2 Milestones

1951-2000

 

1954

Inaugural meeting of the University of Malaya Society (UMS) held at Oei Tiong Ham Hall, Bukit Timah Campus on 1 July. Present: 44 members. 

 

1956

Nanyang University opened. 

 

1958

UMS operated from a room in the Cultural Centre at Canning Rise. University of Malaya operated campuses in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. 

 

1960

Provided by the University, UMS operated from the premises of ground floor in 7 Cluny Road. 

 

1961

UMS staged its first play, John Arden's Serjeant Musgrave's Dance. 

 

1962

University of Malaya split. University of Singapore opened. Singapore declared independence and joined Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia. UMS became the University of Singapore Society (USS) and published The Graduate. 

 

1964

USS moved into 5 Dalvey Estate which marked the first Guild House. 

 

1967

USS launched the Student Loan Fund. 

 

1968

USS launched Commentary to ‘serve as a forum for interesting views on contemporary issues’ and to make up for a ‘lack of suitable media’.

 

1969

University of Singapore secured site at Kent Ridge for its new campus. 

 

1971 

USS moved to its second Guild House at 15 Evans Road. 

 

1978

Joint Campus set up at Bukit Timah to promote closer ties between the two Universities. 

 

1980

Evans Road Guild House burned down. University of Singapore and Nanyang University merged to form the National University of Singapore (NUS). No longer a Guild of Graduates, representatives were no longer elected to be on the University Council.  

 

1981

USS became the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS). 

 

1984

Kent Ridge Guild House opened, built on land provided by NUS. 

 

1987

Adam Park Guild House opened in March, followed by City Guild House in October. 

 

1989

NUSS pledged $1.6million to the University of Singapore Student Loan Fund, donating $200,000 a year. 

 

1991

NUSS completed a Strategic Planning exercise. BG (Res) George Yeo, Acting Minister for Information and the Arts and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs delivered the inaugural annual NUSS Lecture on 21 June and Promoted establishment of Singapore's first Western opera company, Lyric Theatre (Singapore) Limited. 

 

1992

Mr Ali Alatas, Indonesia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs delivered the NUSS Lecture on 28 October. 

 

1994

Expansion and upgrading of Kent Ridge Guild House. 

 

1995

NUSS pledged $1.5million to the Universities Endowment Fund to establish the NUSS Professorship to NUS. 

 

1997

Opening of Orchard Guild House at Level 8, Cineleisure Orchard in December. Closure of City Guild House at Amara Hotel. 

 

1998

Official opening of Orchard Guild House in November. 

 

2000

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong delivered the Millennium Lecture on 4 November.  Upgrading of Kent Ridge Guild House basement level from October to December.