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EOS receives S$2 million endowment

15 Jul 2015

The Earth Observatory of Singapore has received a S$2 million scholarship to aid students pursuing a PhD geoscience degree.

The Stephen Riady Group of Foundations made a gift of S$1 million, matched one-to-one by the Singapore government. This endowment will greatly boost research in Earth science, especially at a time of increased geohazard activity in the region.

According to Professor Kerry Sieh, Director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, “The past decade has shown that volcanic eruptions, climate change, devastating earthquakes and tsunamis play a large role in human loss and suffering.  The magnitude 7.9 Nepal and 6.0 Sabah earthquakes and the eruption of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra are just the most recent examples.”

He added, “The Riady scholarship will help enable our students to research such events and the processes that cause them in Southeast Asia.  New knowledge will bring greater understanding of the geohazards we are facing, and with greater knowledge comes greater resilience. We are grateful for the Stephen Riady Group of Foundations’ recognition and support through this new scholarship.”

Read more on The Straits Times article here.