The Tanoto Foundation traces its roots to 1981, when founders Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto started a kindergarten and elementary school in rural Besitang located in the Sumatera Utara...
The 2018 Tanoto Scholars and Alumni Gathering in Singapore saw its largest attendance yet, with 62 scholars and representatives from the nation’s top universities – Singapore Management University (SMU), Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore, taking part in the event held at SMU.
Tanoto Foundation which funds the scholarships was founded by RGE Chairman Sukanto Tanoto and his wife Tinah Bingei Tanoto. Apart from providing scholarships, the foundation also supports medical research in Singapore for diseases that are prevalent in Asia.
“This gathering is an opportunity to bring together like-minded individuals and a community who share the Tanoto family’s values of working hard and not giving up,” he said. He hopes that the scholarship inspires students to continue to ‘pay it forward’ and do more good for the society.
Participants learned more about how RGE business groups continue to improve lives by developing resources sustainably. They also received a better understanding of RGE’s sustainability framework, courtesy of Felicia Tang, RGE’s Deputy Head of External Affairs.
One of the ways Tanoto scholars give back to the community is through Project Sukacita, a student-initiated and student-led community service project that allows scholars from both Singapore and Indonesia to serve local communities in rural Indonesia. Previous activities of Project Sukacita include health screenings, health awareness talks, spring cleaning and educational programmes.
In preparation for the upcoming run in May, two students shared their recent recce trip in Kerinci, Indonesia. Now on its sixth year, Project Sukacita 2018 will feature an improved programme, incorporating the lessons learned from its past five editions. This year is expected to be programme’s biggest edition yet, with an expected attendance of over 40 participants from various universities.