depicted how the school creates public value through the education of future global leaders.

– by Loit Batac (MPP 2008/2010)

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