University Endowment Fund
The Foundation administers a University Endowment Fund, under which it gives out the Tan Kah Kee Professorship and Tan Kah Kee Gold Medal Award.
Tan Kah Kee Professorship
The Tan Kah Kee Professorship was launched on 21 Oct 1996 by President Ong Teng Cheong at National Institute of Education (NIE) to honour the late Mr. Tan Kah Kee and to pay tribute to his exceptional and wide- ranging contributions. The date of 21 Oct was especially significant as it was Mr. Tan Kah Kee's birthday.
A donation of $1.5 million from the Tan Kah Kee Foundation and a dollar-for-dollar government matching grant made the Professorship possible.
The first professorship was first given to Prof Daniel W.Y. Kwok from the University of Hawaii, appointed to fill the Chair in History at the School of Arts. It would later be given to eminent professors from other various fields.
Tan Kah Kee Gold Medal Award
The Tan Kah Kee Gold Medal for Chinese Studies was launched at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1996 to reward students with excellent academic achievements in the field of Chinese Studies.
The first Tan Kah Kee Gold Medal for Chinese Studies was awarded to Mr. Toh Hoong Teik. Mr. Toh was the first student to receive a first class honour degree in Chinese Studies since NUS was founded in 1980.