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Celebrating Singapore

More than 50 international visitors - including leading citizens of Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and the USA - gathered at Trinity in May for a weekend of activities to celebrate the close ties between Singapore and Australia, and to witness the formal installation of Trinity alumna Dr Susan Lim as the youngest, and first Singaporean, Fellow of Trinity College.

Ms Jennifer Wraight from the Development Office (centre) welcomes distinguished guests from Brunei to the Singapore-Australia Dinner.

At the Singapore-Australia Dinner on 21 May, guest speaker Dr Susan Lim highlighted the friendship and goodwill that has blossomed between Australia and Singapore, 'so that today Singapore is Australia's largest trade and investment partner in South East Asia.'

Dr Lim, who in 1990 performed Asia's first successful liver transplant, told of the 'dramatic changes' taking place in the field of medicine. A leader in robotic surgery and adult stem cell research, she gave her audience a tantalising glimpse into future possibilities in medicine.

She also told students: 'Trinity College provides one of the best educational springboards,' and urged them to become 'true citizens of the world.'

The Singapore-Australia Dinner brought together guests from around the world, including, from left, Ms Penelope Pengilley (Australia), Dr Susan Lim (Singapore), and Brigadier General Pete Dawkins (USA).

Delivering the address at the installation of Dr Susan Lim as a Fellow of Trinity College, the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University and Fellow of Trinity College, Professor Richard Larkins, said that Dr Lim 'epitomises the energetic pursuit of knowledge, excellence and dedication to community service that Trinity College wishes to impart.'

Brigadier General Peter Dawkins flew from the USA to be guest speaker at a dinner following her installation. He spoke of 'Big Ideas' - including biotechnology - and Susan Lim's 'instinct that the time is ripe for frontiers to be challenged.'

In response, Dr Lim said: 'This honour has invigorated me and added further to my commitment to push the frontiers of medicine.'

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